In Memory



Kay Leonard (ne Marrow), 65, of Madison passed away Saturday evening after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Kay was a native of Kearney, NE, but had lived in Madison for the past 20 years. Kay worked for many years as a Software Quality Assurance analyst for several different companies. She also worked as a technical recruiter, taught mathematics at several universities, and owned her own tutoring business helping scores of high school and college students achieve excellence in math and science. She loved cats, baking, cooking, and sewing. She loved making meals, cakes, and cookies for friends and family, and sewing clothes for family members. She was a remarkably selfless woman, preferring to help others rather than herself. Kay was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Rosa Marrow of Kearney, NE. She is survived by her husband William "Bill" Leonard and their three cats, Jessica, Andre, and Bella; three brothers, Jerry Marrow (wife Myong) of Manhattan, KS, Ron Marrow (wife Lori) of Jarrell, TX, and Larry Marrow (wife Cynthia) of Lincoln, NE; three nephews, Adam and Roy (wife Cire) Marrow of Jarrell, TX, and Eric Marrow (wife Caitlin) of Lincoln, NE; one niece, Mackenzie Marrow of Lincoln, NE; mother-in-law June Leonard of Johnson City, TN; brother-in-law James Leonard (wife Sherie) of Johnson City, TN; and her "sister", Gail Rekers, of Villa Hills, KY. Kay and Bill had no children of their own, but consider their exchange student from Germany, Stefan Schmitz (wife Samira) of Rowayton, CT as their son, and Stefan's two sons, Sebastian and Alexander, as their grandchildren. As her final act of generosity, Kay is donating her body to medical research. There is no memorial service planned at this time, but a gathering of friends and family may be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Kay wanted her friends and family to donate to Forgotten Felines of Huntsville. A scholarship endowment fund will also be established at Missouri University of Science and Technology at a later date. (




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