Sharon “Kay” Perry, age 79, passed away Monday, Mar. 21, 2022, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. Kay was born June 18, 1942 in Pittsburg, Kansas, the daughter of Roy and Mary Spriggs. Raised on a farm with her two sisters, Kay was a quintessential farm girl. She learned to approach life with practicality, creativity, openness and love, and those traits she carried throughout her life.
After graduating high school, she went on to become a registered nurse, attending the Mt. Carmel School of Nursing in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Kay married Roy Perry on Nov. 30, 1963. They had two sons. One son, Jeffery Bret Perry, preceded her in death.
Kay had a long and rewarding career as a nurse, spending most of her working life with the Boeing Company in Wichita, Kansas. She was dedicated to her coworkers, friendly with everyone, and seemed to know almost everybody who worked at the plant.
While never an avid sports fan, she nonetheless cheerfully supported her husband and sons’ youthful sports endeavors. She gladly became a team mom, making sure there was plenty of hot chocolate available for the winter games and amply cold beverages for the summer events. She was always there for her boys and they knew she was their number one cheerleader.
It seemed that she never met a stranger. The personal connection to others was very important to her. Kay loved to talk and loved to listen, always eager to catch up on what was going on with you and to share what was new in her world.
Kay was quite gifted at the arts and crafts, immersing herself in many styles of creativity. Her house and the houses of her friends and family are adorned with some of the many pieces she created.
She loved to collect family heirlooms and personal mementos. To her, the value wasn’t in the object itself but in the history and family lineage attached to each object. She could recall from memory the detailed past of each object and loved to share her memories of the person who once owned it.
After retirement she and Roy built a house on Table Rock Lake where they enjoyed hosting and entertaining their many friends and family members. Kay had a lifelong love of animals and she enjoyed observing the many creatures that dwelt in the woods around her house. She could not stand to see an animal in distress. Throughout her life she sought to rescue or home many stray domestic and wild animals.
Kay was a good daughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend. She is now and will always be greatly missed by those who knew her.
In addition to her son Jeff, she was preceded in death by her husband, her mother and father, and by her sister Judy Ulery.
She is survived by her son Brian (Christine) Perry of Greenbrier, Arkansas, and her sister Vikki Bateman of Pittsburg, Kansas, and by many nieces and nephews.
A Graveside Memorial service for Roy and Sharon “Kay” Perry will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 11, 2022 at the Cherokee City Cemetery. Friends are requested to meet at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, if one so desires, a donation may be made to Haven of The Ozarks Animal Sanctuary in Washburn, Missouri. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Friends may leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, Kansas.