Katherine (Kay) Frances Grady (Leyden) of Shrewsbury passed peacefully on May 17, 2021. Kay was born on October 3, 1928 to Joseph and Katherine Leyden in West Orange, NJ and was raised in Ridgefield Park, NJ. It was there that she met the love of her life, Douglas Grady. Doug and Kay married in June 1951 eventually settling in Middletown, NJ where they raised their three children, Joanne, Douglas Jr. (Skip) and Kathy.
After spending many years at home as a devoted wife and mother, Kay decided to rejoin the workforce. She was hired by the Arc of Monmouth in an administrative role and continued to advance within the organization eventually becoming the Director of Development, which was the position Kay held when she retired after 30 years. While with Arc, Kay won several awards including the prestigious Martin Papish Award in 1998.
Kay never stood taller than 5 feet, but her diminutive stature was deceptive as she always had a big presence, touching many lives. Kay faced life’s challenges with dignity and grace and always maintained a sense of humor and positive attitude. Kay loved to travel and especially enjoyed the many cruises she and Doug shared together. She was devoted to her family, faith and country. Kay was a communicant at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Holmdel for over 25 years and St. James Catholic Church for 25 years prior to that.
Kay is survived by her sister, Joan Tanner of Rochester, NY, along with her children: Joanne and husband, Frank Delguercio of Hammonton, NJ; Douglas Grady of Ft Worth, TX; Kathy and husband, Ted Dlugolecki of Hopkinton, MA. Kay also leaves behind nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Kay is predeceased by her loving husband, Doug as well as her great granddaughter, Leyden. Kay will be truly missed by all those she has left behind.
The family would like to thank the wonderful care provided by the caregivers and staff at Arbor Terrace Shrewsbury and Embracing Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Kay’s honor can be made to the ARC of Monmouth by clicking here: Donate to In Memoriam of Kay Grady (thearc.org) or by check to The Arc at the address listed below. Please indicate on your check that this gift is to be applied in memory of Kay Grady.
The Arc of the US
C/O Tamala P. Scott
Senior Director of Development
1825 K. Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
There will be a memorial gathering on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 from 9:30 – 11:00 AM at the John E. Day Funeral Home 85 Riverside Ave. Red Bank, N.J. followed by a Memorial Mass at 11:30 AM at St. James R. C. Church in Red Bank, N.J. and an interment at Mt. Olivet cemetery in Middletown, N.J.
Please visit Katherine’s memorial website at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com
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