Kay M. Beaver


Kay Marlys Beaver, 87, passed away on Monday, July 12, 2021. Kay was born July 14, 1933, to Leonard D. and Evelyn C. (Tukua) Stanek in Austin, MN and attended school in Albert Lea, MN.

On June 26, 1951, Kay was united in marriage to Phillip Leroy Beaver in Albert Lea. The couple lived in Newport, Rhode Island, while Phil served in the Navy until 1953. The couple returned to Albert Lea and were blessed with three children. Kay worked as a secretary for Pete’s Welding in Albert Lea. The family moved to Byron, MN, in 1974, and Kay worked as a teller for the State Bank of Bryon for several years. She worked for 20 years (until her retirement) as a desk attendant on East-18 Mayo Clinic. She received a Karis Award in 1993 from the Saint Mary Hospital Sponsorship Board (currently Mayo Clinic Values Council). The Karis Award was established to formally recognize the many caring persons who live out the Mayo Clinic Values in an extraordinary way, as they serve patients, visitors and colleagues.

She was an avid Minnesota Twins fan. She also loved to cook and provide big family meals for holidays and birthdays. Certain family members would go so far as to even hoard her homemade donuts.

Kay is survived by her daugher, Lonna (Allan) Stork of Oronoco; sister-in-law, Sharon Stanek of Albert Lea; grandchildren, Jennifer (Paul) Skarie of La Crosse, WI; Ellysa (Tim) Schottler of Farmington; Ryan Stork of Oronoco; and Lee (Katie) Clancy of Cannon Falls; and eight great-grandchildren, Mick and Aiden Stork, Connor and Griffin Skarie, Clay and Sam Schottler, and Prairie and Cass Clancy.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Phil; sons, Kevin and Randy Beaver; her mother, Evelyn Spilde; stepfather, Victor Spilde; father, Leonard; brothers, Leonard and Carlyle (Conky) Stanek; brother-in-laws, Duane Beaver and James Johnson, and sister-in-laws, Francis Johnson, Beverly Beaver, and Darlene Beaver.

Many thanks to the wonderful care and compassion she received from the staff at Arbor Terrace Memory Care Unit, Seasons Hospice, and Mayo Clinic in Rochester and Evergreen Place Assisted Living in Pine Island.

A private celebration of life is planned and her ashes will rest at the Byron Cemetery.

Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Kay may be shared at rochestercremationservicesmn.com

6 thoughts on “Kay M. Beaver

  1. Lonna,
    I’m so sorry for the passing of your mother. I’ll keep you and your family in my thoughts.

  2. So Sorry Lonna for your Mom’s passing. You and your whole family are in Russ and my thoughts and prayers. May you find Peace in her Memories.

  3. Matt and I lived across the street from Phil and Kaye. They were the best neighbors!! Keeping a watchful eye on our house. Kaye would call us if we left our garage door open and they cleared our driveway in the winter a couple times. At one of Kaye’s garage sales, Matt bought a trailer that belonged to Phil that I believe he made. We use it alot and always call it “Phil’s Trailer”. When she moved to PI, we really missed her! May she rest in peace with the Angel’s in Heaven. God bless you all!❤❤

  4. My deepest condolences, Lonna and family!
    It was always a joy to talk with Kay nearly every workday morning when checking status of patient appointments in 1983-1991. We, of course, chatted about other things which made us both laugh. I am glad to learn she received the Karis Award. She so deserved it! May your many fond memories ease your sorrow. With sympathy!

  5. Your friends at City Centre in Pine Island MN sending our condolences for Kay.

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