Kay was born September 20, 1923 at Pompey’s Pillar, Montana to William D. and Pearl E. Kinnamon Skiles. She grew up and started school in Montana and the family moved to the Palouse area in 1935. Kay worked cleaning and helping on the family farm prior to her marriage to Levi Dickinson on February 10, 1943. They later divorced.
She went to work for Gritman Hospital for nine years where she was an assistant cook and later worked in the dining area. Kay then went to work for Washington State University in the dining area in the dorms, later working in the kitchen at Latah Care Center.
Kay then started a Health Spa on Third Street in Moscow and worked at the University of Idaho for three years. She then went to Orofino and worked for the Community Action Agency. She was a member of the Roadrunners, enjoyed dancing and mending and volunteered for the Senior Center, Thrift Shop and food bank at Deary.
She and Richard “Dick” Christopherson were married in Coeur d’Alene on March 15, 1963. He preceded her in death in 1986. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Willa Geffre and sons Leonard Dickinson in 2014 and Victor Skiles in 1998, a grandson, Russell Geffre and a granddaughter, Deanna Wilks as well as 13 brothers and sisters.
Surviving are her daughters, Sherry (Ray) Ireland of Deary and Cathy (Jim) MacRoberts of Walla Walla; 23 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, March 4, 2016 at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow. Murray Stanton will officiate and burial will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery near Deary. A meal and time of fellowship will follow at the Deary Community Center.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Deary Fire and Ambulance Fund or to the Bovill Community Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.