Kay Stafford Kates May 19, 1940-June 13, 2012

Kates Kay Stafford Kates, a long-time resident of LaCanada Flintridge, died peacefully on the evening of Wednesday, June 13th at Kaiser Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. She was 72.
Kay was born on May 19th, 1940, in Pocahontas, Iowa. She lived for several years in Clarksdale, Arizona and moved to Southern California in 1964, where she would spend the rest of her life.
She received her liberal arts degree in 1963 from Arizona State University, and continued her education at California Family Study Center where she received her master’s degree in marriage and family counseling. Soon after, she established a counseling practice in LaCanada and became a widely respected therapist.
Kay enjoyed reading, entertaining, socializing and collecting antiques. She was known for her loyalty as a friend and her extraordinary kindness. She was an active member of St. Bede Catholic Church in LaCanada.
She is survived by her husband, Bill; her children, Mike, Lisa and Matthew; grandchildren, Cash and Chanel; daughter-in-law, Kristy and son-in-law, Jerry.
To honor her memory, the following events are scheduled:
Wednesday evening, June 20 at seven o'clock
A Rosary
The Church of the Hills
Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles
Thursday morning, June 21 at nine o'clock
The Funeral Mass
St. Bede's Catholic Church
215 Foothill Boulevard
La Canada
(Followed by a procession to Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills for the interment)
Thursday afternoon, noon to four o'clock
A Reception
La Canada Country Club
5500 Godbey Drive
La Canada

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