Kay S. CaswellNovember 18, 1940 – June 30, 2004
Kay S. Caswell, 63, a longtime resident of Glenwood Springs, passed away June 30, 2004, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.There will be a public funeral service at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs, Friday, July 9, at 10 a.m. Pastor Robert Sewell will be officiating. A reception is planned at the Glenwood Springs Community Center at 1 p.m. following the service. Visitation will be at Farnum-Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs on Wednesday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday, July 8, from 4 to 9 p.m. A private burial service for family will occur at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.Kay was born in Austin, Texas, on Nov. 18, 1940. She was the daughter of Edward Clyde Caswell and Catherine Louise Strohe Caswell. In 1946 she moved with her parents and younger brother, Bill, to Bartlesville, Okla., where her father was a civil engineer for Phillips Petroleum Co. Kay graduated from College High School in Bartlesville in 1958. She attended the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated from the Oklahoma School of Nursing and became a registered nurse in 1963. After college, Kay was drawn to Colorado as staff nurse for the Easter Seal Handicamp, a summer recreational camp for children with disabilities near Georgetown. She later worked as a registered nurse for Jane Phillips Memorial Hospital in Bartlesville, Okla.; Children’s Hospital in Denver; Aspen Valley Hospital in Aspen; and Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. She worked for several private doctors and Rocky Mountain Home Health Care in Glenwood Springs for a few years while raising her four children.Kay also spent many years as the camp nurse for the Methodist church camp on Grand Mesa.As one of the original employees hired to establish the Glenwood Springs Wal-Mart in 1987, Kay worked in many capacities during her 17 years of service. She was proud of being employed by the largest corporation in the world and also enjoyed the interpersonal relationships she developed with her customers and fellow employees.From the age of 8, Kay excelled in music, especially on the marimba. Throughout junior high and high school, she participated with the orchestra and marching band. She played bell lyre with the University “Pride of Oklahoma” Marching Band at events such as college sports halftime bowls. After moving to Colorado, Kay continued to enjoy her music by teaching marimba and performing in the First United Methodist Church, Symphony in the Valley, and the Hot Strings Band in Glenwood Springs for many years. Kay was involved with a large number of groups and organizations in the valley over the years. She had a sense of adventure and loved the outdoors: skiing, rafting, hiking, and sightseeing. Kay also enjoyed books and movies, and social activities of all kinds. She was a lifetime learner and had a remarkable gift for recalling specific details and events.Kay is survived by her four grown children: her son, Greg Choate, and his wife, Camille, of San Diego; her son Chuck Choate, and his daughter, Krista, of Evergreen, Colo.; her daughter, Monica Thompson, of Denver; her son, Matt Thompson, and his wife, Brandi, of Evans, Colo.; and her brother, Bill Caswell, and his wife, Rosi, of Bartlesville, Okla.Kay was preceded in death by her parents in 1998. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers contributions to her memorial fund be made at the Glenwood Springs Wal-Mart.
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