Kay Kenyon

Lansing, Michigan

Kay Ladone Kenyon was born on July 8, 1937, and passed away on June 13, 2016. She was born in Dearborn, Michigan, the eldest of two daughters to Rupert and Mary Senter. She met her husband (David) of 57 years at Dearborn High School. They married in 1957. Kay and David moved to Cherry Hill, New Jersey, after marrying where they started their family.

Kay worked at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, considered one of the fanciest, hippest dinner nightclub experiences of that time. She worked in the back office answering phones and helping organize events. One of her fondest memories was speaking to Frank Sinatra on the phone; he called her “baby.”

Kay and David moved from New Jersey to Chicago and finally back to Michigan where they raised their four children. Kay worked as a purchasing agent at Melling Forging Co., Troy Design and eventually GM. She enjoyed work and was that rare woman of the time, working a full time job and raising a family.

Kay was a lover of music, and movies. She would go to a movie every day if she could and she danced with the best of them. Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darrin always helped her get her groove on. She also enjoyed baking and was adored by her grandchildren for her famous sugar cookies, cinnamon rolls and fruit pies.

Her husband preceded her in death in February of 2015. She missed him greatly and is now at peace with him. Kay is survived by her sister, Nancy (David) Lowery; four children, David (Julie), Wendy, Kris (Scott) Fisher, Jeff (Vincent); and 6 grandchildren, Jaymes, Joel (Kelly), Andrew Zawisza, Kara (Michael) Fields, Alexi Fisher and Karly Fisher. Kay was thrilled to be a great-grandmother to Olive and Juniper.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel with visitation on Thursday, June 16, 2016, from 4-6 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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Christopher Hurlbutt
June 14, 2016 at 8:18 pm

Mrs Kenyon-rare indeed. What a great life she lived! To the Kenyon children-you are in my thoughts always.

Karen Thelen
June 15, 2016 at 8:33 am

I worked with Kay at Melling. I was a young girl, fresh out of High School and sat right outside of her office. She became like an ‘at work mother’ to me. I’ll never forget when I was pregnant for my first child – there was something strange going on and I was worried about what it was – she put her around me and said “Dear, those are his first hiccups!” She was THE BEST – always chipper and smiling. She used to come tooling into the parking lot with her radio up, singing / dancing to whatever song was on. She was a peach!
My condolences to the family – may you find peace in your memories and the new stories you hear about her from people you have never even met, but who were touched by this beautiful woman!

Lisa Buonaiuto
June 15, 2016 at 10:21 am

I feel very sad about the passing of the beloved mom of my dear friend Jeff and his partner, Vincent. I know her passing has left a deep sense of grief for you two and your family. I send you all my Love. please know that my prayers are with you. Until we see each other again, let your hearts be comforted by the onslaught of Love being sent your way.
I believe Kay’s soul is comforted by that now.


Beverly Cass
June 15, 2016 at 2:21 pm

Dear Kris, Scott and Family of Kay Kenyon. Doug and I are so very sorry for your loss of your mother. Kay was a beautiful woman and I am so very thankful that I got to know her. She had such a fun and bubbly personality and I know her spirit will continue to glow through you Kris. You definitely got your mom’s spirit and beauty. May God ease some of the pain and know she is at Peace with you father.

Mary Lee Caruso
June 15, 2016 at 2:46 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your families as you go through this difficult time. May the memories and stories you have about your Mom help mend your broken heart.

I was fortunate enough to meet her several times at Kris’ home for our ladies Bunko get together she brought a smile and so much love to our group. I will remember always her kind heart a sweet smile.

Julie O'Loughlin
June 16, 2016 at 8:44 am

Very sorry to hear of your loss. Kay had a wonderful life surrounded by loving family.

Deana Josephson
June 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Dave, Wendy, Kris & Jeff,
My heart is broken for the loss of your wonderful Mom. Kay was the very best sister-in-law I could ever have. She, Janice & I had many fun times together. My sons adored her as their special Aunt. Kay always had so much love to give and was just so much fun to be around. She will be in my heart always. God bless you and care for you during this sad time.
Aunt Deana

Your Coshocton,Ohio family
June 16, 2016 at 11:41 pm

Dear family of Kay Kenyon, we are so sorry for the loss of your mother.Kay would spend some time in the summer with her Aunt Edrie and family. DIane and Kay were “best buds”.One of Diane’s favorite memories is watching Kay and Aunt Edrie doing the Charleston Kay was like a “Ray of sunshine. SHe will be missed by her Coshocton family. DIane Moore, Ruth and Richard Davis and Rod and Laura Davis

Roxanne Murner
June 17, 2016 at 9:21 am

Dear Jeff and family, so sorry for your loss. Kay was very supportive when my mother was ill and in her last days. She made her a banana cream pie! We had many happy travels with Sue (Teer) Whitehearse as our “leader.” especially that one to NY where we met Jeff and Vinnie. She lived life to the fullest.

Shelley Lowe
June 17, 2016 at 10:58 am

Thinking of all of you today and remembering your mom, grandmother as a bright spot in my day every time I saw her.

Maria Tsalis
June 17, 2016 at 11:01 am

Dearest Kris, Scott, Alexi and Karly,
You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your beautiful mother and grandmother. No words can ease your pain but know that your friends share in your sadness. May all the cherished memories of her and her love for you comfort you. May her memory be eternal.
Love, Maria


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