Kay Loraine Carlson
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Posted by David Schott (+14976) one month ago
Kay was a regular participant on the milescity.com forums. Her username was "Kacey". I am sorry to learn of her passing.

Kay Loraine Carlson

On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Kay Loraine Carlson passed away at the age of 65.

Kay was born on May 18, 1955 in Miles City, MT to Arnold and Bernice Carlson. She loved going to her grandma and grandpa’s house for Sun-day dinner and to watch The Lawrence Welk Show with them. Kay graduated in 1973 from Custer County District High School. During her time at CCDHS, she was active in choir and played organ at the First Lutheran Church.

Kay married Thomas Bright on September 12, 1977. Kay and Tom welcomed daughters Keely and Jenny into their family. Kay stayed at home with them, and was very involved in everything they did. She was a constant support to the girls, and always put them first.

In 1992, she married Bob Bergerson in Miles City, MT. During her time in Miles City, Kay attended Miles Community College. She was the editor of the MCC newspaper and took classes in photography. Kay graduated valedictorian with an associates degree in Journalism, later finishing a degree as a paralegal.

Kay was very active in local politics. She was proud of her work on her campaign for the Democratic Party. She was very passionate about maintaining connections to others by running the Custer County Graduates Page on Facebook. She loved keeping in touch with former classmates, and going to class reunions to see friends from all over.

She was an avid agate collector, and often went to Rock Creek National Forest in Red Lodge to listen to the water in the creek. She would wait hours to take the perfect picture of a beautiful sunset.

Kay loved learning about her Swedish heritage and family history. She enjoyed playing pinochle with her parents and family. Kay loved to cook with her Grandma and continued to cook throughout her life with her mom, daughters and grandchildren. She was an avid collector of many things including Wizard of Oz collectibles and all things having to do with elephants. She loved to collect and make her own jewelry. She was very passionate about rescuing animals, and had many pups over her lifetime.

Kay was very proud of both of her daughters who turned out to be teachers. She was very supportive of Keely’s elementary students over the years, and helped create a beautiful Dr. Seuss classroom for Keely. Kay loved going to hear Jenny sing at her choir concerts, and later, to watch her direct as a music teacher. She always put her family first above her own needs and did everything she could to make sure her girls were taken care of.

When Kay’s daughters had children of their own, she continued that tradition of showering them with love and kindness. Her greatest loves were her three grand-children, Allie, Adam, and Bella. She loved them with her whole heart. Kay liked taking them to the zoo and various parks around Billings. She also enjoyed taking her grandchildren to the candy store to get fudge. When they couldn’t be together in person, Kay enjoyed talking to her grandchildren on video chats. She loved keeping in touch and seeing what they were doing from day to day.

Kay was preceded in death by her father, Arnold, her mother, Bernice, and her brother, Wayde. She is survived by her husband, Bob, daughters, Keely (Brett), Jenny (Jesse), and grandkids, Allie, Adam, and Bella. She is also survived by her brother, Mike, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the animal shelter of your choice.
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Posted by Karen L. Morris (+1053) one month ago
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Thank you for posting this, Dave. I will miss Kay. She was a very passionate individual and always did whatever she thought would help others or make the world a better place.
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