In Memory

Patrice (Pat) Creed (Kay)

Patrice (Pat) Creed (Kay)

Patrice D. Creed Kay

May 30, 1954 ~ July 27, 2015



It is with a sad heart that friends and family bid farewell to Patrice D. (Creed) Kay, 61, of Olathe, KS after her sudden passing on July 27th at KU Med Center.  Born May 30, 1954 to Betty (Boyd) and Edward Creed, she was a native of Shawnee, Kansas and a 1972 graduate of Shawnee Mission Northwest.  She attended the University of Kansas until her graduation in 1977.


Patrice joined the re-insurance firm of ERC, later Swiss-Re, in August of 1983 and was a dedicated claims specialist.  She was valued for the expertise acquired over 32 years of service.  She is remembered for being ever positive and cheerful, and is deeply missed at the Overland Park facility.


Patrice’s circle of friends include a core of high school art service club members affectionately known as the Creative Cougars, after the school’s mascot.  Her laser wit was enjoyed and appreciated and will be so missed.  The endurance of this group is a testimonial to her contribution to their timeless bond.


Patrice is survived by her devoted husband, William D. McKown, PhD of the home.  Bill married Patti, the love of his life, in a touching ceremony on January 7th, 2011.  It is certain that she felt the same about Bill.  During their time together, which was entirely too short, they enjoyed traveling and cruising together.   Although Patrice’s parents preceded her in death, she leaves her sister Sandra Kennedy and husband Allen, a niece Shannon and a nephew Aaron all of Shawnee.


Celebration of Life Services


A Celebration of Life is being planned for later this summer and will certainly be well attended.  Please continue to check back for updated service information.


Memorial Contributions


For friends who wish to make a gift in her memory it is suggested to make it to her favorite cause, SAFEHOME, at

Published in Kansas City Star on August 1, 2015 


If you knew Pat and would like to place a kind memory here, please follow the instructions on this page (click on "post comment"). 

Mac McDaniel and Jan Klein, Site Administrators

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08/21/15 05:07 AM #1    

Janet (Jan) Butler (Klein)

This was a shock to learn that we have lost another member of our Cougar family and someone I took for granted that I would always see at reunions to catch up.  I am truly saddened to learn of her passing.  Pat was so kind to me as a newcomer to the area so long ago I cannot even remember the exact time I met her.  There was always a core group of her friends around and Pat was so talented.  I did smile at the description of her wit in her obituary  -  there was always a bit of mirth .... Always a chance for laughter at a comment ....I always knew that any function of our h.s. or reunion, would get to say "hello" again... I will so miss being able to see her again at our next one -  Though we all have gone on to live our lives, there are those memories of people who made a difference in a positive way in our lives---Pat was one of those people.  

08/22/15 07:37 PM #2    

Ronald Poplau

Pat was a member of one of my classes and I feel sad that she has left us so young.  We never know when we will die only that we will.  She is a fond memory in my retirement this year.  I remember all my students in prayer every night.  I think we all would agree that we are all better because of her influence.

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