Kay Combs – Daily Diary



Kay Combs suddenly left this world on July 30, 2022. Kay was a loving wife of 52 years, daughter, sister and friend to many. She was born on September 16, 1948 to Lorene Hoopingarner and the late John D. Hoopingarner. She is survived by her husband Larry, her sister Gail and her brother-in-law Burk Thompson.

Kay met Larry in Carmel High School (IN) and they attended Indiana University where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. After graduating, she taught at Webb Elementary in Franklin, IN, and earned her Masters in Education. She followed her passion for interior design and opened a studio.

She moved to Sarasota, Florida in 1986 and continued her interior design consultation with a construction and retail contractor.

Kay moved to Steamboat Springs, CO, in 2000 and consulted builders on interior design plans. While at Steamboat, she volunteered at the Humble Ranch for Children’s Equine Therapy and the Routt County Humane Society. These experiences were among the most rewarding of his life. Her love of animals also included her Goldendoodles, Bailey and Callie (deceased) and Marley and Lexi.

In 2019 Kay retired to Sarasota County, Florida and Sky Valley, Georgia where she enjoyed spending time in the kitchen and entertaining friends. She found pleasure in selecting a shell every time she visited the beach and hiked in the mountains. She was also a talented artist who often recreated her appreciation of nature on canvas.

Even though Kay was taken too soon, she lived an extraordinary life surrounded by people who looked up to her as a bright, fun, and compassionate person. The caring impact she had on so many lives will be sorely missed by her friends and family, especially Larry. His ashes will be scattered in the Gulf of Mexico at sunset in a private ceremony. A Florida Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.


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