Kay Stanley has lived in Dexter for all of her 85 years — she will start her 86th next month — and Friday night she was named the 2015 Dexter Citizen of the Year at the start of the annual Dexter Fall Festival.
Born Louise Kay Stiles, youngest daughter of Vera and Carroll Stiles, she was married for many years to Gerald Stanley, who passed away 18 years ago in May. The couple had four children, Rod of Panora, Bruce of Redfield, Kyle of Redfield and Jerri (Adkins) of Earlham.
The annual Dexter Citizen of the Year ceremony opened the Friday night festivities in the Dexter Roundhouse, which followed with community potluck dinner, a pie and cupcake auction and a spelling bee.
“I remember playing basketball here,” Kay said, “when this was the biggest court around. There were bleachers on both sides. I was a forward, and some of the other places where we played, like Adel and Van Meter, were built so low the ball would hit the ceiling when I’d shoot.”
Kay also spoke fondly of her time spent working at Drew’s Chocolates.
She was joined at the evening event by three of her four brothers, who all live in Dexter. Bill, Jerry and Randy Styles congratulated their sister as citizen of the year. Only her brother Danny Styles was unable to attend.
The Dexter Fall Festival continues Saturday and Sunday with events and activities for the whole family, including Saturday’s parade at 10 a.m. — the kiddie parade starts at 9:30 a.m. — and Cow Pie Bingo at 2 p.m. Sunday will feature combined church services at the Roundhouse at 9 a.m., followed by brunch and then ball games in the afternoon.
Louise Kay will be 85 in September. Born to Vera and Carroll Stiles, she has lived her life in Dexter.
She was married to Gerald Stanley, who passed away 18 years ago in May.
She has four children, Rod, who lives in Panora; Bruce, who lives in Redfield; Kyle, who lives in Redfield; and Jerri (Adkins), who lives in Erlham.
She worked for a while at Drew’s Chocolates.