Kay Lynn Johnson age 69 of Walker passed away peacefully Saturday, February 5, 2022 with family by her side at May Creek Memory Cottages in Walker after a long goodbye from Alzheimer's Disease. She was born on March 11, 1952 in Austin, Minnesota to Edward & Madeline (Lowary) Schneider.
Kay grew up on a small farm in Austin where she enjoyed spending time with her family and horses Star & Lady. After graduating college she moved to Burnsville to stay with her sister and family while working at Holiday Companies as an administrative assistant. In 1973 she moved to Walker to help with her mother's businesses: The Buckskin Trading Post & Inn at the Y Restaurant & Motel. In 1979 Kay & David's daughter Amy was born and they then began traveling for David's work to Odessa, Las Vegas & Reno, then moving back to Walker to be closer to family in the early 80's. After moving home they purchased Mallory Plumbing & Heating and renamed it Jones Plumbing & Heating which they ran for many years.
In the early 90's Kay returned to work alongside her mother at Heritage Gifts eventually purchasing the business. Overtime she expanded & added Heritage Custom Framing where she did some of the most beautiful framing. In 1997 Kay re-married the love of her life Steve and together they enjoyed many years of traveling, family, friends & eventually spending winters at their home in Fountain Hills, Arizona and returning to enjoy Minnesota summers.
Kay loved being outside in the sun, hiking & walking with dear friends, gardening, antiquing, art, music, time at the lake and most of all spending time with her daughter & granddaughter. She was a strong & loving mom, always on the move, a hard worker and always liked to leave things a little bit better than she found them.
Kay will be joining her family that went before her who include her parents Edward & Madeline; a beloved grandmother Zella; sister Jane Olson, & husband Stephen Johnson. She leaves behind to cherish her beautiful memory, daughter Amy (Jon) Knowles & granddaughter Madeline of Walker. Nieces & nephews; Todd, Julie, Chuck & Melinda & extended family and friends.
Special thanks to the staff at May Creek Assisted Living for their loving care & support over the years & CHI St. Joseph's Hospice.
A celebration of life will be held in June in Walker.
Kay’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN Online condolences for the family may be left at www.northernpeace.com
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