Kathleen "Kay" Kelley Chapman Cook, age 71, of Xenia, Ohio, passed away Monday, March 18, 2013 at her residence. She was born October 29, 1941 in Dayton, Ohio the daughter of Mary Louise Sketo and Douglas Brown Kelley. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marlin M. Cook in 2009; sister: Mary Nelle Penwell; and brother: Douglas W. Kelley. She is survived by her first husband and father of her children: Gary C. Chapman; daughter: Kelley (Marty) Wright of Beavercreek Twp.; sons: Gary H. (Bernadette) Chapman of Birmingham, AL; and Darin Chapman of Wilmington; step-children: Jeanette Sink and Mark, Greg and Matthew Cook; grandchildren: Amber (Justin) Baker of Beavercreek, Jared (Laura) Wright of Raleigh, NC, and Sadie Chapman of Birmingham, AL; brother: Keith (Shirley) Kelley of Waynesville, NC; a brother-in-law: Roy (Sandy) Penwell of Centerville, OH; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Kay, Kay Ann, Mom, Mamaw and Aunt Kay were her names. She was a tiny woman with an enormous heart. She was filled with tremendous spunk, the strength to overcome adversity, the ability to make everyone laugh and smile. Kay loved her family, was passionate about her grandchildren, Amber, Jared and Sadie, and until her last day, still endlessly loved to tease her brother, Keith. Her friends were as numerous and eclectic as she was fun-loving and unique. Her dear friend, Marie, a true God-send, was with her until the end, and her evening phone conversations with her long time friend, Curt, were a constant in her life, even up until her very last night. But her Shih tzu dog, Bu, was the love of her life, who often took priority over everyone else, including her own children. Later came her loyal companion, Sophie. Earlier in life, Kay was an avid reader, garage saler, sunbather, festival-goer, and Montgomery and Benson Insurance secretary. She enjoyed outdoors, fishing, and berry picking, especially on hot 90 degree summer days, wearing mosquito protective rain gear. She found great joy in swimming and sailing on her and Marlin's pontoon boat, the YaHoo, with Marlin Darlin' as the captain. They enjoyed many fond memories at Shiloh and camping at Brookeville Lake. Kay had a sweet tooth for Ju-Ju's, gumdrops, and jellybeans, and she would add three packets of sugar to her bowl of chili. She was an avid supporter of Lions Club in Spring Valley, so much so that she even rode on an elephant as the Lion's sponsored circus parade entered the arena. Kay had a fondness for babies, African violets, NetFlix movies, Cassano's pizza, and red geraniums. She had life-long love affairs with cigarettes, QVC, and hair dye. You never knew from week to week what color her hair might be, anything from platinum blonde to carrot orange to jet-black, with periodic frostings in between. Her grandchildren associated her with funny shaped lipstick, a blue Chevette, cabbage soup and the songs Betty Davis Eyes and I Love the Rainy Nights. Kay collected EVERYTHING!! Crocks, baskets, quilts, and antiques…. Even plants became an obsession, and once there were over one hundred plants in her home, which took her the better part of a day to prune and water. Kay absolutely loved decorating her home and was an artist extraordinaire, taking a blank white wall as her canvas and hanging a multitude of collectibles in an arrangement, leaving not one square inch of bare wall exposed. She often said decorating was what she did best and, as many other things, took it to the extreme! Marlin would build beautiful, new pieces of furniture, and she would beat it with chains, hammers, and nails to make it look worm-eaten, old, antique and primitive. Kay had a gift for taking someone's garage sale discard, cleaning it up, finding a use for it and making it a treasure. Her favorite fashion accessories were bandanas of every possible shade and color, nude colored nail polish, size one white Reeboks tennis shoes, untied of course, and anything denim. Kay was a kid at heart, always wanting to be the center of attention, and she enjoyed playing games and cards. She dressed up for Halloween, and on Christmas Eve she lit over a hundred candles in her small home. Every Christmas, Kay carried out a tradition of buying at least one hundred dollars worth of lottery tickets for her family members to scratch off after opening presents. Her dream was to win the lottery, not to keep for herself, but to give away to others. Although she was a petite little lady, the void she leaves behind is beyond enormous. But now, God's grace has transformed her tiny, broken, misshapen, fragile body into the divine treasure her beautiful soul was meant to have. A Celebration of Life will be held 11:30 AM Friday, March 22, 2013 at Faith Community United Methodist Church, 100 Country Club Drive, Xenia. Friends may call from 10:30 AM Friday until the time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Kay's memory to the Spring Valley Lions Club, PO Box 56, Spring Valley, OH 45370. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.mccolaughfuneralhome.com
. Services in care of McColaugh Funeral Home, Inc., 826 N. Detroit St., Xenia.