Dorothy J. Kay

October 01, 1933 ‒ February 16, 2013

Marion, Ohio

Dorothy J. Kay, age 79, of Marion, died unexpectedly Saturday morning, February 16, 2013, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital following a brief illness.

On October 1, 1933, Dorothy was born at the old Smith Clinic on Church Street in Marion, the daughter of the late Daniel R. and Grace M. (Weikert) Yocom. She graduated from Marion Harding High School in 1952. She furthered her education by receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Bowling Green State University in 1956.

Dorothy took a job teaching 2nd grade at Pleasant Local Schools in Marion in 1956. She taught at Pleasant for 30 years, retiring from her position in 1986.

On June 7, 1959, Dorothy married the love of her life, Donald F. Kay, at the Central Christian Church in Marion. They raised a daughter, Susan, and cherished time together as a family. Dorothy and Don shared over 36 wonderful years of marriage before he preceded her in death on July 30, 1995.

A woman of strong faith, Dorothy was a devoted member of the Central Christian Church since 1948. She was very involved in the church, holding many positions including: Deacon, Elder, and Sunday School Teacher. She was also a member and past President of the Ruth Circle.

Dorothy was very involved in the community and a member of many organizations. She was a member of the Marion General Hospital Twig III, where she enjoyed working in the gift shop. She was also a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Ohio Eastern Star; a former member of the White Shrine; and a longtime member of the Y-Gradale Sorority. She was also very involved in the Marion and Pleasant Senior Citizens and enjoyed her Euchre Card Club.

In her spare time, Dorothy loved to travel, read, work on crossword puzzles and spend time with her friends and her cat, Jack.

Dorothy will be dearly missed by her daughter, Susan (Mark) Noland of Mount Vernon; two grandchildren: Matthew (Lori) Noland of Ada, Michael Noland of Mount Vernon; a great grandson, Jett Noland of Ada; and many wonderful friends.

Dorothy’s family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2013, at the Central Christian Church, 421 Mount Vernon Ave., Marion. Services celebrating her life will be held there on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Merlyn Winters officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Heights Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Central Christian Church.

Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve Dorothy’s family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting