Kay passed away peacefully Saturday (September 12) in the arms of her daughter, Ashley, with husband, Dr. David Nichols, and son, Austin at her side.  In a note to family and friends, Ashley’s husband, Rowdy Stovall, writes that “her fearless fight is over and she is deeply missed; however, this experience has shown her and our family how much Kay and Dave (and our entire family) are cared for.”

While growing up, Kay spent her summers at Clark Lake and became a superb water skier.  Not unlike her older brother, Lynn, she was a champion skier, winning significant titles.  Kay, and her twin sister, Linda (Lighthall) were part of Clark Lake’s Pine Rider Water Ski Club.

Three events are planned for family and friends–a visitation in Austin on Thursday, a gathering at the Nichols’ home on Friday, and another similar visitation for Michiganders who cannot attend on Thursday.  (Please see details below).

Kay will be buried in the Columbia Township Cemetery here at Clark Lake, where her parents, Link and Helen Vermeulen are also buried.

In lieu of flowers, Dave suggests a donation in Kay’s name to a junior water ski development program in which she was involved:  SCR Junior Development, 219 River Ranch Circle, Martindale, TX 78655.


The Vermeulen twins, Linda and Kay, at a Pine Riders event in the 1960s at what is now the Columbia Township Park.

Visitation in Austin
Thursday, September 17, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
3125 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78705

Gathering at Nichols’ home in Austin
Friday, September 18, 6 pm – 11 pm

Private visitation for those from out of town
Saturday, September 19, 2 pm – 3pm
3125 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78705

Columbia Township Cemetery
Head-of-the-Lake (west end) Clark Lake
September 26
Details to follow