June 12, 2018
Gilbert, AZ - Kay Walker, age 72, passed away peacefully of cancer, surrounded by family on June 12, 2018 in Gilbert, Arizona. Kay was born in Whitehall, Montana on August 21, 1945 to the late Gladys and David Mortensen of Alder, Montana.
Kay attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse in Alder, MT. She graduated from Sheridan High School and later married Thomas H. Simpson. They made a home in Twin Bridges, MT, where they raised their three children, Thomas J. Simpson, Amy Dirks, and Kristi Sharpe. The family enjoyed camping at Wade Lake, snowmobiling, and spending time at their mountain cabin with family and their many friends. Kay’s passions included her faith, cooking, reading, rock and roll music, and her many pets over the years. Kay also loved to travel and took many trips including trips to Europe, Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, and throughout the United States.
Kay lived in Montana until her husband Tom’s passing in July of 1997. A few years later Kay moved from Montana to Lewiston, Idaho to be near her daughter Kristi. While in Lewiston she married the late Chuck Walker and became a bonus mother to Charlie Walker and Darci Johnson. Their greatest joy was spending time with their 10 grandchildren: Bradley, Riley, Halle, Daren, Madi, Grant, Dash, Mason, Elle, and Colt. In Lewiston, Kay became very active in the Methodist church and greatly enjoyed her bible study group, book club, and volunteering for their many activities.
Kay’s humor and kindness will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Everyone who met Kay was touched by her enormous heart. Her battle with cancer was one she faced with tremendous courage and strength and even a sense of humor. Her family would ask that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
A service for Kay will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 1906 Broadview Drive, Lewiston, ID 83501 at Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 2 p.m. with a reception immediately following.