Obituary of Kay Frances Langley
Kay Francis Langley passed away after a brief illness at her home May 30, 2019. She was just shy of her 82nd birthday. Kay was born July 10, 1937 in Waldoboro, Maine to Llewellyn and Ernestine Langley née Jenkins. Kay graduated from Newport High School in 1955 and then graduated from Park University in Worcester, Mass in 1959 with a BA. Kay then moved to New York City and worked as a buyer for B. Dalton on 5th Avenue. Kay worked there for a number of years before going to Chicago, Illinois to work as a buyer for JC Penney. Later in her life she lived in San Francisco where she obtained her Master’s degree in Library Science. In her mid-40s she moved back to the east coast, living in Revere Massachusetts just outside of Boston and worked as an office manager the next 25 years at Tufts Medical Center. After retiring from Tufts, she moved back to Maine to be near her brother and her family home.
Kay was an avid reader and shared her love of books with her family and often sent award winning books as birthday and Christmas gifts. Very rarely would you see Kay without an interesting novel in her hands. When she wasn’t reading, Kay also loved sketching designs and creating sewing patterns. During her years as a buyer for JC Penney, she was also known to have created original design patterns and sketches for the company. Kay was a very talented seamstress and designed and created many beautiful quilts for her family over the years. These quilts will be cherished for many more years to come.
Kay also enjoyed time at the family strawberry and vegetable farm. Every summer during her 25 years in Boston Kay would take a month off to travel to Maine and stay with her brother and his family. She would help pick and sell strawberries and help with other day to day duties that come with crop farming. At the end of a long day on the farm she would enjoy a good book out under the maple tree. She was also a self-admitted “foodie” and never turned down a good meal. Some of her favorite foods during her summers on the farm were lobster dinners, seafood platters, summer BBQs, strawberry shortcake and any home cooked meal.
Kay was predeceased by a special great-nephew, Alan Langley. She is survived by her brother Michael Langley and his wife Sharon; by her nieces Laura Langley Guzman and Amy Langley and her nephew Bart Langley.
Services and burial will be private. For those who wish memorial contributions may be made to Feeding America at feedingamerica.org or locally, the Good Shepherd Food Bank, PO Box 1807Auburn, ME 04211 or gsfb.org. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor. Messages and memories may be shared with her family at kileyandfoley.com.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Kay Langley, please visit Tribute Store
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