Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon
Mrs. Helen Kay Died Suddenly
Memorial services for Mrs. Helen Mae Kay, who passed away Sunday, October 11, 1964 about noon at her apartment in the Berland building, were conducted yesterday (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. by the Bollman Funeral Home at the Enterprise Community church, with the Rev. James E. Jones officiating. Guy Craig sang “In The Garden,” and Mrs. Gail Swart was organist.
Casket bearers were: Virgil Wagner, Harry Voss, Alfred Owsley, Stanley J. Farris, Gerald Homan, and Dan DeBoie, and Vault entombment was in the Enterprise cemetery, with ritual committal service by Wallowa Valley Chapter No. 50 OES.
Mrs. Kay was the daughter of the late George and Mary Hayden and was born in Kildare in Kay county, Oklahoma, July 16, 1897. She came to Wallowa county with her parents about 52 years ago. On October 2, 1919 she was married to Enterprise to Ralph Drake Kay who preceded her in death on September 29, 1963. She was a member of the Community Church and of Wallowa Valley Chapter No. 50 OES and was a past matron.
Mrs. Kay had suffered a heart attack a couple of years ago in California where she and her husband were spending the winter, but seemingly was in her usual health when stricken Sunday. Mrs. Kay loved music, had a charming voice and was very generous with her talent.
Survivors include a son, James, of Burbank, California; a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Priscilla) Kirkman, of Oceanside, California; and six grandchildren.
The son and daughter both came by plane Monday to Pendleton and were met there by Mrs. Roger Kay who brought them on to Enterprise.
Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, October, 1964 no actual date noted
Contributed by: Sue Wells
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor