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Kathnne Kay Jenner


My entire life has been amazing grace ... A total amazing grace, for which I have been eternally grateful." - Grama Kay

Kathrine "Kay" Nelson Jenner died on Feb. 8, 2018. She was the child of Swedish She and had immigrants, happy childhood full of dance lessons USO at

and Soldiers

performing in

Field the he Lake Michigan.

She was twice married. First to Arvid, a trumpet player four and


father r

and then to


Tom, with whom she traveled



was a constant source the

warmth an support for her children and grandchil -

. Eventually, she turned dren her love for children into a career. She owned and operated Kay Nelson's Children's World, a preschool, for 25 years.

In 2011, after 84 years

dancing around the suburbs of Chicago, Kay moved to

Billings to be closer to her daughter, Kerry. She threw magnificent parties wherever she went, including a Scandinavian Festival at Mission Ridge on St. John's campus. She adored the Crazy Mountains, Chase Hawks Rodeo and sale day at Still- water Count y Fair, and felt a special belonging to the Corn-

Congregational munit Church y in Absarokee.

at Kay referred to these years in Montana as some of the happiest of her life. She often

"What did I do to asked, deserve all of thi s ?"

Kay was preceded in death

beloved son, Kay

her beloved by her is



ved and Karl Nelson

survived (Mari l yn), Kerry Schmelzer (Lee), Kris Nelson (Pam); grandchildren Lara Stoll (Bryan), Tyler Nelson (Kim), Amy Cooper (Rick), Danny Larkin (Heather), Gabriel Nelson, Emma Schmelzer, Erik Nelson and Josh Nelson;

and great-grandchildren Ryan Nelson (Kellie) Lexi,

Taylor, Bella, Gabe, Kelsey, Gr a ce and Alice, Ryder and Kyper. Just a few days after Kay left the world, her first great-great-grandchild, Amelia Rae, entered it.

Kay also leaves cherished friends and family in the Chicago area and throughout Sweden.

Thanks be to St. John's and Senior Independence of Montana Hospice for bringing her joy, happiness and good care in her last years.

A memorial site has been set up at where thoughts and

memories can be shared with family.