V. Kay Stewart-McLean, 78, passed peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, February 15, at home in Green Valley, Arizona. In accordance with her wishes, she will be cremated and there will be no service or celebration of life.

Remember Kay as the friendly, loving enthusiast of the outdoors, staunch protector of the environment, and believer in and lover of Mother Earth. Kay retired as a beloved middle-school science teacher at Southern Boone in Ashland, Missouri, and was a positive influence on many of her students’ lives.

As a Moab resident for many years, she contributed significantly to the protection of our local environment. Kay became a well-known fixture in town, highly involved in the Sierra Club, Garden Club, Rock Club, Bird Club, Mah Jongg, and others. When at home, Kay could be found tending her beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, from which she generously shared the fruits of her labor.

She enjoyed traveling, camping, and hiking with her husband Dave and friends. We all remember Kay with her camera, photographing the beautiful outdoors, including her “tree of the day” image. Dave would then create and share the Smilebox presentation of their adventures.

Kay will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.

No flowers, please. If you wish, you can find a pretty rock, name it Kay, and place it in your garden or on a window sill. Kay would like that.

If you want to do more, you may send a tax-exempt donation in Kay’s name to Soulistic Hospice at soulistichospice.org or PO Box 1990, Tubac, Arizona, 85646. It is a wonderful organization that brought much peace to Kay in her final days.

She is survived by her loving husband, David; and all who knew and loved her.