Kay Atwood passed to peace on January 13, 2010 after extended loving care at Rockwood South, in Spokane, Washington.
Her parents were originally from Spokane, but father, Clarence, was working in Waldo, BC for lumber companies and managing a semi pro baseball team. Kay's mother returned to her parent's home in Spokane anticipating Kay's birth. Kay was born July 1, 1918.
After her birth, the family lived in the Waldo BC, and Medicine Hat, Alberta areas. The family returned to Spokane where she attended and graduated from North Central High School. She was an early Cougar, graduating in Pharmacy from WSU in 1940. She fell in love and married George Atwood in Spokane.
When George returned from his WWII service in the Seabees, Kay and George moved to Coulee Dam Washington for construction of that project and later to Bridgeport, Washington. Central Washington was developing and she worked as a relief pharmacist for several rural pharmacies in the region, including Bridgeport and Omak, making many long term friends. She was friendly and hard working and truly enjoyed her work, giving small pharmacies in the area the opportunity to take some time off and still have their customers (sometimes very urgent) needs met. She also applied her skills as Mayor of Bridgeport. After some retirement, the couple returned to Spokane and renewed friendships there too.
Kay loved living in Central and Eastern Washington and did many things from hunting to golf, playing cards with friends and planning to attend the next rodeo. She also loved her dogs and wildlife. The couple had a passion for exploring. They traveled in the NW, driving the Alcan Highway in the early years. They also ventured around the world with explorations that led them to places including Ngorongoro Crater in Africa, Shanghai, the Sepik River in New Guinea, the outback of Australia and New Zealand. Many friendships rounded out a very full life.
Kay is survived by several loving nieces and nephews with whom she shared many adventures over the years. Kay and George were a particularly active part of the lives of nephew Mike Henderson, his wife Diana and children Dan and Denise. She was greatly loved.
Kay was preceded in death by her sister, Doris Henderson and dearly loved husband George.
Memorial Services will be held at Rockwood South Manor Social Hall at 1:00 pm Monday, January 25, 2010.
Memorial contributions in Kay's name may be made to Merry Glen Home and School, 2917 N. Cincinnati, Spokane, WA 99207.
Arrangements entrusted to Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N. Monroe St.