Marita Jean McKay

August 20, 1929June 9, 2019

Marita Jean Bornschlegel McKay, of Lakewood, CO, August 20, 1929 - June 9, 2019

Marita was born in Wichita, KS, and moved to Colorado with her family in 1933. Graduated in 1947 from South High School, but not before she lettered in five sports. In 1948, she married Harold Bornschlegel at the South Denver Church of Christ and was happy to be a homemaker and mother of 5 children. As a long-time member of University Church of Christ, she served countless years as a Sunday-School teacher and a JOY-Bus captain. Other roles she assumed were: PTA President, Cub Scout Den Mother, real-estate entrepreneur and for ten years helped to run “The Bookazine” in downtown Denver. In 2000, she married Harley Dean McKay, a long-time family friend. She enjoyed many interests, such as golfing, cooking, sewing, gardening and traveling. Mostly, she loved to spend quality time with friends and her precious family.

Survived by husband, Harley Dean McKay, of Arvada, CO, five children and their spouses, daughter, Marty J. and James A. Stradley of Daytona Beach, FL, son, Hal D. and Julie A. Bornschlegel of Cedaredge, CO, son, Lee W. and Peggy L. Bornschlegel of Prescott, AZ, daughter, Janet K. and Thomas F. Marks of Westminster, CO, daughter, Bonny M. and Thomas A. Peterson of Kokomo, IN. She is survived by 15 grandchildren, Christopher R. Hall, David L. Hall, Sophie L. Stradley, Holly M. Richard, Amanda A. Bornschlegel, Leanne K. Bornschlegel, Jeanne F. Simon, Coleen B. Bornschlegel, Keri L. Stripling, Benjamin T. Marks, Stephanie K. Marks, Jessica K. Marks, Molly V. Peterson, Mindy V. Peterson and Jeremy T. Peterson. Also, her sister, Bonny J. Carter, of Castle Rock, CO, her sisters-in-law, Lucy B. Wright of Westminster, CO, Frances Bornschlegel, Panama, and Laverne C. Bornschlegel, Mountain View, CA. She is also survived by 23 grateful nephews and nieces and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold V. Bornschlegel, her father and mother, Cecil W. and Olive M. Forney, sisters, Patricia K. Forney and Barbara O. Paredes, brothers, Charles F. Forney and Jack L. Forney and her grandson Brice D. Bornschlegel.

Special thanks to the staff at Cedars Health Care Center in Lakewood for their incredible service and care to Marita in her last year. Viewing - Friday, June 14, 2019, 4:00 to 7:00 pm Crown Hill Mortuary, Wheat Ridge, CO Memorial Service - Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 11:30 am University Church of Christ 2000 S. Milwaukee St., Denver, CO 80210

Donations may be made to Colorado Christian Services, 3959 East Arapahoe Road Suite 200, Centennial, CO 80122


  • Visitation Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 15, 2019


Marita Jean McKay

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Maudie Claire Surber

June 13, 2019

I remember Marita as a Joy Bus captain in the 70's with the University church of Christ. She will be missed. We will grieve her parting. BUT, Rejoice! Because He lives, we will meet her again! Praise the Lord!

Greg Thompson

June 12, 2019

It was a pleasure being acquainted with Marita at Cedars Healthcare Center. My mom's room is in the same section where Marita was. Marita would often check on my mom and bring her something like candy or a doughnut. We will miss her pleasant disposition and kindness. We would like to convey our sympathy to Marita's family and friends. May she rest in peace.