Marilyn Kay Storms, age 84, went home to be with her loving Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Kay, as she was known to her family and friends, passed away at her home in San Tan Valley, AZ surrounded by loved ones.
Kay was born on August 30, 1935 to Harold and Bertha Jane Scott in Gillette, WY. She grew up with her four brothers on the Scott Family Ranch 20 miles northwest of Gillette. She attended a small country school just two miles from the ranch and graduated in 1953 from Campbell County High School in Gillette.
At age 16, Kay was diagnosed with Polio and began a long, difficult road to recovery with the lifelong effects of what later became known as Post Polio Syndrome. Her tenacity and strength through these times inspired all those around her.
After graduation, she attended Heinman's Business College in Sheridan, WY and later adventured to Hollywood, CA where she enrolled in airline school and became one of Frontier Airline’s first ticket agents. Missing her family, she later transferred to Rapid City, SD so she could be closer to home.
In 1957, Kay married Burton “Bud” Goodvin. In 1963, they purchased the Porter Long Store, a small country store near Devils Tower National Monument in WY. By 1972, “Devils Gulch” (as it became known) consisted of a store, motel, campground and cafe serving the local community and the many visitors that made their way through northeastern WY.
In 1973, Kay moved to Montana. She was married to John Storms in 1974 and they made their home in Lakeside, MT. She and John owned and operated Storm’s Electric and a small electrical retail store in Lakeside for many years. Kay was Gift Shop Manager for Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park, MT from 1982-1986. In her typical spirit, she touched the lives of the many students and park employees that were hired from all over the world. The summers she spent there were some of her happiest times.
An artist at heart, Kay’s artistic and creative gifts always played a big role in her life. One of her greatest honors, although challenging, was when she was asked to restore the historic 1927 lamp shades originally created by the Blood Indians that hung in the Lodge at Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, MT. Her artistic renditions will be there to admire for generations to come.
Kay had a deep love of family, tradition, and heritage and always took great interest in who her family was and where they came from. This love sparked a passion for preserving family history and documenting their lives. Countless hours of genealogy research and photo collections resulted in the creation of numerous photo albums that will be appreciated and forever treasured by her loved ones.
Kay’s faith and her love for the Lord was always felt by those who were in her presence. Unconditional love came natural to her, as did her many words of wisdom. Her incredible strength, gentle spirit, and clever sense of humor will always be traits of inspiration to those fortunate enough to have known her.
Kay is survived by her children; Gary & Almira Goodvin, Terry & Barb Goodvin, Penny & Jim Pudge, Billy Goodvin, and Shauna & Ray Fadden. Grandchildren; Zack Goodvin, Buddy & April Goodvin, Tucker & Tricia Goodvin, Bethany Goodvin, Alary Goodvin, Jennie & Randy Shippy, Kirby & Brittany Goodvin, Marcy & Hanson Jordan, Cortney & Riley Brown, Lee & Michelle Willey, Julie Willey, Kacey Goodvin, Kayla Dable, Brandon Fadden, Chelci & David Schroeder, Collin & Ashley Fadden, Trevor Fadden, and 24 great-grandchildren. Siblings; Marion & Mary Scott, Jim Scott, sister-in-law Vonona Scott, and numerous nieces & nephews.
Kay was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband John Storms, her infant daughter Judy Jo Goodvin, brothers Bill and Doug Scott, her sister-in-law Patty Scott, nephew Clay Scott, and niece Cathy Morrison.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be considered in Kay’s memory to the either of the following organizations:
• AZ Cowboy Ministries: https://www.azcowboyministries.com/page/give
1251 East Steton Lane, Coolidge, AZ 85128
• Heart Cry Church: http://heartcrychurch.com/give
PO Box 430, Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Details of her Celebration of Life services are in progress. We anticipate services in both WY and AZ. Dates may be delayed due to current circumstances.
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