Evelyn Catherine Pauly Cannon, commonly known as Kay Cannon, age 80, died Tuesday, July 19, 2022. She and her husband, Dennis Cannon, have resided in Mauldin, SC since 1964. They are both originally from Covington, KY where they met in grade school, later became high school sweethearts, and ultimately married at age 18. They both attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY beginning in 1959. Dennis and Kay were lovingly married 62 years.
Kay is the daughter of the late Emil and Dorothy Hurley Pauly. She is survived by her husband, Dennis Cannon; daughters, Dennise Estes (Dave) and Donna Coleman (Mark); son, Matthew Cannon (Kristen); brother, David Pauly; and grandchildren, David Estes III, Mark Estes, Sarah Coleman, Samuel Coleman, Allie Pruett, Anna Cannon, and Cate Cannon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Bill Pauly; sister, Janet Pauly; and her son, Mark Cannon.
From the time she and Dennis moved to Greenville County in 1964, they have been members of Our Lady of the Rosary Church (OLR) in Greenville, SC. Kay remained heavily involved in volunteering at OLR while each of her four children attended school there. In addition, she worked part-time for a number of years for Proctor & Gamble as well as for Western Publishing’s Golden Books. She valued each of these employments but her love for life was found in her home. She demonstrated love for others through her remarkable cooking and innate hospitality. She loved life, loved her friends, and most especially loved her family. She demonstrated by example an impeccable faith in God and an ardent commitment to family. To each of her children and grandchildren, a simple two-letter name, “Ma,” will forever represent the legacy she formed that encompasses each of these attributes and so many more. This family will never have another name that possesses as many esteemed qualities and incredible memories. May she rest in peace in God’s loving arms.
There will be a Recitation of the Rosary held on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Southeast with a Visitation to follow, which begins at 6:30 p.m. and proceeds until 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, July 28, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church.
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