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Kay M. Stout

March 11, 1957 - January 22, 2020

Celebration of Kay's Life - Monday

January 27, 2020
- 11:00 AM

Hope Lutheran Church - North Campus

Visitation - Monday

January 27, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Hope Lutheran Church - North Campus


Boulger Funeral Home

Kay M. Stout

March 11, 1957 - January 22, 2020


Kay Marie (Pladson) Stout, 62, of Williston, ND, passed away on January 22, 2020 at Farmstead Living, Moorhead, MN, surrounded by family assisted by Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Kay was born March 11, 1957 to Sidney and Ann (Evenson) Pladson of Hatton, ND. She grew up in Bismarck, graduating from Bismarck High in 1975. She was confirmed at McCabe Methodist in Bismarck, but later found a home at Hope Lutheran in Fargo. In 1983, Kay was blessed with the light of her life: Bethany, known as “Bethie Boo.” Together they lived in Bismarck, Minot, and Fargo/Moorhead where Kay worked at CI Apparel in Fargo and Elks Camp Grassick in Dawson, ND. On September 30, 2000 Kay and Jim were married in Bismarck after meeting again at Elks Camp Grassick; they made their home in Williston, where Kay spent much time volunteering at The Wise Penny.

Kay loved talking to and playing with her grandchildren, organizing and reducing clutter, thrift shopping, spending quality time with Bethie, being at Elks Camp Grassick, baking and cooking, cats, manicures, bicycle riding, doing laundry, having conversations with family and friends (but not on the telephone), trees, and neat farmsteads. Kay enjoyed reading, watching movies, taking drives in the country, playing violin, playing Nintendo and dominos, jewelry, and gardening (although she left the green thumb to Jim). Her favorite mottos were “Love always multiplies, never divides” and “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” Kay will be remembered for sacrificing diplomacy to tell the truth (or her version of it), for her sense of humor (and sarcasm), for being a mom to everyone she met, and for putting up with Jim for over nineteen years.

Kay is survived by her husband Jim, her daughter Bethany (TJ) Kraushaar and grandchildren Evan and Lily Kraushaar of Fargo, her step-son Derek (Cathy) Stout of Bemidji, MN, her sister Kim Pladson of Fargo, and her brother Jon (Joan) Pladson of Long Beach, CA, and nieces.

Kristen (Shawn) Stroh and family of Tappen and Lori Beth (Michael) Strom and family of Valley City, and her cat “Kat.” Kay was preceded in death by her mother and father and four of the “Candy Cats:” Licorice, Toffee, Oreo, and Kit.


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22 responses to “Kay Stout”

  1. Wendy McGinley says:

    Sorry for your family’s loss. Know that your family is in the thoughts and prayers of many.

  2. Renee and Kirby says:

    We are always thinking of you and yours.

  3. Riley Yadon says:

    Jim, I’m very sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your family and I hope you find peace through everything. Please let me know if there is anything that I could help with.

  4. Kim Weismann says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. We know how special Kay was to you, Jim. Sending our love and support. Remember we are here to help with anything. Love, Tony and Kim.

  5. Wayne & Betty Lund says:

    Jim and Family,
    So very sorry for your loss of Kay. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. Hugs, thoughts, and prayers to you all.

  6. Joann schmitz says:

    Prayers for strength and good memories to help you through this trying time

  7. Barb Hicks says:

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. I have so many wonderful memories. One I’ll never forget and will be forever grateful is when Kay pierced my ears when I was in 5th grade with one of Grandma Evenson’s hat pins, ice, and a potato. I was the envy of my class. Mom was “fit to be tied” whatever that meant to a 5the grader, but I couldn’t have been more proud so I was willing to put up with her wrath. Kay gave me her “snoopy” earrings and I walked in to school that Monday morning proud as a peacock. I guess you could say I carry Kay with me always as every time I wear earrings I think of that day and Kay saying, “she’ll get over it!” My deepest sympathies to Jim, Beth and family, Kim and family, and Jon. She will truly be missed. Although my heart aches, I will always have our memories of all of the wonderful times my cousins came to visit. Many of those visits were the highlights of my childhood.

  8. Darlene Schrenk says:

    Prayers for your entire family for strength and comfort! Loosing someone you love is hard and may seem unbearable at times but God and your friends, and family along with the wonderful memories will comfort you!

  9. Shawn ODonnell says:


    Thank you for all the wonderful memories. I still remember when we would come up for supper when you and Bethany lived above us in the apartment when we were little. You will not be forgotten.

  10. Maeve MacSteves says:

    Jim and Family
    Sending you love and hopes that your happy memories of Kay bring you comfort and peace.
    Maeve & Bill 💜

  11. Lynn & Chad Haverlock says:

    Jim and Family, we are so sorry for the loss of Kay. Praying for peace as you mourn.

  12. Debbie Slais says:

    Jim, I’m so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

  13. Edna Bohe says:

    So sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. My thought’s and prayers to you and the family. Peace to all and God Bless.

  14. Diane Farnsworth Rue says:

    So sorry for your loss — Kay was a great gal. I knew her when she was young going to Pioneer Elementary School. Diane Farnsworth Rue

  15. Janet Rahn says:

    Bethany, so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Desaree villers says:

    We are so sorry to hear the loss of a great regular customer of wise penny . Everyone here at Wise Penny gives their condolences you her husband and family, friends .

  17. John and Mary Miller says:

    Jim – Mary and I are so very sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  18. Kari Lesmeister says:

    Jim & Family, Deepest condolences during this difficult time. May your precious memories of time spent with her carry you through this sorrow.

  19. Alicia (McClary) Bauley says:

    Professor Stout,

    Jim, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. I often think about you and your family and please know she is watching down on all of you!

  20. Martha. S says:

    Professor Stout, deeply sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  21. Margaret (Knecht) Schaar says:

    So sorry to hear about Kay’s death. Condolences to all of Kay’s family.

  22. Brian says:

    Missing my KMP. Best to the family. Cousin BJP

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