Kay Ann (Lear) Wescott
Kay Wescott, 89, passed away May 7, 2020 at her home in
Damascus, Oregon. Kay was born in Springview,
Nebraska on February 28, 1931 to Kermit and Eilean (Eule)
Lear. Although the family soon left the farm, they continued to speak of Nebraska as "home" and passed on fond memories to the next generations.
During the years of the Depression, the family moved frequently around the West as Kermit and Eilean found work. Kay and her siblings, Louise, Ruth, and Richard formed an amazing bond during this time. There was no hardship that couldn't be turned into a humorous adventure tale. Their childhood stories will be repeated for generations.
Kermit and Eilean found steady work in the
Vancouver shipyards early in the war, and were able
to buy a home in Damascus, Oregon in 1946. Kay
graduated from Gresham high school in 1949. She
received a BA in English from University of Oregon
in 1953. After graduation, she taught at Sandy High
School. She especially enjoyed reciting poetry, from
John Milton to Ogden Nash, and wrote many a
spontaneous limerick of her own. She was beloved
by her students, who years later would stop by to say
"hi" at the family business, Wescott's Auto Restyling,
Kay met her future husband, Dee Wescott, when
she took her damaged car to his auto body shop. He
was struck by her stunning smile. They married soon
after, in 1955. Together, they raised four children and
grew the business together. They were true soul-mates,
so life was never the same after Dee passed in 2009.
Kay is survived her children and their families: Karl
(and Mary) Wescott of Damascus, Julia (and Charley)
Myers of Honolulu, Amy (and David) Hutchins of
Boise and Tim (and Robin) Wescott of Oregon City.
Her grandchildren are Russell and Codee Hutchins,
James, John and Ben Wescott, and Zach Myers. She
will also be missed by her sister Ruth Falbo of Buffalo,
her sister-in-law Cammie Lear of Modesto, and many
nieces and nephews.
We will all miss her bright smile,
silly humor, and welcoming laughter.