Kay Murphy Nimrod
Kay was born in Washington, D. C. Her Dad’s family was originally from Northern Ireland, and his career was spent with the Red Cross in Washington DC. Her mom was the national dancing champion of Scotland, leaving approximately 50 medals to her family, before she came to the United States.
Kay went to grade school in Arlington, Virginia after her parents moved across the Potomac River, but went to high school in the Washington DC suburb of Georgetown at what is now the Duke Ellington School for the Arts. She was always a little ahead of her time, obtaining a pilot’s license when she was 16, riding motorcycles (she actually rode in a sidecar in one about a year ago), having pets like an alligator and a skunk, and wearing probably one of the first bikinis on the market. She also rode a ski lift for the first time when she was 80 years old.
After attending some college, she worked at the Pentagon during the Korean War where she met her husband “Nim”, who also worked there while he was in the service. Their first child Bob was born at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. After Nim got out of the service, they moved to Long Island, New York where he took a job designing aircraft components, which he had studied at West Point. Their son John and daughter Jeanne were born in New York and the family lived in Islip, on Long Island, until 1959 when they decided to move to the Colorado Springs area where Nim had played baseball when he was attending West Point. Nim became a real estate broker, developing Holiday Hills Ski Area in the Woodland Park area, and starting a custom home construction business. Kay did his accounting, and also completed tax returns for people on the side. She eventually obtained her own real estate license.
Kay was a great cook and loved hosting holidays for her wonderful cousins from Denver. She also always loved to read and was on the board that established the original library in Woodland Park. She volunteered at the polls in every election for many years, went rock hunting in the mountains for geodes and crystals, and loved to knit.
She and Nim moved to Ocho Caballos in Colorado Springs in 1991, where she served on the condo board for many years. They were married for 64 years before he passed away in 2014. Kay passed away on March 2, 2021 and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
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