Catherine Emily Kay Blakely

05/06/2009 — 05/06/2009

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Three Forks, MT

Catherine Emily Kay Blakely

Catherine Emily Kay Blakely passed away May 2nd, 2009 at Hospice House in Kennewick, Washington. Kay was born November 4th, 1918 in Three Forks, Montana to Charles and Nellie Guiot. She was preceded in death by her mother, father and husband, Charles Blakely.

Catherine graduated Great Falls High School, and Business College and worked as a secretary for the PCA and several other government agencies throughout her life. She married Charles Blakely in 1938 and the majority of their 49 years of married life was spent in Helena, Montana. She was also an avid bridge player and gardener. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend. In 1990 she moved to Richland to be close to family and most recently resided at Altera Winwood.

Kay is survived by her brother Chuck Guiot and his wife, Jean, a sister, Alice Tofslie of Belgrade, Montana, three daughters, Shari Smith, and Marilyn Hayes of Richland and Barbara DeJounge of Laguna, California. Kay was blessed with four grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and one great- great grandchild.

There will be no funeral at Kay's request, but a small memorial service will be held at Alterra on Tuesday, May 12th at 10:30 am. A private memorial service for family and friends will be scheduled in July in Helena. Kay will be buried next to her husband in the Veteran's Cemetery at Fort Harrison near Helena.

In lieu of flowers, family requests that donations be made to Blue Mountain Wildlife, 71946 Appaloosa Lane Pendleton, OR 97801-9308,

Our thanks to the wonderful, caring staff at Hospice at the Chaplaincy. It is comforting to know that our loved ones have the option of such loving care at the end of life.

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  • Sorry to hear that Kay passed away. May the family find peace in knowing that she is with her Lord and Savior. I called Mimi Williams and will send her a copy of the obituary.

    Dorothy Beyer
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dear Barb, Shari and Marilyn,

    It’s hard sometimes to let go of our loved ones, especially our mothers, but I imagine she was ready after all these years. I have wonderful memories of your Mom, who we called “Mrs. Black”. She always seemed to love having us girls come over, was so kind and also had a great sense of humor! I loved Barb’s bedroom upstairs – gees, we had fun up there! She was one of the best Moms I knew at that age and I loved running into her in later years and getting caught up with what you girls were doing. I hope to see you in July at the Memorial service and would love to get together with you Barb, if you’re here. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Sincerely, Kathe

    Kathe Ranger Schmit
    November 4, 2014
    Helena, MT, US
  • Dear Shari,

    I was sorry to hear that your mom passed away. She was always so kind to all of us who slept over. I know she is in heaven and we’ll see her there someday. I will be in Helena for a Schaefer family reunion in July. We arrive in Helena on July 6th and will be staying at the Hampton Inn 1-800-426-7866. Otherwise we will be around Montana for 2 weeks. The reunion is a Canyon Ferry and Wil’s cousin’s new house. Her name is Leona Hovan and her husband is Fran. It would be great to be there for your mom’s service and I would love to see you. Email me when you have a minute. Love

    Pat Schaefer

    Pat Schaefer
    November 4, 2014
    Dayton, OH, US
  • Marilyn and Shari,

    I was sorry to read about your mother’s death. I remember some wonderful conversations with her when she drove up next door to play bridge with Gladys.

    Hope that you are both doing well.


    Sandy H.
    November 4, 2014
    Helena, MT, US
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