Kay Ellen Chilcutt GUNTER

Kay Ellen Chilcutt Gunter died on February 26 after a long struggle with breast cancer and its complications. She was born March 29, 1937 in Macon, MS to Goody and Jack Chilcutt. After growing up in Columbus, MS, she attended Mississippi University for Women, graduated from the University of Miami, and earned her PhD in Guidance Counseling from University of Southern Mississippi. She moved to Santa Rosa in 1971, worked as an instructor and guidance counselor for the SRJC, retiring in 2000. An avid traveler, she visited 97 countries. She was most proud of summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Whitney and Base Camp of Mt. Everest. Her life in Santa Rosa was filled with fun friends, tennis partners, bridge buddies, and travel, skiing and backpacking companions. Visiting the San Francisco Opera was one of her passions. She raised three daughters, conveying to them her sense of independence, curiosity and love of travel. She is survived by her three daughters; Dawn Gunter (Bruce Ferguson) of Tucson, AZ, Wynn Dickenson (Chip) of Fayetteville, AR, and Maka Hammock (Randy) of Fort Collins, CO, six grandchildren, her loving brother Ben Chilcutt, his wife Ann and four nieces and nephews of Columbus, MS. She will be missed by her ex-husband, Tom Gunter, of Reno, NV, to whom she remained a good friend. The family would like to thank the members of her cancer support group for their unequivocal acceptance and understanding during her last years. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2:00 p.m. at Legends at the Bennett Valley Golf Course, Santa Rosa. Arrangements made by Daniels Chapel of the Roses. Donations in memory of Kay can be sent to the SRJC Foundation, 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 or to the .

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 9 to Mar. 11, 2013