TRAVERSE CITY — Our beloved Kay ran into the arms of her Savior, whom she loved and served, on March 1, 2014. His words to her were “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21)
After dealing with Parkinson’s Disease and cancer she was suddenly taken “home.”
Born Feb. 1, 1942, to the late Henry and Anne (Saltz) Velker in Ann Arbor, it was there that she also completed all of her education. This included a B.S. and master’s from the University of Michigan.
Kay developed the first Resource Room in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she lived for 10 years, being very involved in Sweet Adeline’s, including a championship quartet!
Drawn to Traverse City with family there, she taught at Central High’s Resource Room. Her real heart was missions and worship, so she left teaching to spend 16 months in Israel with Project Kibbutz. Returning, Kay felt led to serve at Living God Christian School as a music teacher and then project coordinator at the Church of the Living God for many years. She coordinated and went on numerous short-term mission trips all over the world.
For years she loved leading worship at the church and being a part of their worship team. In her 60s, she served two eight-week stints on Mercy Ships in Africa. In her 70s, she loved working as a Learning Partner at Traverse Heights School and was quite involved with the local 9/12 group, enjoying a drama group where she was the “flamboyant” Dolley Madison. She loved the color purple, so in her memory we encourage friends and family to wear some purple to her celebration service.
Surviving family members are her brothers, Glen (Alice) Velker, of Miami, Fla., and Lou (Beth) Velker, of Ann Arbor; her sister, Marie (Bill) Geer, of Traverse City; and her niece, Kellie (Matthew) Geer Carlson, of Weymouth, Mass., and their daughter, Leah. Also included are special cousins, nephews and nieces and their children.