Kay Keller

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Kay (Kittelson) Keller passed away on July 25, 2013 at her home in Hillsboro, while under the care of her family, friends and Hospice of the Red River Valley. Kay was wife to Ross, mother to Dana (Joe) Larkin- Hawley, MN, Andrea Votava - West Fargo, and Kallyn (Adam) Gettel - Hillsboro, grandmother to Jordan Johnson, Evan Johnson, Alli Larkin, Lilly Larkin, Emma Larkin, Nate Larkin, Tiana Votava, Kason Buchholz, Rylan Buchholz and James Fortman, daughter to Georgene Kittelson - Grafton, sister to Greg (Sally) Kittelson - Edmond, OK, Guy Kittelson - Grand Forks, Kristi (Bill) Dahl - Grafton, Bonnie (Kevin) Lien - Fargo, Brett Kittelson - Grafton, David Kittelson - Grand Forks, Kerri (Wayne) Stegman - Drayton, Troy (Sally) Kittelson - Hoople, and Shane Anderson - Middle River, MN, daughter-in-law to Bob (Avis) Keller - Bisbee, aunt to numerous nieces and nephews, quilting friend to Becky Kraby and Jeannie Chandler, and special friend to Janice Lorch.

Kay was born on October 4, 1957 in Grafton, ND where she graduated from high school in 1975. Kay made her home in the Grafton area until 1989 when she and her daughters moved to Devils Lake so she could attend UND - Lake Region.  While attending college in Devils Lake she went on a blind date resulting in her marriage to Ross on May 18, 1991.  After her marriage, her family moved to Bismarck where Kay worked as a paralegal for the North Dakota State Land Department and Attorney General's office.  In 1994 Kay and her family moved to Hillsboro where she worked as a bank teller and high school secretary before becoming the owner of the Traill County Abstract and Title Company in 1999.  Owning the Traill County Abstract and Title Company and researching the land records of Traill County was Kay's dream job and she was still proofreading and editing up to the time of her death.

Kay was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, various civic groups, past Secretary of the North Dakota Land Title Association and past member of the board of directors of the Hillsboro Medical Center.

While Kay traveled by plane, train and automobile through out the United States, quilted, made cards, antiqued, did crossword puzzles, attended NDSU football games and drove an Inferno Orange Metallic Camaro convertible, her biggest joy was her family and friends.

Kay joins her father, Marlyn Kittelson, brother, Steve Kittelson and mother-in-law, Bev Keller in watching over all of us.

The family suggests that memorials to Kay's life be made to the Hospice of the Red River Valley, Roger Maris Cancer Center or the St. John Lutheran Church flower fund.

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  1. Galesburg ND
    My sympathies to Kay’s family. I enjoyed getting to know Kay when she joined Sister’s Choice Quilt Club. It was fun to work with her on the various quilt programs.
    Memorial sent to Hospice of the Red River Valley and no written acknowledgment needed.

    Lori Satrom

  2. Ross & family. Kay will be remembered by many for her great outlook on life and tremendous commitment to her family. Her life impacted many.

  3. Fargo North Dakota
    Tiana: You had a great Grandma! I had never met her before the day I spent doing Healing Touch for her. It was a great experience for me. She talked about you and told me she was lucky to have a,”spunky cute granddaughter” like you. She also showed me how you live life until the last day no matter what is given to you. You are are blessed to have had her in your life…and I know she felt truly blessed to have you in hers.

  4. Cavalier ND
    My sincere sympathy to you all!
    Kay was such a nice person & always made me feel comfortable! I will miss seeing here at our ND
    LTA meetings!

    My prayers to you!

  5. Burlington ND
    Ross and family, Your Kay was so wonderful – her strength during her illness was amazing. She holds my and the entire title industry of North Dakota
    ‘s deepest respect. She will be so missed.

  6. Hillsboro North Dakota
    Ross & family-

    We are very sorry for your loss. We were fortunate to work with Kay when we came to Hillsboro. Kay was a very special person and friend. Kay will be missed by all.

    God bless your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Bob & Michele Green

  7. wahpeton ndRoss & Family, I am so sorry to hear about Kay. She was a very nice person and did a wonderful job when she served as secretary for the Land Title Association. She will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you at the difficult time.

  8. Carrington ND
    So sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. What a lovely, beautiful soul she was. She will be missed by many.

  9. Ross and family — So very sorry for your loss. Kay was an amazing woman and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May all your wonderful memories of her be forever alive and a comfort to all. May the Lord bless all of you.

    Peg & Tim

  10. Fargo ND
    Ross, Dana, Andrea, Kalli, Tiana and family. Our deepest sympathy to all. We were blessed to have known her.

  11. Climax MnOur hearts go out to your family in this time of sorrow and loss. Kay was an amazing woman and we will all miss her so.

  12. Ross and family, My heart is heavy for all of you as you grieve for Kay. She was a wonderful person who lived life to the fullest with joy, kindness and dignity. God bless her memory.

  13. Hillsboro ND
    Kay was a wonderdful person, she will be missed by alot of people. She had a heart of gold. She is in the arms of our Lord now and at peace. God Bless you Ross and the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Christy Boeddeker

  14. Fargo ND
    You are an amazingly strong, beautiful woman. Your sweet personality and kindness towards others will be greatly missed Kay. We Love You, Diane and Courtney

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