Lucretia Kay Baucom, the daughter of Paul and Karen Lester and Sharon Kay Fahsler, was born June 29, 1962, in Fairfax, Missouri.

She graduated from Tarkio High School, Tarkio, Missouri, in 1980, then attended Tarkio College for over three years. In 1990, she graduated from the Iowa Western School of Cosmetology and in 1991 with an LPN diploma also from Iowa Western.

In 1996, Kay was united in marriage to Jim Baucom in Shenandoah, Iowa. They divorced in 2003. At the early age of nine, Kay worked on Grandma Carole’s bean crew. At age 16, she began volunteering as a “Candy Striper” at Fairfax Community Hospital. In high school she worked at the D&G Restaurant as a waitress. Her numerous other jobs include, CNA at Pleasant View Nursing Home, Rock Port, and various nursing homes in Iowa, Missouri Beef Packers, Rock Port, and Pizza Hut, Tarkio. Kay helped build grain bins with Golden Grain, was a bartender at Peppermint Lounge, and was a nurse at the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, Shenandoah, Iowa, and the Nodaway Nursing Home, Maryville, Missouri, retiring in 2007. Kay passed away Friday, November 8, 2019, at her home in Tarkio, at the age of 57.

Kay was a member of the First Baptist Church, Tarkio, and the Tarkio American Legion Auxiliary.

Kay was preceded in death by her grandmother, Lucretia Carole Lester; mother, Sharon Kay Hines; and aunt, Helen Gracie Graham. Survivors include children, Andrew Lester (Amber Nicholas), Arkansas, Annie Lester (Gabe Poptanycz), Missouri, and Nick (Amber) Lester, California; three grandchildren, Treyvin, Makenna and Ethan Lester; two stepgrandchildren, Kaydin Vogler and McKynna Nicholas; father, Paul (Karen) Lester, Tarkio; stepfather, Bill Hines, Tarkio; siblings, John (Julie) Lester, Tarkio, Duane (Sara) Lester, Tarkio, Matt (Alyssa) Lester, Virginia, and Ron (Trudy) Baker, Fairfax; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service was held Thursday, November 14, 2019, at the First Baptist Church in Tarkio. Reverend Glenn Scott officiated. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made payable to Davis Funeral Home to help with final expenses. Online condolences may be left at