Our loving mother, wife, grandmother, sister and friend, Kay Nielson Hair, passed from this earth on January 13, 2023 surrounded by her family. She was born March 12, 1941 to Dean Devere Nielson and Adele Bradley Nielson in Moroni, UT. Kay spent her childhood in Provo and Mapleton and moved to Springville in 1952. She had wonderful memories of her school years filled with friends, school and dating. She was elected as vice president of the Seminary, Snow Queen and F.F.A. Queen. She served as the high school reporter for the KOVO radio program, an officer in the Pep Club and Thespian Club, first attendant to the homecoming queen and was voted to be one of the outstanding senior students of 1959. She also had the honor of being a commencement speaker at her graduation from Springville High School in May 1959.
Kay attended Brigham Young University from the fall of 1959 through January 1963 as an English Major. In the summer of 1961, she studied abroad in Mexico City through the travel-study program at BYU. This experience was a highlight in her life over which she frequently reminisced.
In the summer of 1962, Kay moved to Los Angeles to work for the summer. There she met LaMar Hair and they married on February 22, 1963 in the Manti Utah Temple. She raised her young family in Hacienda Heights, CA. Life was filled with Little League baseball, Bobby Sox softball, basketball, Production Choir, paper routes, camping trips, Scouting and YM/YW activities.
She returned to Utah with her family in August of 1987. She worked for Newcastle Financial, a private financial-planning business in Provo, the Art Department at BYU, then for 10 years as a top executive assistant at NuSkin Inc., retiring in 2001 to serve with LaMar in the Nauvoo, Illinois Mission from 2001-2002. She was an active member of the LDS Church and was blessed to serve in many callings in the Primary, Young Women and Relief Society organizations on both ward and stake levels, as an assistant to the Stake President and as a scribe for a Stake Patriarch. She loved family history and her ancestors, attending D.U.P. and sewing. She tirelessly served and was always caring for her neighbors.
Kay loved tap dancing and the Big Band Era, dancing the foxtrot and jitterbug. She grew up going on the annual deer hunt and has always loved nature, animals and the "Mighty Timpanogos." She was fond of camping and riding motorcycles with her family. Kay was an expert markswoman and loved shooting her shotguns in the deserts throughout Southern California and Utah. She learned to play the harmonica on her mission and shared that love with her grandchildren. She enjoyed watching old westerns and was an expert on WWII history.
She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She had a strong testimony and love for Jesus Christ and showed it through her careful, kind and thoughtful service to others. She is the mother of 5 children: Lori A. Hoopes (Preston), Richard L. Hair (Christy), Mark L. Hair (Brigitta), Joel D. Hair (Angel), and Scott B. Hair (Teresa). She is survived by her 5 children, their spouses, and 20 grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband L. LaMar Hair, her parents Dean and Adele Nielson, her brother Clair Nielson and her sister Carol Burrows.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cascade 4th Ward Chapel (1051 E. 200 N., Orem, UT 84097). There will be a viewing prior to the funeral services from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the same location.
Please click on the following link to view Kay's service via livestream: