On February 14, 2017, we lost one of the most beautiful souls ever to have walked this Earth, Kay Lynne Hess. Kay was an extraordinary wife, mother, sister, and grandmother. Her kindness, love, and compassion radiated to all those she knew including her family, friends, clergy members, neighbors, and children she provided daily care for.
Kay was born July 17, 1957 in Riverton, Wyoming to Robert and Cathryn Kerth. Shortly thereafter, the family relocated to Nevada where Robert was an educator in Gabbs and Winnemucca, eventually becoming the principal of Elko High School. Kay graduated from Elko High School in 1975.
On August 14, 1975, Kay married Dick Hess, and gave birth to two beautiful daughters, Mercedes and Michelle. They later divorced in 1984. On June 14, 1986, Kay married George Lauver and gave birth to two more beautiful daughters, Ashley and Alesha. They were divorced in 1998.
A few years later, Kay and Dick found each other again and on May 25, 2002, Kay and Dick were remarried, and Kay gained two more children, Marie and Marcus.
Kay was devoted to her family. She was an avid supporter of Elko and Spring Creek sports teams, and enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren participate in football, basketball, cheerleading, choir and band. Kay loved her pets, and was a strong advocate for animal rights.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Alesha Lauver, and her father and mother, Robert and Cathryn Kerth.
Kay is survived by her loving husband, Dick Hess; children, Mercedes (Chad) Woster, Michelle (Kevin) Grider, Ashley (Beto) Chavez, Marie (Kyle) Rose, and Marcus Hess; grandchildren, Jason, Alex, Zach, Sara, Daniel, Makenzie, Kaitlynne, Xavier, Arya, and Hailey; brother, Craig Kerth; nephew, Robert Kerth (Bryanna); and niece, Heather Kerth.
A viewing will be held Sunday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Burns Funeral Home. Services will be held Monday at 10:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church of Elko with burial at the Burns Memorial Gardens. A reception will take place following the services at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.
Members of the family have set up a GoFundMe campaign to help with funeral costs and to honor Kay’s memory with a donation to the American Heart Association. The campaign can be found under the title “Healthy Hearts for Kay”.