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Kay Hummel

Kay Hummel Kay Hummel - Never a Passenger

by Allen, Jody, Jeremy and Eden Hummel Nesbitt.



Good luck trying to capture Kay Hummel in words. Traditional she was not.

Mom was born in Ames, Iowa, to Sara Tyler and William C. Hummel on July 10, 1948 - A couple of east coast academics bringing socialist agenda to the Plains.

The third of five children, the family soon moved to Manhattan, where she learned to go barefoot to soak up the soil, and kick rocks down the path of each adventure. Climbing every tree with attention to the air for nearing storms. Keeping ears and eyes open for birds to be the guide.

She was a local girl deep in her soul.

Fearless but elegant. Sophisticated but down home. She learned the cello and was captain of the cheerleaders.

She started college at K-State but postponed her studies for a larger calling. In 1966 the country was changing and mom needed to be involved, she was never just a passenger.

Mom enlisted with Volunteers in Service to America. There in Baltimore half a century ago she met Allen Roy Nesbitt, another VISTA do-gooder. Despite race riots and archaic attitudes mom and dad were magic together.

After a string of civil rights victories, they relocated to New York City’s east village and soon little Allen was on the way, followed by Jody and Jeremy.

But that most dear to mom was missing. So in 81 they loaded up the VW van and headed for home on the range - where her children would know their cousins; aunties Karen, Sara, Ruthy, and Rachel; uncles Steve, Tom, Don, and David; and of course Gran Gran.

Alas came Eden in 1986. Great job mom!

With four high octane kids and a full time job mom returned to K-State, graduating with honors. Naturally her calling was social work where she continued helping those less fortunate.

Everything she did, she did it well
Including contradictions

Mom thrived in the big apple, but loved our little one
Mom blossomed in summer, but came alive at Christmas
Mom loved birds and cats that liked birds
Loved a thunderstorm and a porch swing

Her beauty was calming, her intellect radical. Her laugh became the reason to come to dinner, and her spirit cause to make a difference.

She filled her home with music and art, and left the door open for the whole neighborhood. And for 68 years she extended her genuine warmth to those gathered here today.

Great job mom!

She was our entire heart.

She was the best momma.

We will love and miss you every day.


A Celebration of Her Life will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday May 11, 2017 at Konza Prairie, 100 Konza Prairie Lane, Manhattan, Kansas with Coffee and Tea.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sunflower CASA in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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