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.