Kathleen Elizabeth (Nacey) Nyquist was born on July 3, 1925 in Culbertson, Mont. to George (Bud) and Ruby (Shoemaker) Nacey. She passed away peacefully on March 6, 2013 in Missoula, Mont. Kay was raised with her sisters, Patty and Mary, on a large ranch that boasted a herd of more than 10,000 sheep. Kay graduated from Culbertson High School in 1944, went to nursing school in Williston, N.D. and married Kenneth V. Nyquist on Jan. 18, 1947, after Ken returned from the Army. Kay and Ken raised their family on Ken's family farm, east of Froid, Mont. Kay was a fantastic baker, and somehow made time for all she had to do keeping kids in sports and 4-H, helping with all phases of farm life, and still having time for a game of cards. She had a bubbling, joyous laugh that lighted a room. She lived a life of love and devotion to her family and to her Catholic faith. While living in Bozeman for over 20 years, she and Ken attended the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, where they had many good friends. She was involved with the Cursillo movement, and visited Medjugorje, Yugoslavia several times.
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Kathleen is survived by her husband of 66 years, living in Riverside Nursing Home in Missoula, Mont., and sons, Paul (Mary) Patera, Bismarck, N.D.; Tom (Gini) Nyquist, Bozeman, Mont.; John Nyquist, Seattle, Wash.; Peg Moore, Lathrup Village, Mich.; Mary Alyce Nyquist, who was with her constantly during her last months, of Edmonds, Wash.; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; her beloved sister, Patty Picard of Prescott, Ariz., and numerous nieces and nephews whom she adored. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Mary Picard and Nancy Wallis. Burial will occur at a future date.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 17, 2013