Kay Lorraine (Alberding) Perry of Green Valley, AZ, and Madison, N.Y., passed away peacefully from cancer on January 31, 2013, at her Green Valley residence. She was born on November 1, 1942, in Utica, N.Y., to Glen Alberding and Marguerite Shauger Alberding. She graduated in 1960 from Oriskany Falls Union Free High School, and earned an Associate's Degree in 1962 from Utica College, both in New York.

On July 18, 1964, Kay married William (Bill) Perry of Utica at the Oriskany Falls Methodist Church. They lived in Rochester, N.Y., from 1964 to 1972 and during that time had two daughters, Amy Lynn and Laura Jean. Kay worked as a legal secretary during that time. From 1973 to 1999 they lived in Burlington, Iowa, where they were members of the First United Methodist Church and the Stagedoors Sunday school class. Kay was one of the founding members of BikeBurlington in 1978. In 1979, she was given the Ambassador Award from the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. Kay was an active member of the Shutterbugs camera club, and started a photo inventory service. She also worked as an office manager for a cable company. From 1984 to 1999, she and Bill ran the Out-of-Stater's Bicycle Charter for RAGBRAI, a bicycle ride across Iowa. In the summer of 1995, they joined 300 other bicyclists to peddle across the United States from California to Washington, D.C. as part of the Iowa 150. Kay also enjoyed traveling as an associate with International Travel Associates. She was very proud to earn a B.A. degree from Western Illinois University in 1998.

In 1999, Kay and Bill started living in Green Valley, AZ, during the winter months. Kay was a member of the Valley Presbyterian Church, and then Unity in the Valley Church. In 2009, The Springs subdivision of Green Valley named their beautiful picnic park "Perry Park" in Kay and Bill's honor.

During the summer months, Kay and Bill lived on a beloved lake in Madison, N.Y. Kay was a member of the Oriskany Falls Methodist Church and the Limestone Ridge Historical Society. In 2009, she traveled to Alaska to complete her goal of being in all 50 states. Kay's hobbies included photography, bicycling, hiking, bird watching and genealogy.

Kay is survived by her husband and two daughters, Amy Perry and Laura Perry Housewright (Scott), and two grandchildren, Jordan Kay Almendinger and Lucas William Housewright, all of Madison, N.Y. She is also survived by an uncle, Leon Cowles of Waterville, N.Y.; an aunt, Evelyn Alberding Hayward of Camden, S.C.; a niece, Kate Welch May and two nephews, David and Tom Welch and their families; and many cousins. Kay was predeceased by her parents, grandparents, many aunts and uncles and several cousins.

Kay was a wonderful wife, devoted mother, proud grandmother and caring friend to many. She was a loving and generous soul, and her faith, courage and positive attitude during her bout with cancer was an inspiration to all who knew her.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Unity in the Valley Church in Sahuarita at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 9, with Reverend Maurice Guerette officiating. An additional service will be held at the Oriskany Falls Methodist Church in New York in late summer with Reverend Becky Parry officiating. Interment will be at Carr Cemetery in Marcy, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider the two churches mentioned or a in Kay's honor.

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Feb. 6, 2013