Mary Kay Agusta (née Mitchell) was born in Missoula, MT on October 17th, 1946 to Dorothy Jean and Cheney Compton Mitchell. She passed from this life September 10th, 2023 with family at her bedside.
Kay was raised in Grand Junction, CO where she graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1964. She also attended Colorado State University and Mesa State College. After school she spent time in San Francisco working for Pac Bell, then Fruita, CO where she taught hundreds of children how to swim and hundreds of knitters on the use of a knitting machine at Kay’s Knit Knook. She also worked in Orchard Mesa for Mesa County Child Protection Service and the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and then in Greeley, CO for the Weld County Sheriff’s office. She ultimately retired to Twin Falls, ID with her husband Dave.
Kay’s main interests included providing a good home for the many dogs she took in from shelters. She also spent time breeding Pomeranians. Kay was a green thumb who turned the previously neglected yard at her and Dave’s Twin Falls home into a beautiful, colorful garden and started many of the plants and vegetables from seed. Her latest interest was kayaking with Dave on the Snake River.
Kay was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Susan Gibson and Connie Halldorson and her youngest son Kenny Laycock.
Kay is survived by her husband, Dave Agusta, brother Dr. John Mitchell (Gayle), sons Mitch Laycock (Sonja Onstad) and Andy Laycock (Katie Cooley), and stepsons Steve Agusta (Jackie) and David R. Agusta. She is also survived by grandchildren Emily, Abby, and Ella Laycock, Henry Laycock, Ava Agusta, and Sam Agusta, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
An informal service will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Fruita, CO on October 21st, 2023 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor can be made to Tunnels to Towers Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project and/or Humane Society of Weld County.