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Kay Vartanian

January 25, 1914 February 9, 2020
Kay Vartanian
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Kay Vartanian, Age 106
Born in Chicago in 1914, she moved while still a child to Michigan. She lived and cared for her mother Rose.
In 1943 she enlisted in the Army. During World War II she worked in Washington D.C. at the Pentagon. She served until January 1946, earning an honorable discharge as a Master Sergeant as well as earning the Victory Medal, the American Theater Ribbon, the Women’s Auxiliary Corps service Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal.
After leaving the Army Kay worked in the Guardian Building in Detroit for several years before going to work for the Shriners for 25 years.
In recent years she has recognition for her service and being the oldest person in South Lyon and was given the key to the city, recognition by the VFW Post 1224 and in the form of a congressional tribute presented by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.
Kay loved to tell stories, play cards, go to Church luncheons, play Bingo and to win at the MGM Casino slot machines. She was very entertaining and met many famous people (Mikey Mantle & William Holden to name a few). Anywhere there were people, there was Kay. She faced the world unafraid and lived her life to the fullest. She was so proud to be a veteran.
Kay was proceeded in death by her father Nishan (and Peter Vartanian), mother Rose, brothers Ajax, Harold and Howard and their wives as well as her dear nephew Donald Vartanian.
Left to honor her memory her nieces and nephews Cheryl (Jim) Chuck, Gary Vartanian, Jean Kay (Phil) Perry, Douglas (Jenny) Vartanian, Susan Vartanian, Robert Vartanian & Edward Vartanian. Great nieces and nephews Michelle Chuck, Karen (Bryan) Johnston, Tom & Kevin Vartanian, David (Jeni) Perry, James (Kimberly) Perry, Ryan & Allison Vartanian. Great great nieces and nephews Autumn & Mia Johnston, Samantha & Nicole Perry and Kira, Morgan & Devyn Perry. As well as friends and neighbors.
Visitation will be held at Phillips Funeral Home 122 W. Lake Street, South Lyon Wednesday, February 12 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. Prayer Service. Her funeral service will be held, the next week, on Monday, February 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Armenian Church 22001 Northwestern Highway, Southfield followed by Military Honors. The visitation at church will begin at 10:00 a.m.
Interment will be private.
To honor Kay’s last wish and her great love for children please consider, in place of flowers, donating in her name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Shriners Hospital for Children.

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