Kay Myers

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Kay Diane Jones Holt Myers, 87, of Metcalf, departed this Earth for higher realms Nov. 23, 2019, surrounded by her four daughters in her beloved Paris home.  

Friends and family will gather at her Paris home between 3 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, to celebrate her life and share memories. Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Known as “Nanny Kay” to her much-loved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she graduated from Paris High School in 1950, and shortly thereafter married her high school sweetheart, Jack O. Holt (1930 - 1998), who served our country in the Korean War. 

She is survived by four daughters, Lorri Diane Holt of Nevada City, Calif., Valinda L. (Floyd) Woods of Paris, Sherri (Ruel) Holt Elledge of Paris and Jenna Kay (Kevin) Tessman of Paris; five grandchildren, Tony (Jamie Boatman) Holt of Paris, Justin (Kaylee) Hasenour of Pinellas Park, Fla., Erika Woods of Terre Haute, Ind., Eryn (Jeremy) Gorman of Clinton, Ind., and Sam Holt Fishman of North Hollywood, Calif.; and eight great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by a brother, Art Jones.

Over the 25 years of their marriage, Kay and Jack Holt had four daughters, moving in 1959 to California’s San Francisco Bay Area, where she worked for many years in the banking world as a bank teller and later as a loan officer.

In 1976, she married Marvin Myers, and they lived for nearly four decades in Cameron Park, Calif. After his death in 2014, she returned to her favorite place on Earth – Paris, Illinois, to be with most of her family, who had also returned to Edgar County over the intervening years. 

Mrs. Myers was a woman of great faith, and for decades was a member of the Shepherd of the Hills Methodist Church in Cameron Park, where she assisted the pastor and served her community in many capacities.  She was also a member and past president of the Christian Women’s Club, was active in the Walk to Emaus Project and was a member of the P.E.O Sisterhood. In addition, she was a joyful member of the church choir, known for her lovely soprano voice. She and her family enjoyed singing together (often in three-part harmonies) on family trips and special occasions.  

Mrs. Myers was blessed with a magnetic personality, a beautiful smile and an innate sense of style. Rarely shy about expressing herself, she was a lively conversationalist and loved entertaining friends and family in her home.  

The family expresses deep gratitude to Lincolnland Hospice, and most especially to Cassie Rich, whose experience, kindness and caring made a big difference at a difficult time.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, ECCF/D.O. It!, or Lincolnland Hospice.

Online condolences at www.stewartandcarrollfuneralhome.com.