Kay  Anderson

Obituary of Kay Odell Anderson

Kay Odell Anderson passed away Thursday, January 11, 2024, in Lodi, CA at the age of 81 years old. She was born in Winfield, Kansas on April 22, 1942, the daughter of the late Esther Odell (Bell) and Horace Odell.


Kay was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Kenneth Owen Anderson of Pine Grove, CA; a stepson, Howard (Susan) Anderson of Siler City, NC; a stepdaughter, Kathryn (Scott) Priller of Elkridge, MD; and her grandchildren, Travis, Jacob, Rachel, Isabel, and Walter.


Kay spent her early childhood traveling from town to town in Kansas and Nebraska for her father’s work. Her family settled in Anthony, Kansas when she started school. After graduating from Abilene Kansas High School in 1960, she attended Kansas University and the Automation Institute of Kansas City. She moved to Missouri to work with Missouri National Life Insurance. In 1974 she moved to Palo Alto, California and began working at Philco-Ford Corp. That same year, while working together, Kay met her husband, Ken. They married in 1977. From 1982-1984 the two moved to England while working with Ford Aerospace. During their time there they enjoyed traveling throughout Europe. Kay continued to work in her field for 20 years; she retired from Lockheed Martin.


In 1996, Kay and Ken moved to Amador County. Kay earned her amateur radio license and was active in the Hamm Radio Community with Ken. She spent time participating in the Amador County fair, where she entered many of her fruit preserves and needlework and won many first-place ribbons. She was also passionate about genealogy research and had chronicled her and Ken’s family’s lineage. 


Kay will be remembered by her family as thoughtful and generous with a wicked dry sense of humor. She loved spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She loved being Nana. Her spirit will forever be in their hearts and will be dearly missed by all of them. Kay and Ken will be interred together at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Pine Grove, California.


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