2011-07-21 / Obituaries

Kay Folsom Mickel

Kay Folsom Mickel of Mariposa died Wednesday, July 13, at home from complications related to ovarian cancer.

Born in Baldwin Park, Sept. 8, 1940, to Robert D. and Nellie Folsom, Kay grew up in Coalinga, where she graduated from high school after serving as drum major for the band and editor of the school newspaper. While raising her family, she continued her education and received her undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology from California State University, Sacramento in 1984.

Kay loved life fully and especially enjoyed traveling. Although her roots were in Central California, she made wonderful friendships wherever life took her. She found great joy participating in a six-week archaeological dig in Tel Dor, Israel, in exchanging recipes with her neighbors in Kauai, Hawaii, traveling in Europe and elsewhere and sharing the wonders of the place she finally chose to call home, Mariposa.

While working as a co-owner and broker of Sierra Gold Realty with her husband, Gene Mickel, Kay made time during the years to volunteer her gifts to the community she so loved and believed in. She was president of the Mariposa Rotary Club in 1996/97, president of the Mariposa Board of Realtors in 1994, and a member of Congressman George Radanovich’s Community Advisory Committee in 2001. She also sat on the board of directors for the California State Mining and Mineral Museum Association, the building finance committee for Mariposa Friends of the Library, the Mariposa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as well as the Real Estate Advisory Board.

She was considered the “mother” of the Mariposa Rotary Amphitheatre Building Project and also volunteered her time to the Merced/Mariposa Chapter of American Red Cross. She was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and received a Mariposa Rotary Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to the local chapter’s fundraising efforts. Kay was named by the chamber of commerce as Mariposa Business Woman of the Year in 1997.

Although the last five years of her life were a fight to stay alive, Kay still found ways to inspire those around her, to enjoy time with her family and her garden, to keep making a difference in her community and it was perhaps her greatest joy to share her love of God by preaching several times at local churches. Her creativity, her heart and her ability to get it done and done well, will be missed by many.

She is survived by her mother, Nellie E. Folsom of Coalinga; her husband, Gene Mickel; and daughter Megan Mickel, of Mariposa; and her son, Jared Mickel, his wife Christina Bickley and their sons Maxfield and Porter Mickel of Auburn; her brother Robert Folsom and his wife, Mary of Coalinga; her sisters, Helen Folsom of Seattle, Wash. and Fax Sinclair and her husband Peter Weinstock of Hawaii; and a niece, Karan Folsom of Coalinga and her children.

Memorial services will be held at New Life Christian Fellowship, 5081 Cole Road, on Saturday Aug. 13, at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served onsite following services. The family asks that any remembrances be made to the John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation c/o Kay Mickel Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1093, Mariposa, CA 95338.

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