Mary K. Gilmore

Mary K. "Kay" Gilmore, 99, of Hartford, Connecticut, formerly of Hays, 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.

Since her marriage in 1936, she lived in Newton and Great Bend, Kansas, and Hooker, Oklahoma, before moving in 1951 to Hays, where her husband and his brothers established the Gilmore Construction Co. She lived in Hays for 45 years. She was active in the First United Methodist Church and served as church secretary for several years. She was a life member of the Hays chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She worked in the registrar's office at Fort Hays State University for 20 years and was active in the Business and Professional Women's Association, which she served as a state officer. She raised three children and put them all through college. In retirement she enjoyed travel to the British Isles, Alaska, Hawaii, and throughout the lower forty-eight states.

Kay moved to West Hartford in 1995 and continued to pursue her life-long interests in quilting, embroidery, 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, Connecticut; 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. Also surviving is her nephew Louis Carl Gilmore and his wife Karen of Hays.

Burial services will be in Willard, Missouri, on November 9, Wesley Cemetery, 1:00pm. Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Hays, 305 W. 7th, Hays, KS 67601 or Hays Chapter, Order of Eastern Star Memorial Fund, 2714 Hillcrest, Hays, 67601. For online condolences, please visit