The Millbrae Community Foundation extends it condolences on the passing of founding member, Kay Runkle.
Kay was born over one hundred years ago on October 30, 1916. She spent her early years on a wheat and dairy farm in Oklahoma before earning her Library Science degree from Emporia State University and her B.A. in American Literature from Oklahoma State. After touring Europe’s most magnificent sights in 1939, she enlisted as an officer in the U.S. Navy WAVES in 1942. While in the service, she fell in love with an Army officer, Albert Runkle from Millbrae, CA. Kay lived in Millbrae for 60 years afterwards. She served as Taylor Intermediate School’s librarian for 18 years, actively participated in New Visions Methodist Church, and volunteered in many organizations serving underprivileged groups and seniors. Kay received both the Millbrae Woman of the Year Award and the Women’s Hall of Fame Award for her tireless service. In her free time, she enjoyed traveling, sewing, painting, gardening, reading, and spending time with her loved ones.
Kay joined MCF in April 1995, when the foundation was still in the process of gaining its official non-profit status. Kay thrived in her role as secretary. She, Victor Graff, R. Terry Bauer, and Millie Bishop met regularly to produce the founding documents. As such, Kay’s name is forever engraved on the Foundation’s Articles of Incorporation. We could not have done the work we do today without her service and her participation in conceptualizing MCF.\
Thank you, Kay, for everything you have done for our wonderful community. We will miss you dearly.