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Kay Wolff

Kay G. Wolff was born in Grafton, New South Wales, Australia on April 19, 1951 to Trevor and Jackie (Cassady) Lipman.  She passed away at St Mary’s Hospital in Enid, Oklahoma the morning of February 13, 2024.  She and her two sisters and brother spent their growing up years in Manly and Pendle Hill.  Her family enjoyed Sunday picnics at the beach, where Kay was an avid swimmer.  Kay and her sisters attended Dominican Convent and Monte Saint Angelo boarding schools.  She then attended Business College in North Sydney.

Christmastime 1969, Kay met her future husband Lary, while he was in Sydney on R & R from the Vietnam War.  After a whirlwind romance of two weeks, Lary promised Kay he would return to her after his enlistment was up.  As you can imagine, Kay was doubtful he would return.  He did and surprised everyone.  Shortly thereafter, they returned to Caldwell, KS where they were married on January 3, 1971.  They returned to Australia in 1972 where they had their three children Jana, Rebecca, and David.   They resided in Howlong, NSW where they made many life-long friends.  The family returned to Caldwell, KS in 1986.

Kay’s love of the water continued as she spent many days at the family campground on the Chikaskia River.  She loved watching track and field events, especially loudly cheering her children on, as many of you may remember.  Another of Kay’s passions was the Kansas Veterans and Family Reunion, where she and her family participated for many years.  This passion led to many friends and relationships made, that continue to this day.  Just as Kay attended her children’s events, she attended many of her grandchildren’s events as well.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Robin, and her in-laws Albert and Lottie Wolff. 

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Lary, and their children Jana and Paul Ruskanen, Rebecca and Sandy Doffer and David and Jennifer Wolff, and her five grandchildren, Hunter and Cody Ruskanen, Albury Doffer and Abby and Hannah Wolff.  She is also survived by her sister Jenny and Evan Webb and brother John Lipman, both of Australia and numerous other family members and friends.


Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 16, 2024 at the Central Christian Church with Pastor Jacob Maforo officiating.


Memorials may be made to the Kansas Veterans Family Reunion and sent in care of the mortuary.



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