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Kay Kuester


February 23, 1919
February 20, 2020

Visitation 10:00A.M. - 12:00 P.M. Monday, February 24, 2020 - Irvin Macz Funeral Home, Centralia
Funeral 12:00 P.M. Monday, February 24, 2020 - Irvin Macz Funeral Home, Centralia

Kay G. Kuester, 100, of Centralia passed away surrounded by her loving family Thursday, February 20, 2020 at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. She was born on February 23, 1919 the daughter of Albert and Gladys (Barron) Scott in DuQuoin. She married John English and they later divorced, two children were born to this union. Kay married Lawrence Kuester on July 29, 1967 at the First Christian Church and he preceded her in death on April 1, 2001.

Survivors that will carry treasured memories of Kay include her devoted children, Terry English and companion Patricia Kennedy Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Carol Phelps and husband David Sr. of Centralia; step-children, John Kuester and wife Helen of Centralia, and Barbara Kyker and husband Patrick of Centralia; cherished grandchildren, Christy Rascher and husband Kerry of Flora, Shelley Koelmel and husband Rodney of Shattuc, Michael English and wife Stacy of Shattuc, Aaron Stover and wife Janice of Kentucky, and Jason Kuester of Centralia; 9 precious great-grandchildren, Hanna Allison, husband Bobby, Jacob, Jenna and, Jaelyn Koelmel, Averie Stover, Noah Stover, Jayden English, Brayden, and Hayley Kuester; and many special nieces and nephews.

Along with her husband of 33 years, Lawrence Kuester, Mrs. Kuester was preceded in death by both her parents; first husband, John English; sister, Winnie Bailey; and brother, Raymond Scott.

Education was important to Kay and she arrived in Centralia from DuQuoin, by train, to attend Browns Business School where she later graduated. She worked diligently for McBride Oil Company in Centralia. Kay also helped with registration for Selective Service during the 1950 and enjoyed meeting all the kind young men registering to serve the country. Kay was a member of Zion United Church of Christ where she found peace and contentment in her worship time. The church was blessed as Kay shared her beautiful, singing voice in the choir. She loved to dance and was a member of the Circle 8 Square Dance Club. Known as the “Centralia Squares”, Kay and other members of the club made lasting friendships as they shared their passion for square dancing. A celebrity at the local McDonalds, Kay and her friends never missed an opportunity to gather and share a story and a laugh over coffee.

A celebration of life service will be held at 12:00 P.M. Monday, February 24, 2020 at the Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia with Rev. Paula Comper officiating. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Centralia. A visitation time will be held from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home in Centralia. Memorials may be made in Kay’s honor to First Christian Church Disciples of Christ or Zion United Church of Christ. Online condolences and memories of Kay may be shared with the family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.