The RV world has lost its queen. Kay Peterson, who co-founded the Escapees RV Club with her late husband Joe in 1978, has passed away. We’re going to miss you, Miss Kay.
Terry and I were very fortunate to have met Kay many times over the years at Escapade RV rallies and at Rainbow’s End in Livingston, Texas. And as anybody who ever had the pleasure of her company will tell you, she was one of the sweetest and most gracious women who ever lived. When Miss Kay talked to you, she talked to you! She wasn’t always looking over your shoulder to see who else wanted some of her time, you were the person she was talking to and you were who mattered.
Kay lived a full life. In her 90 years she saw a lot of heartbreak, but even more love, business success, personal achievement, and dreams realized. Besides her involvement in the growth and day-to-day operation of the Escapees before passing the torch on to her daughter Cathie Carr and her husband Bud, Kay also wrote hundreds of inspiring articles for the Escapees magazine, she authored several books, and she was the most popular speaker at Escapade rallies. She was also a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to her family.
But in a lot of ways Kay was a mother or grandmother to all of us. She had more love in her heart than was possible for her tiny body to hold, so she was always giving it to others. She always seemed to know just the right words to put a smile on someone’s face, to lift their spirits when they were down, and to make them feel special. Miss Kay had a wonderful sense of humor and brought laughter to many of our lives.
You always hear somebody talking about someone who was loved by all. Sometimes those are mere words, but not in Kay Peterson’s case. That wonderful lady truly was loved by all of us, and she will be missed. But her legacy will live on in the Escapees organization, in the Escapees CARE program that she was instrumental in creating, in her books, and most importantly in her children and grandchildren and the generations that will follow.
Rest in peace, sweet lady. I know Joe will be glad to see you once again.
Thought For The Day – It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.