September 10, 1914 - September 28, 2013 Resided in Hartford, CT
Mary K. "Kay" Gilmore, 99, of Hartford, formerly of Hays, Kansas, passed away on September 28, 2013. She was the wife of the late Pascal "Pat" Gilmore, who died in 1953. Kay was born in Ash Grove, Missouri, on September 10, 1914, the daughter of the late Joshua and Lucy Elson and the sister of the late Victor Elson. She attended Springfield (Missouri) Business College. She lived in Hays for 45 years, where she was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and a life member of the Hays chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She raised three children and put them all through college. She worked in the registrar's office at Fort Hays State University for 20 years and was an active member and a state officer of the Business and Professional Women's Association. Kay moved to West Hartford in 1995, attended the West Hartford United Methodist Church, and continued to pursue her life-long interests in quilting, knitting, reading, music, crossword puzzles, and college basketball. Kay is survived by her son Thomas J. Gilmore and his wife Sharon of Overland Park, Kansas; her daughter Carolyn McGovern and her husband Daniel of Walnut Creek, California; her daughter Virginia Vocelli and her husband Robert of West Hartford; three grandchildren, Stephanie Sharifi and her husband Michael of Katy, Texas; John Gilmore and his wife Elizabeth Mendez-Gilmore of Overland Park, Kansas; Katherine McGovern and her husband Richard Pizzi of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and five great-grandchildren. The family thanks the staff of Station One of Avery Heights and Masonicare Partners Home Health & Hospice for their excellent care of their mom. Burial services will be in Willard, Missouri at a later time. Memorial donations may be made to West Hartord United Methodist Church, 1358 New Britain Avenue. West Hartford, CT 06110 or Avery Heights, 705 New Britain Avenue, Hartford, CT. 06106. Arrangements are under the care of the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center of Avon.