Kay Lynn Rose

December 12, 1947 ~ December 14, 2020

Kay Rose, 73, Sioux Falls, died Monday, December 14, 2020, at the Palisades Manor in Garretson, SD.

A short Memorial Service will be 6:15pm, Monday, December 21, 2020, at Brandon Lutheran Church. 

Kay Lynn Burt was born December 12, 1947, to Richard and Edna (Young) Burt. Kay attended school in Selby, SD, through her junior year and graduated from Brookings, SD.  She attended Stewarts School of Cosmetology and worked in Cosmetology and with Fashion Two Twenty sales. Kay married Curt Vilhauer and the couple had one daughter, Kimberly Kay. Kay was able to take Kim with her on many of her trips when she sold Fashion Two Twenty.  The two of them shared many happy times and memories of that time. 

Kay later married James Rose.  During this time, she went to trucking school. One of Kays passions was to Travel the United States and she was able to do this with her truck driving.  She loved the freedom of the open road and adventures along her routes.  Her “Butterfly” handle was known by many drivers throughout the United States and Canada.  She was able to help fellow drivers with directions due to her ability to recall exit numbers and landmarks.  She maintained contact with many of her driver friends enjoying long conversations whenever possible. Kay lived in Sioux Falls for the past several years working for trucking companies before she retired.

Kay had the gift of gab and always had a story to tell.  She enjoyed sharing her enthusiasm for the many places she was able to visit and people she met.  She was involved in bowling leagues, horse shows and quilting for much of her life.  She loved to read and was knowledgeable about the history of our country. 

Kay was a horse enthusiast for much of her life.  She owned several horses and enjoyed riding especially in the mountains when she lived in Wyoming and Colorado.  She always loved to visit about horses and share stories of her many adventures with them.

She treasured her friendships from her school years and had reconnected with many from Selby in the past few years.  These friendships remained especially important to her.

Kay is survived by her daughter, Kim, and granddaughter, Katelyn, Colorado; sisters, Lori (Rick) Dump, Valley Springs, and Dee Ann Jensen, Sioux Falls; niece, Robyn (Salvador) Cruz and nephew, Ryan (Blythe) Dump; four great nephews, many cousins and friends around the country.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents, step-parents, and one sister, Jolene.

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  • Karen Sterud Ruth says:

    Although we didn’t stay in touch, you’ll be missed Kay. I remember sewing your wedding dress for your December marriage . . . and wondering WHY someone would get married in December! The following year (I think) Jim and I were married in December!!

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