MYRTLE BEACH—Kay Elaine Andersen, 69, passed away unexpectedly on May 27.

She was originally born Kay Elaine Kelleher, in Wilmington, Delaware.

She was a proud member of the U.S. Navy. She served during the Vietnam War and was stationed at the Charleston Naval Base.

Kay earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Richmond. Then she earned her certificate from the Medical University of South Carolina for anesthetia of nurses. She proceeded to make a career as a certified registered Nurse Anesthetist, caring for thousands of patients during that time.

She moved to South Carolina in 2001 with her family.

Kay was an intelligent, loving, humorous and brave woman. She enjoyed traveling, sitting on the beach with her sister Carol and shopping, but most of all she enjoyed cooking for her family.

She is survived by daughters Kelly Andersen and fiance James Worth, and Stephanie Arnesen and husband, David; nephew Jarrod Green; sister Carol Blackmon; mother Dorothea Kelleher; her sister Kristine Kelleher; her brother Charles Kelleher Jr.; several nieces and nephews, as well as numerous friends, all of whom will miss her tremendously.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 32 years, Stephen Eugene Andersen. She was also preceded in death by father Charles Joseph Kelleher.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Fostering Hope, a cause close to Kay’s heart.

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