Helen Kay Hettinger

June 2, 1934October 12, 2021

Kay Hettinger passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Helen Kay Eaton, always known as Kay, was born June 2, 1934, in Boulder City, Nevada to Bruce and Mary Eaton. She graduated from Boulder City High School. She then attended the University of Nevada in Reno as a Harold’s Club Scholar, receiving a bachelor’s degree in education. In 1956, she married James Roderic Hettinger of Fallon, Nevada. They were married at the Grace Community Church in Boulder City, and one year later were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kay and Jim moved from Wells, Nevada to Las Vegas, Nevada; to Cypress, California; to Placentia, California; to Petersburg, Illinois; to Marion, Ohio; then back to Southern California before finally settling down in their native Nevada in 1987. Kay taught school for several years, but mostly devoted her life to her family and dear friends.

Kay is preceded in death by her husband, Jim, and her daughter, Diane Kay. While spending every moment serving others, she has looked forward, with joyful anticipation, to reunions on the other side. She is survived by her four sons: Glen, his children Marisa, Daniel, and Jared (Socorro, their mother); Kyle (Barbara), their children Andrew, Reid, Mary Claire, Madi, and Sam; John (Lisa), their children Holland, Graham, and Quincey; and Mark (Toni), their children Chris, Sarah, Adam, Blake, and Josh. There are also six great-grandchildren.

Kay was a generous, caring individual who touched the lives of countless individuals. She was both brilliant and humble. She served faithfully and lovingly in many capacities at church and in the community. Her devotion to her Savior was evident in the way she lived her life. She was always available to teach, listen, comfort, and provide an endless array of homemade goodies. Kay enjoyed life. Her home was enthusiastically festooned to celebrate every season of the year, and her garden was a work of art. Her greatest joy was found in spending time with her family and friends. Her energy, devotion, and love will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the LDS Church on 7670 S. Bruce St, Las Vegas, NV 89123. Kay will be buried at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 23, 2021


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Michelle Holmes

October 14, 2021

No one knows Kay more than her own family who was undoubtedly lucky to have her all to themselves. This is how I know Kay. She is the warmest, most giving lady that ever graced my family's path. Kay was always there at the most important times of our lives like weddings, going to the temple for the first time, baby births, missions, and even when my children had their special moments. My daughter, Sara, has many fond memories with Kay from Young Women's. Not only was Kay so giving with the gifts but also with her time. I remember fondly the times I could spend in her home and how warm and loving it felt just to be there. Most of all it was Kay's loving nature and warm spirit that I will remember every time I would see her. That is what I will miss most. In life you come across many individuals. Kay is one of those individuals that you know has made a difference in your life. It was a joy and a privilege to call her my friend. We love you - Kay.