Kay Ellen (Auten) Nelson – WHS Class 1967 – Aug 18, 2017
Kay Ellen Nelson, age 68, of Marietta, GA, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Friday, August 18th 2017. Preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Eldon Nelson, and her parents Kermit Earl Auten and Barbara Powers Auten. She is survived by both her daughters and sons-in-law, Leah and Scot Stankiewicz, and Heather and Paul Rattin, and four granddaughters, Kaylee, Lauren, Kate and Taylor.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, teacher, and friend. She grew up in Winslow, IN and was a graduate of Winslow HS class of 1967, where she was an Eskimo cheerleader, majorette, band member, Rainbow Girl, and choir member. Two years after graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Eldon. After years of working in corporate positions and raising her children in IN, OH, and GA, she went back to school to follow her passion. She received her degree at age 50 as an Occupational Therapy Assistant from Middle Georgia State University. She worked in the Cobb County School System helping children with special needs until her retirement.
Her most precious role was being Mimi. She loved her grandchildren, and was always helping her daughters raise their girls. She was very active in their lives, and attended nearly every recital, sporting event, school event, and of course, birthdays. She spoiled them, and they loved her so much.
She loved to travel, and was able to experience many amazing adventures. She was always on the go. She spent much of her free time going out with friends, playing Mahjong, shopping, and out to the theater. She was confident, vibrant, loving, caring, helpful, and everyone that knew her adored her.
Visitation will be held at Mays Ward Dobbins Funeral Home at 180 Church Street in Marietta on Thursday Aug. 24th from 5-7 PM. The service to celebrate Kay’s life will be at 10:00AM on Friday Aug 25th at the First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, 189 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060.
In Lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Marcus Autism Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.