Katherine ‘Kay’ Rose-Mitchell

The city of Evart has lost an incredible source of information. 

 Without Kay, who is going to know what is going on in our quaint little town? Kay kept herself busy raising children but worked around town when she could. She worked at the Evart Theater, sold dresses at Adelines, and even helped out at Bregenzer’s Hardware. But when Kay started working at the Evart Review everyone knew she would fit perfectly. “Just ask Kay, she’ll know” was a normal statement in the office. You could always find her at the local coffee shop gathering more and more information to spread all over town.

Kay (Palmatier) graduated from Evart High School with her first husband David and many friends in 1953. The Rose family was always a big part of Evart and Kay was no exception. Kay and her husband David were instrumental in bringing antique car shows to the Evart area. You could find her and her friends at music events at the depot or karaoke at the Moose. Lifetime friends, Bingamans, Pattees, Boohers, and Keysors and tons more brought much joy to Kay. She loved to surround herself with wonderful people and her close friends (too many to mention) that were a big part of her life. 

Even in her final days, she always wanted to know what everyone she knew was up to and what was going on in Evart.

Kay passed away peacefully at Grand Traverse Pavilions in Traverse City on May 19. Almost 19 years after her husband and father to her children passed. She is survived by her current husband Zane Mitchell and all her children: sons Charles (Eddie) Rose and his wife Susan, Scott Rose and former wife Meg, daughter Sandra Rose, and son Dean Rose and his wife Holly. Her children brought her 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Corey Funeral Home in Evart on June 4 at 11 a.m., with a grave site service at the cemetery and a luncheon at the United Methodist Church in Evart immediately following.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Grand Traverse Pavilions for the wonderful care in the last few months. Especially her nurse, Emilia, who is an absolute treasure.

Please do not be sad for Kay, instead celebrate the life she lived and the joy she brought to everyone with whom she came into contact.