Kay Edmundson Burns

Kay Edmundson Burns

8/21/1930 – 10/8/2018

On Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, Kay Edmundson Burns, passed away peacefully at the age of 88.  Kay was born on Aug. 21, 1930 in San Pedro, California to Charles Sidwell and Marjorie Cadwell Edmundson. Great grand-daughter of Oren N. Cadwell who homesteaded in Carpinteria in 1867, she was fourth-generation born and sixth-generation to have lived in California.

Raised in San Pedro, Kay later attended Pomona College where she met and married her husband, Tony Burns. They moved to Massachusetts while Tony attended MIT and earned his PhD in Analytical Chemistry. They later returned to California where they raised two daughters and a son. After living in Pasadena, Palo Alto, Palos Verdes and Solana Beach, they retired in 1998 to Montvalmar Ranch, the family homestead.  

Kay was a loving and supportive wife and mother who loved to sing, dance and travel. She was charming and intelligent, enjoyed decorating and entertaining, and had a great sense of humor. She was a Jobs Daughter, soprano in her church choir, Girl Scout leader, active in the Delphian Society and Pomona College Alumni Association.

Preceded in death by her parents, husband and son Kevin Burns, Kay is survived by two daughters, Karen Burns and Kristy Michel, daughter-in-law Annette Burns, grandsons Dustin (Patty) Michel, Derrick (Beckie) Michel, Anthony Burns and Raymond Oaks, and two great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

A celebration of Kay’s life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Carpinteria Cemetery with a reception at Montvalmar Ranch immediately following. Attire is California casual with a Hawaiian theme.

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