KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kay Clancy Dolson, 72, passed away Feb. 11, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Kay was born May 27, 1941, in Traverse City, to Peter L. and Edna B. Clancy. As an “Up North” girl, she was an “A” skater and skier and enjoyed all winter sports and activities on the beautiful lakes of the north woods.
She attended St. Francis High School in Traverse City, where she was the valedictorian of the Class of 1959. She went on to the University of Michigan, where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and received a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology in 1963.
While at the U of M she met her husband, Ed. They married on Aug. 10, 1963, and started life in New York City, with Kay teaching in the New York area public schools. Together they had three children, Michael, Patti and Jennifer, of whom Kay was so proud.
In 1966 Kay and Ed returned to Kansas City, where Kay threw her trademark energy and passion into all manners of school and community activities. Anyone who knew Kay knows she never did anything halfway, whether it was planning parties, supporting kids’ and grandkids’ sports teams, filling the house with her vast collection of Santas and other decorations at Christmas or cheering on Michigan football and KU Jayhawk basketball (what could be better?).
She volunteered at St. Teresa’s Academy and Rockhurst High School and was an active member of Visitation Church, where she was a Eucharistic minister and served with other dear friends on the Pastoral Care Ministry Team. She was an active member of the Kansas City Young Matrons, serving as president from 1979 to 1980. Kay was also a devoted member of the Ladies of Charity, regularly volunteering her time and energy and serving as president from 1993 to 1994. She served on the Board of Directors of the Charity’s main mission, Seton Center, for many years. Seeing a need to focus Seton Center’s fundraising efforts, she organized and co-founded its annual Soup and Sandwich Dinner, raising $21 thousand in 2013. Kay also participated in various Democratic political campaigns and completed a strenuous three-year training program to serve as a docent at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. In 2005 she was honored by the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City at its “Celebration of Women.”