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Kay Christine Hines Laging

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Kay Christine Hines Laging

Kay Christine Hines Laging, age 74, of Preston, Minn., passed away Wednesday evening, March 12, 2014, at the Spring Valley Care Center.

Kay was born August 18, 1939, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., the daughter of Sidney and Frances (Williams) Hines. Kay’s father was a professional musician and she traveled summers with her dad and mom as he played at various venues. She spent time in New York City where her dad’s band won the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts program and pig-tailed Kay got Julius LaRosa’s autograph.

Kay graduated from Rochester High School where she was a member of Choral groups, International Relations, Girls Club, Annual, Rifle Team and Student Council among others. She began a lifelong interest in the Spanish language and attended a summer session at the University of Mexico in Mexico City with good friends, Marcia and Kathy.

Kay was attending Rochester J.C. while working part time at the Rochester Methodist Hospital and playing shortstop for the telephone softball team when she met Jon Laging. Kay and Jon were in a group of hospital friends and eventually started spending more and more time together. She married Jon in 1961 at the Congregational Church in Rochester. In 1962 they had twin sons, Christopher and Keller.

The family moved to Sioux Falls where Jon was personnel director at McKennan Hospital and Kay was a strong advocate for the hospital. Then to bedroom community, Dell Rapids, S.D., where Kay started attending South Dakota State University, majoring in History. She belonged to the local Art Club and directed plays at OOPS the Dell Rapids theatre group.

Kay was a portraitist and did many likenesses of friends and relatives including a special portrait of her grandmother which did a wonderful job of capturing her character. She worked for a time at Northwestern Bell while in South Dakota and was the Dell Rapids Children’s Librarian.

Kay and Jon moved to Tucson, Ariz., where Kay was able to use her Spanish language skills. Then to Salina, Kan., where Kay opened her antique shop in downtown Salina. After 12 years in Salina, Kay and Jon moved back to Minnesota to be near their aging parents. Kay again had an antique shop in their 1889 building in Preston. She contributed to the Preston community in many ways; belonging to the Preston Historical Society, active in the DFL and was on the steering committee of the group that protected Preston’s environment.

Kay was a good, smart and interesting conversationalist and a joy to talk to. She enjoyed contributing to Jon’s book and columns. In her later years many happy evenings were spent with friend, Ann, playing scrabble. Both were winners. She gives her love to good friend, Marcia.

A week last summer working in the shop was a special time with her sons and grandchildren. During her lifetime it would make her day to see that Chris was doing OK and to spend time with Keller. A smile would come to her face whenever she saw a loved one. Kay was a wife who was everything a wife could be to her husband, Jon. She loved her family dearly.

She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Jon; sons, Christopher and Keller; daughter-in-law, Michele; grandchildren, Hunter and Tracy; as well as loved cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Sidney and Frances Hines.

The funeral was 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the Congregational Church UCC in Rochester with Rev. Teresa Roberts officiating. Spring burial will be in the Chatfield Cemetery.

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