In Memory

Kay T. Knapp (Phares)

Kay T. Knapp (Phares)

      Kay T. Knapp Phares

Kay passed away at her home in Battle Creek, Michigan on November 22, 2020. Kay was a native of Owosso, Michigan and she lived most of her life in Battle Creek. In December 1969, Kay married Max Phares; a union that later ended in divorce. In 2005, she retired from serving the children of Battle Creek as a teacher at Washington and Verona Elementary Schools. Kay enjoyed reading, gardening, and spending time with her family. Kay was a beloved sister, mother, grandmother "Grandma Kay," aunt and friend. Her kind and gentle nature influenced so many lives. She will be remembered especially for her patience, generosity, love and devotion for her family. Survivors included her sister, Debora L. Beronja; her children, Jennifer E. C. Phares (Chad E. Winterland), Meredith E. Phares, Nicholas I. Phares, and Teresa A. Phares; her three grandchildren, Morgan E., Alexis A. and Paxton V. Phares; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Kay was predeceased by siblings Brenda A. Cronk, Vicki S. Knapp, and Robert E. Knapp; and her former husband Max. “She was the heart of our family and we will love her always.”

Information obtained from Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral and Cremation Care, Battle Creek, Michigan online on November 27, 2020; Willard Library Newspaper Index, and

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11/28/20 09:07 AM #1    

Jane Ballard (McCracken)

Kay was my neighbor, for ten years.  Our daughters, Devon and Meredith were fast friends.  Kay also was my children's first grade teacher, at Verona.  Whenever faced with adversity, Kay was the epitomy of grace and strength.  We maintained our friendship, even though my family moved across town.  Kay raised three beautiful children. Although we were Bearcats, it was as a neighbor, that I learned the joy of getting to know Kay.  Kay influenced  all that came to know her.  My family and I will miss knowing, that Kay was just across town.  

11/29/20 08:12 AM #2    

Thomas Lusk

So sorry to hear of Kay's passing.  Condolences to her family.  She will be fondly remembered- REST IN PEACE Kay T. Knapp Phares.

11/30/20 12:12 PM #3    

Michael Conklin

The first time I saw Kay after high school was when I discovered that Kay was my oldest daughter's first grade teachr at Washington Elementary. She was a wonderful teacher and it eas a delight to get to know her again. She took Jenny under her wing, just like she did for all her students. My condolences to her famiy. I know she will be deeply missed.

11/30/20 04:15 PM #4    

William Hubbart

As I recall our early years at Northwestern and then on to Central, Kay had a very bubbly personality and was liked by all they she came into contact with her, I believe the last time I saw Kay was at Verona Elementry  where my daughter was going at the time Rest in Peace Kay, you were very much loved !



12/01/20 10:36 AM #5    

Linda Beers (Aydlott)

Fifty-five years is a long time to try to remember someone.... but there are a few sparks of good people that has made that bright mark in our memory.  For me, Kay was one of those.  Although we lost contact with each other after graduation in 1965, her kindness and lovely demeanor lingers to this day in my thoughts of her.  In that, I know her family will miss her very much, as will her students who got to see her dedication and love for her profession.  
Kay was a beautiful person in so many ways, and because of her loving and caring heart, she will be fondly remembered for years to come.  A good life well lived, is what we all strive for.  Kay succeeded!!!

Blessed Be....

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