Marilyn Kay Laing entered eternal rest July 25, 2020. She was born April 10, 1942 in Clovis, New Mexico to Orval and Lola May Hudson. Known to many as Kay, she quickly made friends with everybody she met. Kay received her master’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University. During her career in education, she had the opportunity to teach in a prison in Nevada and through that touched and changed many lives. You would often see Kay dining at Chick-Fil-A where employees loved to serve her and most memorized her usual order. She was the sweetest and kindest person to all. She also enjoyed quilting and sewing. Kay was a master seamstress and could make anything. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends and everyone whose life she touched. Kay is preceded in death by her parents, Orval and Lola May Hudson; sister, Edna and brother, Orval E.; grandson, Shiloh Jokari Allison. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Robert Habecker Forrey Jr., Anna Marie Jewell and her husband Richard; Magen Samala Allison and her husband Darryl; grandchildren, Letitia Dawn Phillips and her husband James, Zachary Kyle Jewell and Saliem Taedran Allison; great-grandchildren, Macquileigh, Gunnar, Axel and Aiva Phillips; two grand-dogs, Cuddles and Skittles; extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation in memory of Kay at

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  1. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Laing in the early 2Ks while visiting my brother and sister Darryl and Samala. While it was long ago, my remaining memory is seeing her smile often. I also remember having a conversation with her where she joked about the amazing circle of parenthood. I remember her being both easy and comforting to talk to. I am truly saddened to hear about her passing and pray that her family rallies around one-another for strength. Hold your memories tight and continue to thank God for allowing Ms. Laing to color your life.

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