Kay Turner Truitt, Class of 1950

Posted Sep 24, 2020

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Kay Turner Truitt ’50 died Sept. 3, 2020. Born Sept. 14, 1925 to the late Frank Bruce Turner and Gertrude Marguerite Kerle Turner, on Cape Cod.She graduated from Belmont High School in 1943. Kay competed for and won the sole full scholarship then given yearly to The Katharine Gibbs School, Boston. Kay, a popular and outstanding student, was the Editor of the yearbook and graduated in 1945. Kay wanted a big adventure, so, knowing no-one, she traveled by train to Ohio to attend college. Kay graduated from Otterbein College in 1949 with a BA in Sociology and was in the Sigma Alpha Tau (Owls) sorority.

Kay taught in elementary school classrooms and one-on-one as a teacher of reading. A fiercely loyal coach’s wife for decades, Kay and Frank built a fun and successful second career together as realtors. Kay was awarded the Ohio Association of Realtors President’s Sales Club Award of Achievement in 1998, and recognized by the Columbus Board of Realtors Twenty-Five Million Dollar Club in 2004. A defender of children and the vulnerable.

Kay was preceded in death by her husband Frank Truitt ’50, and daughter Susan Truitt ’79; brothers Arthur and Bruce, her sister Margaret Howard ’49, and her half-brother Robert. She is survived by daughters, Jean Truitt Ervasti and Nancy Truitt Blosser, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; half-sister Myra McGuire and brother In law John Truitt ’50.