She was born on November 24, 1941 in Niangua, Missouri, the daughter of the late Lowell and Pauline (Stark) Rader.
Kay grew up in Cabool, Missouri, where she attended and graduated from Cabool High School in 1959. That is where she met the love her life and lifetime husband, Lloyd “Richard” Skyles, and they were married in the spring of 1959. Kay and Richard went on to have three amazing children that they raised in Mansfield, Missouri. While raising the children, she spent most of her working career at Richards Brothers and Rader’s IGA. After retiring from the grocery store, she enjoyed giving tours at the Laura Ingalls Wilder home and spending time with her grandchildren.
Kay was a member of Mansfield Methodist Church for many years before she and Richard moved to Mtn. Grove; since their move she has been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Kay had an unconditional love for Christ, her husband, her children, her grandchildren and her huge family.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Pauline (Stark) Rader; her father, Lowell Rader; her sisters-in-law, Patsy Ruth, Opal Altis, Virginia Hicks and Ruby Skyles: and two brothers-in-law, Junior Skyles and Leroy Skyles.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Lloyd Richard Skyles; three children, Kurt Skyles of Springfield, Missouri, Tresa and husband Mark Helsley of Mansfield, and Kirby Skyles of Ava, Missouri; five grandchildren, Matthew Skyles, Amanda Boden, Joseph Skyles, Colton Skyles and Spencer Skyles; nine great-grandchildren, Elisa, Eryn, Madilyn, Peyton, Henley, Halee, Jayce, Maggie and Silas; her brothers and sisters, Joy Lyons, Danny Rader, Jerry and wife Louise Rader, Roger and wife Karin Rader, Becky and husband Bob Miller, Randy and wife Nancy, Brent and wife Diane Rader, Jeff and wife Mindy, and Rita and husband Burt; a brother-in-law, Robert-Lee Skyles and wife Carla: and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 16, 2015, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Mtn. Grove with Fred Royer officiating. Pallbearers were Kurt Skyles, Kirby Skyles, Matthew Skyles, Joe Skyles, Colton Skyles, Spencer Skyles, Amanda Boden, Jerry Rader, Randy Rader, Roger Rader, Brent Rader, Jeff Rader and Danny Rader. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Elliott Gentry Carder Funeral Home.