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Kay Horwath


Kay Horwath or "Little Kay", 94, passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 20, 2017, at the Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Care Center, where she had been residing for the past year.

Born on November 12, 1922, to Louis and Anne Sirucek in Moore, Mont., Kay led a happy childhood on the family farm and attended the one-room school, until 8th grade, and then graduated from Moore High School before earning a degree in accounting from the Billings Business College in Billings, Mont. She moved to Cody, Wyo., to begin working for Husky Oil Company where she met the love of her life, George Horwath. They were married on May 19, 1947, and were married for 66 years at the time of his passing. They raised three daughters and had six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 In addition to being a loving wife and mother, Kay taught Sunday School at the Presbyterian Church, was a Girl Scout leader, a 4-H leader and was an active member of the Cody DOES, Drove #29 for 26 years.  She loved her family and friends, traveling the US and abroad, nature and the outdoors, handcrafts, and preparing meals and treats for anyone lucky enough to eat anything prepared in her busy kitchen.

 She is survived by a brother, Robert, of Kalispell, Mont.; daughters, Donna (David) Bailey of Phoenix, Ariz.; Jo Anne (Charlie) Stickney of Thermopolis, Wyo.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kay was preceded in death by her husband, George; daughter, Kathy Wierzenski; parents; and three sisters.

Cremation has taken place at Ballard Funeral Home in Cody, WY. A memorial will be held on August 6, 2017, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Elks Club in Cody.



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