Kay Christine Hines Laging, 74, of Preston, died Wednesday evening, March 12, 2014, at the Spring Valley Care Center.

She was born Aug. 18, 1939, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, the daughter of Sidney and Frances (Williams) Hines. Her father was a professional musician and she traveled summers with her parents as he played various venues.

She graduated from Rochester High School where she was a member of choral groups, International Relations, Girls Club, Annual, Rifle Team and Student Council among others. She began a lifelong interest in the Spanish language and attended a summer session at the University of Mexico in Mexico City with good friends, Marcia and Kathy.

She was attending Rochester Junior College while working part time at the Rochester Methodist Hospital and playing shortstop for the telephone softball team when she met Jon Laging. They were in a group of hospital friends and eventually started spending more and more time together. She married him in 1961 at the Congregational church in Rochester. In 1962 they had twin sons, Christopher and Keller.

The family moved to Sioux Falls where her husband was personnel director at McKennan Hospital and Kay was a strong advocate for the hospital. Then they moved to bedroom community Dell Rapids, where she started attending South Dakota State University, majoring in history. She belonged to the local Art Club and directed plays at OOPS, the Dell Rapids theater group.

She was a portraitist and did many likenesses of friends and relatives including a special portrait of her grandmother. She worked for a time at Northwestern Bell while in South Dakota and was the Dell Rapids children's librarian.

She and her husband moved to Tucson where she was able to use her Spanish language skills. They then moved to Salina, Kan., where Kay opened her antique shop in downtown Salina. After 12 years in Salina, they moved back to Minnesota to be near their aging parents.

She again had an antique shop in their 1889 building in Preston. She contributed to the Preston community in many ways - belonging to the Preston Historical Society, active in the Democratic Party and was on the steering committee of the group that protected Preston's environment.

She was a good, smart and interesting conversationalist and a joy to talk to. She enjoyed contributing to her husband's book and columns. In her later years, many happy evenings were spent with her friend, Ann, playing scrabble.

During her lifetime it would make her day to see and spend time with her sons. A smile would come to her face whenever she saw a loved one.

She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Jon; sons, Christopher and Keller; daughter-in-law, Michele; grandchildren, Hunter and Tracy, as well as loved cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The funeral was held Tuesday, March 18, at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Rochester with the Rev. Teresa Roberts officiating. Spring burial will be in the Chatfield Cemetery.

The family wishes to express its deep appreciation to the Spring Valley Senior Living staff for their kind, capable and compassionate care.

The family prefers memorials be given to the Spring Valley Skilled Nursing Home or the Dr. Mark J. Callahan Scholarship Fund at Mayo Clinic.