A nearly lifelong resident of Fort Collins, with an enduring passion for music (she studied piano for ten years), Kay graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Occupational Therapy and, after clinical practice in Houston, London, England and San Francisco, returned to CSU to receive her Master of Science degree and teach in Occupational Therapy for seven years.
Kay has served twice as President of the Women’s Guild (now Friends of the Symphony) and has served on the FCSA Board for several years in the 1980s, the 90s, and now serves as Emeritus.
Kay is married to Larry Edwards, owner of The Light Center since its beginning in 1971. As such, they have supported several activities at CSU as well as several arts groups, and they were awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award, named for Jim and Nadine Henry, in 2015.
As Symphony Guild President in 2000, Kay established the Named Chair Endowment and has served as Guild Endowment Chair for sixteen years, achieving 23 named chairs and totaling over $300,000, the earnings from which help support orchestra salaries.
Kay and Larry have four children and seven grandchildren.