In Memory of




Obituary for Kay Suzanne McCarthy

The Earthly life of Kay Suzanne McCarthy ended on Aug 1st, 2022, physically surrounded by 4 of her 5 children. 

She was immediately welcomed to the Kingdom of God by her late son, John Stannard, who became a resident just 2 months prior. He had spent his days gathering family and preparing a welcome home party for his mom. Upon arrival at the Gates of Heaven, which were incredibly pleasing to Kay’s visual palette, Kay met her own mother, Marjorie Rice, for the first time since she was 3 years old. Also awaiting Kay’s entrance was her dad and the love of her earthly life, Tom Stannard. So many souls danced in the Heavens upon her arrival and her accolades for a life well lived were acknowledged and appreciated by Jesus Christ, her Savior. 

Kay invested in her life by prioritizing people. The true measure of her wealth remains the love she shared for life and her ability to exemplify what intention and persistence can reap. She lived with a twinkle in her eyes and a quick dance move that synchronized smoothly into her stride as she went from two-step to jazz to waltz. She never skipped a beat; each season of her life demonstrated her artistic soul. 

Kay embraced every stage of her life and used gratitude as a tool to overcome life's trials. Seeing the good in every bad situation, recognizing that “doing something, even if it's wrong “moved her to the next right thing when making decisions...she was a master of creating her own joy as she was dealt some challenging hands during her stay on earth. 

Kay held many prestigious titles and was recognized on many platforms for her paintings and her ability to provide leadership to organizations and events for the arts.... but the one she is most noted for and proud of is her legacy of love for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She fulfilled her heart's desire to leave a story of people who came to Jesus. She ultimately handed over the reins to Him as He greeted her at the gates and the party ensued. 

There will be a celebration of Kay’s life at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 14, 2022, at the Wesleyan Church, Colby, KS. A dedication of her ashes will take place at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2022, at Riverview Cemetery, in Williston, ND.