Thelma Kay Pattison, 79, passed away at her home in Keizer on May 14, 2013.
Kay was born and raised in Pacific Grove, Calif. She was valedictorian of her high school class. Kay forfeited a full scholarship to Stanford University to wed Walter Pattison in 1952. She later received her BA from San Jose State College.
Kay committed her life to serving Jesus Christ.
Kay and Walter raised seven children. Both teachers, they moved to Sixes, Ore. in 1970 and purchased a dairy farm. In 1976 they felt led to serve as missionaries in Africa.They served three years as teachers in Zambia and eight years in Kenya, establishing churches amongst the Maasai.
After returning home Walt and Kay served as pastors in churches in Waldport and Wallins, Kentucky. In 1993 Kay and Walt moved to Salem, teaching at Salem Academy. After a stroke in December 1998 Kay retired.
Kay was known for her quick wit and humor. She enjoyed reading. She was grandmother of 21 and great grandmother of 12.
Kay is survived by husband of 61 years, Walter, and children Deborah Davies, Stephen, John, James, Lynn, Bunny and Mike Walsh.
Services will be held at First Church of the Nazarene, 1550 Market St. NE Salem on Friday, May 17 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Missions Department of First Church of the Nazarene.