Kim Lay age 60 passed away on July 29, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family after a long and courageous battle with a disease that ravaged her body but not her spirit or her faith in her Lord and Savior.
Kim was born on September 24, 1957 in Coffeyville, Kansas to Melvin "Hoss" and Laverda (McGuire) Folk. Kim attended grade school in Dearing, graduating from Field Kindley High School, she continued her education at Coffeyville Community College. She later returned to school, obtaining her bachelor degree from Pittsburg State University and her master's degree from Friends University. Kim was involved in 4-H with in their youth her sisters, Kathy and Kelly, she had a true talent of cooking, sewing and horseback riding. Kim shared her talents with her family, baking everyone's favorite pie, and sewing costumes for her grandchildren. Kim has never been afraid of hard work or dedication. Working many careers over the years starting at the bank, Haliburton, as a real estate broker and she found her passion at Coffeyville Community College. Over the years she wore many, many hats in a 27 year career, having just retired in May 2018. Her dedication to the CCC Red Raven Booster club will be sorely missed by not only the staff but the students as well. She became a mother to students, fondly known as "Miss Kim", always willing to help. Kim received the Paul Harris Fellow Society award and many other awards for life achievements. Kim and Bill shared a passion for education and established the Bill and Kim Lay Scholarship Fund to carry on their dedication in years to come.
For those who knew Kim understood her driving passion for everything she did. She first and foremost had a love for her God and Savior Jesus Christ, second was her family, she was protective, independent, strong, determined and always went above and beyond. Kim married William "Bill" Lay on June 1, 1976 having just celebrated 42 years of marriage. Together they share the joy of having two sons, Justin and Timothy. Kim was involved with her boys in everything they did, traveling to every sporting event. Kim's true joy of having children intensified when she became "Nana", she cherished every moment with her granddaughter, Charlie and grandsons, Oliver and James. Kim was also that aunt that so many wish they had. She was also a friend that was a true friend for life.
Kim has left quite a legacy, she is survived by her husband, Bill; sons, Justin and his wife Nicola, Timothy and his wife, Jefferie; parents, Melvin and Laverda Folk; grandchildren Charlie Lay, Oliver Lay and James Lay; sisters, Kelly Folk and Kathy and her husband David Hershey; a host of nephews and a niece and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
Services celebrating her life will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 10 am at Dearing Christian Church where she has worshiped for a lifetime. Burial will take place at Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville. Friends are invited to sign the register and greet the family on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. At the request of the family memorial contributions may be made payable to Oklahoma Cancer Specialists And Research Institute specifically for Patient Care, those contributions may be left in care of the chapel. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com
Bill and family, we were saddened by the news of Kim's passing. Please know you're in our thoughts and prayers.
Monte & Linda CompstonLongmont, CO
so sorry to the family
Jason GormanIndependence, KS
I just learned of your loss today from David's post. So sorry to hear. May peace and comfort surround you and your family at this time.
Linda Brothers EstesOlathe, KS
Prayers to you and your family Justin
Sharon BertramTulsa, OK
sorry to the family independence ks
Jason GormanIndependence, KS
So sorry for your loss. One of the hardest things in life is loss of our loved ones. We always want to win the battle. But, for our loved one the battle is over and they are at peace. The hard part is left for us to carry on and keep her dreams going in ways we sometimes don’t understand. One day at a time.... May God bless you and the family during this very trying time.🙏
Cheryl LayCoffeyville, KS
Bill, Sorry for your loss. I will pray for your family & friend . Kim you will be surely missed . Rest in pease. We will meet again some day in heaven .
Steven ArmesIndependence, MO
To the whole family,
So sorry for the loss of such a beautiful lady. She is with the Lord now and doesn't have to fight any more. She fought a courageous battle for so long and never gave up. May the Lord comfort you all in your loss and give you peace.
Janet MorganCoffeyville, KS
Kim was my boss at CCC throughout her battle with cancer. I watched her come to work day after day with a smile on her face. She is one of the strongest women I have ever known; the other was my mother. I couldn't have asked for a more competent and caring leader. We would visit every morning and I became very close and protective of Miss Kim. When she would talk about her grandchildren her eyes would light up! She kept a drawing on her office door authored by Charlie her granddaughter. Her grandsons live in England and we always knew when she shut her office doors it was facetime with them. Do Not Disturb! I am praying for peace to all the family knowing that her smile isn't forced through pain anymore.
Mona WalkerCoffeyville, KS
It’s hard to forget as smile as warm or as bright as Kim’s. She was a wonderful woman with a heart of gold and this world was brighter while she was in it. But, now her spirit is free to soar and her pain is gone. My condolences, and those from my own family, go out to Bill, Justin, Tim, and their families. We are so very, very sorry for the loss of a truly great woman.
Gary WellerWoodstock, IL
Our deepest sympathies! Praying for your family.
Joel, Tammy, Ashley & Brooke
To Bill & Family. We are so sorry for your loss of Kim. Know she was a strong, special Lady
Always with a smile & friendly attitude. Always put her heart into her family & work. Remembering our 4-H Days with fond Memories. May God Bless & Keep You!
Jerry & Lois FreemanCoffeyville, KS
We are thinking about you at this difficult time.
Mike and Alyson WilsonValley Center, KS
To Bill and family, Kirk and I are very saddened of the news of Kim. Hugs and prayers from your Okie cousins.
Lynette TrotterClaremore, OK
Bill, we are thinking and praying for you. We will miss Kim and her kind heart and courageous spirit.
Walt and Virginia Miller, KS
Love and sympathy to Kim's family. She was a joy to work
with. CCC won't be the same without her.
DARLA AND FRED BARNERCoffeyville, KS
CCC HAS LOST A TREASURE , WE WILL ALL MISS HER/////
eddie blackCCCBentonville, AR
To Bill and family, very saddened of the news about Kim. Fond memories of growing up and friendship with both of you and your families. Thoughts and prayers to you and family.
Bob MerchantSouth Haven, MN
From Grade School in Dearing where the Campbell kids and Folks kids played together. Kim was always the mother of us all. Heaven is celebrating a special Angle to enter it's gates
Dean and Carla LeLaCheurCoffeyville, KS
Kim fought the good fight and is now at rest. Condolences to Bill and the boys and everyone that knew her. She will always be remembered. Once a Raven, Always a Raven.
Helen RigdonSioux City, IA
Words cannot express how saddened we are to hear about your loss. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.
The Vediz FamilyPittsburg, KS
I met and worked with Kim at a drive-in bank shortly after I moved to Coffeyville in the mid 70’s. Her and I and another employee, Kathy Bell became close friends as we worked together in the tiny drive through along with our manager Wanda Lamb. We called ourselves Wanda’s Angels! We also began running around together on the weekends. Eventually we all moved on to other jobs and family responsibilities, and Kathy and I leaving Coffeyville, but anytime over the years that I would see Kim I always knew she considered me a friend. I had the pleasure to walk the survivors walk with her at the 2017 Relay for Life which was the last time I saw her. She was a beautiful woman inside & out. My deepest sympathy to her family from a person who had the honor of being a friend of Kim Lay!
Susan HerrellArma, KS
Bill, boys, Melvin, Laverda, Kathy and Kelly. I am so sorry to hear this. May God carry you through the days to come. Kim will be greatly missed. I am hearing her laugh as I write this. Gretchen
Gretchen AMOSCoffeyville, KS
Sending prayers for the family.
Tony and Pam PippinIndependence, KS
Bill your in our hearts and prayers for you and your family.
Kim will be missed by many who she helped in her lifetime.
William and Debbie StultzCaney, KS
We are so sorry to hear about Kim. Your family, one & all, are in our prayers during this difficult time. God Bless!
Gene & Susie Ross
Susie RossElk City, KS
Bill, I want you to know that Ginger and I have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Michael and Ginger WrightCoffeyville, KS
To the entire family:
We are so sorry for your loss. Scripture tells us that "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord". Kim has already seen our blessed Savior face to face!
You all are in our thoughts and prayers that God will give you His comfort and peace that passes all understanding.
Tom and Delores Blevins
Delores (Carr) BlevinsCoffeyville, KS
Kim will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Such an inspiration for us all.
Diana BredehoftIndependence, KS
Bill & family,
I am so sorry to hear about Kim. Our hearts are sadden for you and your family. We will keep you in our prayers toady and always.
Diane and Richard GeorgeCoffeyville, KS
So sorry to hear of Kim's death. Many fond memories of the entire Folk family
Peggy and Fred MuellerWoodstock, GA
Today while we are sad Kim is in Heaven celebrating life. We are so honored to have known and enjoyed life with Kim. Forever in our hearts and we will see you again! Love, The Lee's
Travis and Erin LeeCoffeyville, KS
Bill, I cannot express my sympathy for you and your family enough! I am praying for all of you during this difficult time!
My heart is broken!
B (Gladys Miller) Mann
B MannStillwater, OK
To the entire family::
I am so for the loss ofvthe most beautiful, courageous and loving friend!! I truly will miss her and that infectious smile and her positive outlook! Love to all!
Christie EngelCoffeyville, KS
Kim will be missed by all who knew her. Prayers for the family
Selma and Johnnie peytonCoffeyville, KS
Kim was a strong lady that always had a smile for everyone. She will be missed by all. My condolences to her family. Strength to you all in this time of grief.
Rosemary Withers SortoreCoffeyville, KS
Bill, Justin, and Tim, my heart breaks for your loss. She was a wonderful woman. I'll cherished my memories of Dearing School and her energy as one of my homeroom Mamas. Lovely lady!
Becky BarnhartLiberty, KS
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Kim was such a sweet and special lady, she will truly be missed. CCC won't be the same without her. May God give you strength and peace.
Larry & Laura MarkleCoffeyville, KS