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Obituary - Lela Kay Wilson

Kay Wilson passed away peacefully on Dec. 7, 2010. She was a breast cancer survivor early in life, but sadly lost the battle to cancer this year. She was 70 years old.

Kay was born in Clovis, N.M., on March 23, 1940, and raised by parents Aurvil Rose Price and father Lloyd C. Price. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1958. Kay lived in Clovis for many years. She was married to Franz Wilson for 32 years and had three sons, Brent, Kevin and Grant Wilson.

With an inquisitive spirit always ready to explore exciting places, Kay resided in many different cities in New Mexico, including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho and Las Cruces. Kay had a passion for the great outdoors, and she and her family frequently enjoyed camping, hunting, snorkeling and fishing in New Mexico and all over the country.

Kay loved to do many activities, and she traveled near and far. She was very full of energy and life and curious and interested in just about everything from nature, to her church, to her dear friends and family. She went white water rafting down the Rio Grande and Arkansas rivers, traveled in a hot air balloon, and climbed many mountains including, Pike’s Peak, Mt. Wheeler and Mt. Taylor.

Kay loved the Santa Fe area and was an energetic member of The United Church of Santa Fe (UCC). She was very active in the church, serving on various committees and one year served as Moderator of the church. Talitha Arnold, the minister of UCC, reflected recently on Kay’s years in Santa Fe, saying she considered Kay a saint because she was willing to let her life be transformed by her journey of faith. Kay was always open to new information and new ways of seeing things and willing to take risks. In the mid-’90s, she became Moderator of the church. She was an active community volunteer and among other contributions served as president of the local Habitat for Humanity.

Kay was not only a talented and hard working accountant, but a loyal friend, and a lifelong seeker of truth. One adventure she shared with two of her close companions, Mary Lou Carson and Mary Deane Lynn, both of Santa Fe, was a trip in a four-wheel drive vehicle up to the headwaters of the Rio Grande above Creede, and over the top of Stoney Pass to descend on the other side to Silverton — a breathtaking journey for all of them.

Most recently, Kay lived in Pagosa Springs, where her life adventure continued as she worked as a tour guide to help visitors appreciate the beautiful mountains, rich history, and outdoor scenery in Colorado. She became a Tai Chi instructor at age 68 at the Pagosa Springs Senior Center. Always ready to make new friends, Kay loved to square dance and regularly attended local gatherings and classes. At a square dance in Pagosa Springs, she met the love of her life and her companion to the end, Leszek Stobiecki of Farmington, N.M. Kay and Les enjoyed traveling and exploring New Mexico and Colorado together.

Kay was greatly loved and will be missed by all those who knew her. She is survived by her companion, Les Stobiecki; her sister, RoJeanne Thomas of Amarillo, Texas; and her three children, Brent Wilson of Albuquerque, N.M., Kevin Wilson of Clovis, N.M., and Grant Wilson of Lubbock, Texas. She has eight grandchildren. She is also survived by nieces Leesa Ferrero of Round Rock, Texas, and Melanie McMullen of Alameda, Calif.

A memorial commemorating her life journey will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 15, at The United Church of Santa Fe at 1804 Arroyo Chamiso, Santa Fe, N.M. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions or memorials in her name to The United Church of Santa Fe or the American Cancer Society.