Kathryn “Kay” Hockett, 85, went to join her soul mate, Richard D. Hockett, on January 21, 2019, after suffering from complications of dementia. She died peacefully at her home in Scottsdale, AZ. A memorial service will be held in Mitchell, South Dakota, on March 23, 2019, 11:00 am, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1401 West Cedar Avenue, Mitchell, South Dakota. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, 600 West 23rd, Mitchell, immediately following the Memorial Service. A Celebration of Life reception will be held at The Lake House, 2700 North Main Street, Mitchell, South Dakota, after the burial service. Everyone is invited to attend.
Kay was born July 17, 1933, in Huron, South Dakota, to Gotlieb and Louise Kiel. After graduating from Huron High School, she attended her first year of college at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, MA. However, South Dakota and one Richard Hockett kept calling her to return so she transferred to the University of South Dakota for her sophomore year. She graduated in 1955 from USD with a Liberal Arts degree, having majored in piano and organ. On August 13, 1955, she married Richard D. Hockett in Huron, South Dakota, and promptly moved to Milwaukee, WI, for Richard to finish his medical school training. Their first child, Mary Kay, was born there. In 1957, they moved to St. Paul, MN, for Richard’s Internship and OB/GYN residency. Two more children were born during this time, Richard, Jr, and Stephen. In July, 1961, the Hockett family moved to Mitchell, South Dakota, for Richard to begin practicing medicine with the Delaney Clinic. Over the next 36 years, as Richard’s practice grew, Kay began her volunteer life while watching over their growing family. Three more boys were born during this time, Vincent, David and Thomas. Kay became the first organist and choir director for the Holy Spirit Catholic Church parish, a position she held for over 10 years. In 1966, she was appointed by the Governor of SD as a founding member to the South Dakota Arts Council. Kay also served on the Mitchell Public Schools School Board in the 1970’s. When Richard decided to open his own clinic in 1974, Kay began working as the Office Manager, a role she held until Richard’s passing in 1997. In 1999, Kay moved back to the St. Paul area to be closer to children and re-connect with lifelong friends made during her stay in the late 1950’s. After 12 years thriving in the Twin Cities, she moved to Scottsdale, AZ, in 2011.
Since both Richard and Kay were only children, survivors are her children and their families:
Children: Mary Kay and Arnel de Jesus, Coto de Caza, CA, Rick and Sandy Hockett, Carlsbad, CA, Steve and Deb Hockett, Excelsior, MN, Vince and Colleen Hockett, Charlottesville, VA, David Hockett, Scottsdale, AZ, Tom Hockett, St. Paul, MN
Grandchildren: Isabella de Jesus, Tyler (Laura) Hockett, Conor Hockett, Lauren Kirkwood, Jordan Kirkwood, Braden Kirkwood, Kiel (Kristin) Hockett, Coley (Brandon) Wright, Mitch (Lydia) Hockett, Sydney Hockett, Aidan Hockett, Taylor Mercer, Kaleigh Hockett
Great-grandchildren – Bates Wright, Theodore Hockett, Rory Hockett, Ava Mercer
Kay was preceded in death by her husband Richard.