Kathryn Ella Williams
September 8, 1914 – November 15, 2004Kay Williams, long-time Glenwood Springs resident, passed away Monday, Nov. 15, at the age of 90.She was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on Sept. 8, 1914, to William and Lucy Pulling. She was educated in Windsor and Toronto, Canada, and Florence, Italy. The family’s winter months were often spent in Naples, Fla., where they would fish for mangrove snapper, grouper, and pompano. Kay met her husband, Hank Williams, in Naples during a scavenger hunt on the beach.Hank and Kay were married April l9, 1941, in Windsor. They honeymooned on their way west to their new ranch in Canyon Creek that Hank had purchased as a wedding gift for his bride. Kay had never before been west of Chicago. After originally starting a dairy cattle operation called H Lazy K, Hank and Kay expanded their ranch into other areas, including a guest ranch. Kay continued to operate Rock-n-Pines Guest Ranch until the day she died. She was a gracious host to many over the years. Kay was an avid golfer, fisherwoman, and bowler. She greatly enjoyed traveling, reading, knitting, and arranging flowers. The Broncos and Rockies kept Kay on the edge of her seat, as she was a devoted fan.Kay was known for her fierce independence and strong will. She had a generous heart and was truly interested in the lives of those around her. Her unique sense of humor and her love of storytelling endeared her to all who knew her. She was the matriarch of her family and will be greatly missed.She was preceded in death by her son, Steven, in 1947, husband, Hank, in 1968, and daughter, Jill McKennis in 1995. She is survived by her brother, John Pulling of Naples, Fla.; son and daughter-in law Eric and Shirley Williams of New Castle; and grandchildren Jackie Williams of Silverthorne, Colo., Tanya Williams of Erie, Colo., and Kendra and Alice McKennis of New Castle.A memorial service in celebration of her life will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Glenwood Springs with Chaplin Patty Harris officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for the Independence, Attn: Jeanell, 1600 Ute Ave., Ste. 100, Grand Junction, CO 81501.A memorial service in celebration of her life will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Glenwood Springs with Chaplin Patty Harris officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for the Independence, Attn: Jeanell, 1600 Ute Ave., Ste. 100, Grand Junction, CO 81501.
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