Catherine Dorothy “Kay” (Erhardt) Cayer, 97, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 6, 2021
at South Kingstown Nursing and Rehab. She was the wife of the late Joseph L. A. Cayer. Born in
the Bronx, NY on June 10, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Catherine
After her high school graduation, she accompanied her endeared teacher and her husband to
White Plains NY. Mr & Mrs Shoaf would summer in Rhode Island and that is when Kay met Joe
as he was looking for his “lost” beagle. They married in 1947. Kay was a homemaker and a
natural caregiver and her closest friends were her newly acquired sister in laws. Kay would
spend many days with nieces and nephews who hold the fondest memories of times spent with
the energetic and loving Aunt. As the “City girl” turned country Kay easily made the transition.
She loved all animals both wild and domesticated and would watch birds at their feeders in pure
contentment. Fresh garden vegetables were treasured and thoroughly enjoyed. She loved music,
Country, Classical, Polka and even the occasional Alice Cooper.
As time marched on Kay started her long and arduous journey with the disease we call
Alzhiemers. Kay went into Facility care in 2003 and her loving husband would faithfully visit her
until his death in 2018.
She leaves her daughter Elizabeth A. Collier of Richmond, RI; granddaughter Jacquelyn Bliss of
FL; and many, many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to your local animal shelter.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, May 18th, at 11AM at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 5
Church St., Bradford, RI. Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family at the RI
Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Calling hours are respectfully omitted. S.R. Avery Funeral Home, 3 A Bank St., Hope Valley, RI 02832 is assisting the family with arrangements.
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