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Kathryn Rose Bessler Cady

Remembering Kathryn “Kay” Cady

Kathryn Rose Bessler Cady entered this world on January 30, 1927, as one of six children born to Adolf and Emma Bessler. She was raised on their family farm in Peoria, Illinois. On June 8, 1947, she married Robert Cady, the man she would happily spend the next 48 years with until his death in June, 1995. Together they had three children Candy, Curtis, and David. Kay relished her role as an Air Force wife, traveling the world as Bob was assigned to Air Force bases on three continents. She quickly adapted to packing up households, moving the family to different states or countries, getting kids onto planes, trains, or ships, and into new neighborhoods and new schools on a regular basis.

After Bob’s retirement from the military, they built their dream house in Placitas. Together they planted their own vineyard. Bob kept up the grapes and Kay did the chemistry. She won a few ribbons for her “BoKay” wines. They built a tennis court on site next to the vineyard. They loved to play tennis with friends and family and Kay continued to played tennis into her eighties.

Their next favorite place was a cabin next to the river outside of Red River, New Mexico. They took an old broken down cabin and spent years making it a gathering place for family and friends. They named it Katydid. Together, Bob and Kay seemed able to overcome any obstacle.

The family started skiing in 1960 at Sandia Peak Ski Area. Bob and Kay served on the Sandia Peak Ski Patrol for many years. Like all of their endeavors, they put all they had into skiing and patrolling. Together they skied the Alps and the high Canadian Rockies. Kay continued to ski long after Bob passed on.

Kay volunteered for the Red Cross and other nonprofits. In remembering her husband, Kay said, “Bob and I did everything we wanted to. We played, we traveled. We never wanted to say, ‘We wished we had.…’” Kay passed away after a full and engaged life on November 9, 2015, in Aztec, New Mexico. Kay was preceded in death by her son Curtis in 2008.

Kay is survived by daughter Candy Frizzell and Candy’s husband Bill, grandsons Nathan, Jesse, and Joel, and great granddaughter Aspen Rain. She is also survived by her son David Cady, David’s wife Ellen, and grandchildren Ian, Ben, and Susan Rose.

Our thanks to the folks at Good Sam’s in Aztec for the care and love they gave Kay in her final days. Memorial donations for Alzheimer’s research may be sent to: Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter, 9500 Montgomery NE, Suite 121, Albuquerque, NM 87111.

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Placitas Sage Cohousing builds cairn on site

—Joyce Thompson

At a design workshop with architects Bryan Bowen and Lauren Folkerts of Caddis PC, of Boulder, CO, members of Placitas Sage Cohousing (“Sagers”) refined their site plan for the property on Forest Lane and Ridge Road in Placitas West. With a common house, studio, and 18 small homes (“casitas in Placitas”) oriented to maximize views of the Sandias, the Rio Grande Valley, and the Jemez Mountains, the project will create a small community of seniors (55+) who share skills, interests, and vision in mutual support and friendship. The architects drew suggestions from the current ten Sagers to refine floor plans for the Common House, with a large dining/meeting room and kitchen, a living/media room, two guest rooms and bathrooms. An adjacent studio will provide workspace for the community’s artists and crafters.

Excitement bubbled as the group split up to work on floor plans for each of the home sizes. Moving a closet here or a doorway there allowed the creation of designs fully compatible with accessibility standards for universal design as well as meeting the desires of the Sagers. This kind of collaboration is one of the hallmarks of cohousing, where the residents design and manage their community themselves.

Following the workshop, the Sagers gathered on the site on Forest Lane to build a cairn, an ancient and traditional symbol of land ownership and home. After a ceremony acknowledging the sacredness of the earth, each Sager placed a stone brought from their current home in a small circle, commenting on what drew them to become a part of the Placitas Sage community. Rocks from the surrounding land were then reverently placed on top to complete the cairn, blessing it and the community it represents

With ten homes still available, Sagers are looking for other active, community-minded seniors to join them. Meet Sagers and learn about the project at Pizza Nights at the Placitas Café on December 1 and 15, visit, or call Joyce at 697-2212.

Optimists offer $25,000+ in scholarships

“The Oratorical Scholarship can now be worth over twenty thousand dollars. Our essay scholarship contest and Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) are worth $2,500 dollars each,” says Venus Sanford, past District Essay Contest Chair. Information on the contests can be found at—click on the Scholarships tab.

Orators may attend Coronado Optimist Club’s meeting December 8, and practice delivering their speeches to receive valuable pointers before the Club’s actual contest on December 12. The submission deadline for Coronado’s Essay and Oratorical Contests is December 8. The CCDHH entry deadline is March 8. The topic for this year’s essay is “Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction.” The oratorical contest and the CCDHH topic is “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others.”

Contestants in the Oratorical contest have several competitions. After the club contest, winners compete in the Zone level and then the District level contest. The third place winner of the District Oratorical Contest receives a one thousand dollar scholarship, second place $1,500 dollars, and first place $2,500 dollars. The District’s first place orator may compete at the Region level where the first place prize is a five thousand dollar scholarship. Winners of the Regional competitions may participate in the World contest.

“Winning these contests requires doing a good job of preparing, including carefully reading and abiding by the contest rules,” says Coronado Optimist Club’s past President Snow Watson.

The Coronado Optimist Club usually meets from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. Community members are welcome. For further information, contact Suzann Owings at 867-0567.

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