Kay attended St. Louis parochial school and Mount Saint Scholastica Academy, after which she was employed at the Fitz garment factory in Atchison for 2 years. She married John A. Pauly at St. Louis Catholic Church in the Good Intent Community, August 28, 1941. After marriage there, they lived on a farm northeast of Purcell, Kansas.
Kay was a very active member of St. Mary's Altar Society at Purcell, Kansas and a 30 year member of the Cheerio Extension Unit of Doniphan County. She was also a Girl Scout leader for many years. She may be remembered for the many beautiful wedding and anniversary cakes she baked and decorated in Atchison, Doniphan and Brown Counties and also the St. Joseph, Missouri areas.
In 1977, Kay became a certified nurses aid and was employed at Tri-County Manor in Horton, Kansas for three years. She then worked as a nurses assistant at the Hiawatha Community Hospital for six years.
Kay and her husband, John, retired and moved to a new home in Hiawatha, Kansas, June of 1984 and celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary on August 28, 2001. She was a member of St. Ann Altar Society of Hiawatha and Our Lady of the Rosary Makers. Her retirement hobbies were Ballroom dancing and growing roses, many of which she gave to St. Ann Church each week from June to November.
Kay was preceded in death by her youngest sister, JoAnn Dierking; her only brother, Dennis Finnegan, both in 1992. Also preceded in death by her parents; sister Aileen Fuhrman in August 2001; daughter Rita in December 2006; her husband John in June 2004; and a grandson Eric Meredith in 1994.
Mrs. Pauly is survived by her four children: Marjorie (Clem) Becker of Centralia, Kansas, Carol (Lee) Rosenboom of Kansas City, Kansas, John D. (Jason) Pauly of Portage, Wisconsin, Janet (Tim) Hutsell of Jerome, Michigan; a sister Virginia Colgan of St. Joseph, Missouri; 19 grandchildren, one step-grandchild; 47 great-grandchildren, 4 step-great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ann Catholic Church of Hiawatha, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 21, with Father Sylvester as the celebrant. Interment will follow at Hiawatha Cemetery.
Friends may call after 12 noon Thursday at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home where the family will meet from 6 until 8 that evening, with the parish rosary to be recited at 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions are suggested to NEK Hospice or the American Heart Association and may be sent in care of the funeral home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha 66434.