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“So sorry for your loss. Worked with Kay at Verona School. She was also a family friend from years ago. She use to baby set myself and my siblings....Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Lea Reitz - Battle Creek, MI

“Kay was a special friend and devoted to her family and church. We ushered together, were in St. Margaret's Circle together. Even when she was so...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Karen Keese - Battle Creek, MI

“Kay was one of the kindest and most dignified persons I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. What a truly special person she was. My prayers and...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Timothy Miles

“Our family are deeply saddened to hear of Kay's passing and would like to send our love to her children during this time of grief. We were neighbours...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: The Tuttle Family - Neighbor

“I am so sorry about your mom. She will always hold a special place in my heart for her soft and gentle way with kids and her kind, smiling face. Hugs...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Carrie Pennock - Battle Creek, MI

“Kay was our neighbor, for ten years. She was also the first grade teacher for many of the children, in our neighborhood. Even though we moved...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Jane McCracken...formerly Ballard - MI

“Kay was such a kind and caring person. I remember her as one of our son's elementary teachers, as a neighborhood friend, and as a fellow Battle Creek...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Jane Tiedeman - Crossville, TN

“Our lives will never be the same with the passing of dear Kay. We lived next door for over 40 years and loved every day we had with her. She was...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Ron & Joan Tuttle - Battle Creek, MI

“Dear Jennifer, my sincere hugs, prayers and love reaching out to you at the loss of your sweet Mother. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Marilynn Miles - Ellenton, FL

“I am so sorry for your loss. I have been so blessed knowing Kay. She was beautiful inside and out ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Betty Fortner - Pensacola, FL

“Kay was loved by everyone at St Christopher's Church in Pensacola. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Sarah McCarren - PENSACOLA, FL

“Kay was a caring and kind hearted person. She would brighten any room with her smile. She was willing and able to help any student. She will be truly...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Von Bird - Battle Creek, MI

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Kay T Phares, age 73, of Battle Creek, passed away at home on November 22, 2020. She joined her mother, Marjorie J. Polcik and siblings Brenda A. Cronk, Vicki S. Knapp, and Robert E. Knapp in Heaven. We will remember Kay especially for her patience, generosity, love and devotion for her family.

Kay was born in Owosso and lived most of her life in Battle Creek, Michigan. In 2005, she retired from serving the children of this community as a teacher at Washington and Verona Elementary Schools. Kay enjoyed reading, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Kay is survived by her sister, Debora L. Beronja; her children, Jennifer E. C. Phares and Chad E. Winterland of Dacono, Colorado, Meredith E. Phares of Topeka, Kansas, and Nicholas I. and Teresa A. Phares of Pensacola, Florida; her three grandchildren, Morgan E., Alexis A. and Paxton V. Phares; and several nieces and nephews. She was the heart of our family and we will love her always.

Kay was a beloved sister, mother, grandmother "Grandma Kay," aunt and friend. Her kind and gentle nature influenced so many lives. If you wish to honor Kay's memory, please consider a donation to St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Battle Creek. At Kay's request, a burial service will be held for family in the spring of 2021 at Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Kay may be placed at