Kay Townsend Hamner

July 26, 1944June 2, 2019

Kay Townsend Hamner, age 74, of Atlanta, Georgia passed away on June 2, 2019 after a long illness.

Kay was one of the original employees at the Carter Center and worked there as a manager until her retirement.

She is survived by her sister, Tracy Vaughn (Doug); nephew, Chris Vaughn (Angie); great nephew and niece, Michael and Lilah Vaughn.

A visitation will be held at H.M. Patterson and Son- Spring Hill Chapel, 1020 Spring St, NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, on Wednesday June 5, 2019 at 11:00 am. A memorial service will follow at 12:00 pm.


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 5, 2019
  • Reception Wednesday, June 5, 2019


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Jennifer McCoy

June 6, 2019

I met Kay when I joined the Carter Center the first time in 1987. As Carrie Harmon says, it was a young, scrappy organization filled with idealistic people with dreams. I so much enjoyed working with Kay and Z and Molly and Carrie and other managers in Pavilion B, and all the program people down in Pavilion C. I really got to know Kay as a friend, though, after her retirement, because she was friends with Z, Carrie and Barbara who were also close friends of mine.
Kay and Mrs. Carter sponsored me to join the International Women’s Forum, of which Kay was an enthusiastic and steadfast member. She loved the international conferences and traveled far and wide to them, even after her COPD was starting to require some limits. She also loved theater and Tom and I enjoyed accompanying her to the Alliance and others, and being made aware of the limits of wheelchair access in our Atlanta theaters! Kay fought to have better access with the Alliance refurbishment.
Kay had many interests and while working at The Carter Center she also pursued Master’s degrees in Historic Preservation and Oral Histories. It was her dream to record an oral history of the early days of the Carter Center when she worked to help find compromises with the Freedom Parkway issue and later worked with the Atlanta Bureau for Conventions and Tourism on the trolley car and other partnering issues.
She had also dreamed of recording a personal history for her beloved great niece and nephew, Lilah and Michael. She bragged about her family continually -- her nephew Chris and wife Angie, and the kids. And she was so appreciative of Tracy’s loving companionship and care throughout the years but especially this last very difficult year.
The breadth of Kay’s and impact was evident every year looking around at the guests at her famed holiday champagne and dessert buffet (for which we were happy she started adding cheese in recent years to balance out the sugar rush!).
I’m honored to have known her.

Judy Hanenkrat

June 4, 2019

Kay and I were longtime friends. We worked together many years at the Carter Center where my cleaning company was employed. We traveled to France together and had memorable moments. Kay was a very smart and caring person. She will be remembered for her love of history, family, the Carters and how much joy and pride she had with her nephew and his young children.

To Tracy and family, may God grant you strength and courage as you grieve and celebrate the life of your sister.

Judy Hanenkrat

Tom Chapel

June 3, 2019

Kay worked with my wife at the Carter Center. I didnt get to know her until later post retirement. She loved theatre and I was so glad we had many opportunities to take her there. Even later on when a trip like that meant 5 oxygen tanks she was always up for it. Likewise her annual Xmas dessert party was as big a part of our holiday season as midnight mass. An assortment of interesting guests from all parts of Kay's life, and an assortment of deeserts that were AS interesting. In recent years we got her talking more about the past and the early days of the Carter Center. It was enthralling and my wife was encouraging Kay's desire to get it all down on tape or on paper when alas her decline started accelerating. But I'm glad to have known her and visited with her these last few years.