Cora Kay (Peters) Friesen, 66, of Henderson, was born on Sept. 9, 1950 to John A. and Elisabeth Peters of Hampton. Kay passed away on July 21, 2017 in Aurora. Kay was a graduate of Hampton High School in 1968 and married soon after. From that marriage three children were born, Holly Kay, Nathaniel Dean and Dustin Dean. Kay was a member of Bethesda Mennonite Church and was baptized in Henderson on Dec. 25, 1966 by Rev. Walter H. Dyck. Kay spent her life cooking, gardening and enjoying family and friends. Kay along with her husband owned the Essen Haus restaurant in Henderson where her passion for cooking flourished. After selling the restaurant, Kay worked as a cleaning lady for 25 years where she cleaned houses for clients who were more like family than employers. Kay also enjoyed antiquing, junking, had an eye for decorating and always had a project she was working on around her house or yard.
Kay is survived by her children, Holly Bailey of Lincoln (Shawn Bailey of Henderson), Nathaniel (Amie) Friesen of Aurora and Dustin (Jody) Friesen of Sutton. Grandchildren include Allison (Lowell) Wellman of Henderson, Ashley and Kyle Bailey of Henderson, Kimberly and Darren Friesen of Aurora and Brandon, Couper, Riley and Eli Friesen of Sutton. Great-granddaughters include, Lily Lackey and Claire Wellman of Henderson. Kay is survived by two
sisters, Ardith Epp and Carrie (Elroy) Bergen of Henderson; sister-in-law, Phyllis Peters of Hampton; brother-in-law, Fred Regier of Henderson along with many nieces and nephews. Kay was preceded in death by her parents, John and Elisabeth Peters; brother, Kermit Peters; sister, Betty Regier and brother-in-law, Darrell Epp.
Family and friends may attend the visitation at Metz Mortuary in Henderson on Wednesday July, 26 from 5 – 9 p.m., with family greeting friends from 6 – 8 p.m. that evening. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the Bethesda Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall, Henderson, due to construction. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family for funeral expenses. Condolences may be left for the family at www.metzmortuary.com. Metz Mortuary, Henderson is handling arrangements.