Kathryn “Kay” Hockett


July 17, 1933 - January 21, 2019


Kathryn “Kay” Hockett, 85, went to join her soul mate, Richard D. Hockett, on January 21, 2019, after suffering from complications of dementia.  She died peacefully at her home in Scottsdale, AZ.   A memorial service will be held in Mitchell, South Dakota, on March 23, 2019, 11:00 am, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1401 West Cedar Avenue, Mitchell, South Dakota.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, 600 West 23rd, Mitchell, immediately following the Memorial Service.  A Celebration of Life reception will be held at The Lake House, 2700 North Main Street, Mitchell, South Dakota, after the burial service.   Everyone is invited to attend.

Kay was born July 17, 1933, in Huron, South Dakota, to Gotlieb and Louise Kiel.   After graduating from Huron High School, she attended her first year of college at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, MA.     However, South Dakota and one Richard Hockett kept calling her to return so she transferred to the University of South Dakota for her sophomore year.   She graduated in 1955 from USD with a Liberal Arts degree, having majored in piano and organ.  On August 13, 1955, she married Richard D. Hockett in Huron, South Dakota, and promptly moved to Milwaukee, WI, for Richard to finish his medical school training.  Their first child, Mary Kay, was born there.   In 1957, they moved to St. Paul, MN, for Richard’s Internship and OB/GYN residency.  Two more children were born during this time, Richard, Jr, and Stephen.  In July, 1961, the Hockett family moved to Mitchell, South Dakota, for Richard to begin practicing medicine with the Delaney Clinic.   Over the next 36 years, as Richard’s practice grew, Kay began her volunteer life while watching over their growing family.  Three more boys were born during this time, Vincent, David and Thomas.   Kay became the first organist and choir director for the Holy Spirit Catholic Church parish, a position she held for over 10 years.   In 1966, she was appointed by the Governor of SD as a founding member to the South Dakota Arts Council.  Kay also served on the Mitchell Public Schools School Board in the 1970’s.  When Richard decided to open his own clinic in 1974, Kay began working as the Office Manager, a role she held until Richard’s passing in 1997.   In 1999, Kay moved back to the St. Paul area to be closer to children and re-connect with lifelong friends made during her stay in the late 1950’s.  After 12 years thriving in the Twin Cities, she moved to Scottsdale, AZ, in 2011.

Since both Richard and Kay were only children, survivors are her children and their families: 

Children: Mary Kay and Arnel de Jesus, Coto de Caza, CA, Rick and Sandy Hockett, Carlsbad, CA, Steve and Deb Hockett, Excelsior, MN, Vince and Colleen Hockett, Charlottesville, VA, David Hockett, Scottsdale, AZ, Tom Hockett, St. Paul, MN

Grandchildren:  Isabella de Jesus, Tyler (Laura) Hockett, Conor Hockett, Lauren Kirkwood, Jordan Kirkwood, Braden Kirkwood, Kiel (Kristin) Hockett, Coley (Brandon) Wright, Mitch (Lydia) Hockett, Sydney Hockett, Aidan Hockett, Taylor Mercer, Kaleigh Hockett

Great-grandchildren – Bates Wright, Theodore Hockett, Rory Hockett, Ava Mercer

Kay was preceded in death by her husband Richard. 



None Scheduled


Saturday, March 23, 2019
11:00 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 West Cedar Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Calvary Cemetery
600 West 23rd
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Dorien Peters on March 23, 2019
Goodbye Kay, thank you. To the family: In thought I'll be with you today
Posted by Ellen Damberg on March 19, 2019
..Kay and I met when we were living in Eagan..we attended a season of the Guthrie theater and were members of Chapter BA our PEO grouup..we shared many good times together and I will always remember her charming smile and her sense of humor. My sincere sympathies to her loving family
Posted by Deb and Ron Boehmer on March 12, 2019
Sincere sympathy and prayers to your family on the loss of your mother. I had worked for Dr. and Kay for 22 years and learned a lot from them. It was a great place to work. And Viney I remember the Valentine candy and lemon cakes you used to bring in for mom and the nurses! Also remember the watches you bought for your dad to keep him on time and mom would say that it would just stop when he put the watch on. "He will always be late, except for deliveries". Lots of great memories and remember the happy times. Your family is blessed.
Posted by Gail Leheska on March 5, 2019
My sympathy to all of you on your loss. Your Mom was such a sweet lady in the office, and your Dad was my best doctor, he even helped me pick out my first sons name. They were a beautiful couple together.
Posted by K. Hope on February 20, 2019
We are sorry for your family's loss. One day soon, death will be eliminated for good (Isaiah 25:8), and we'll have the opportunity to welcome back our loved ones. We look forward to that time with you.
Posted by Lisa Lucibella-Pibal on February 9, 2019
My deepest sympathies to Steve and the entire Hockett family. It's so difficult to lose your mom. I wish you all peace and comfort at this difficult time.
Posted by MARIE HOLL R.N. on February 5, 2019
My sympathy to all the Hockett family on the loss of your mother Kay.. I am sure that Kay and Dick are so happy to be back together again.
Both Kay and Dick were an important part of my life for more than 25 years as I worked in the OB department at St. Joseph's Hospital in Mitchell, SD.. and we shared many memories.
Plus, I was present in the Delivery Room when David and Tom were born. These were special times to care for your mom and you.
Over the years, Kay, Dick., and I had some good times and visits. Kay was a special person too. I will miss her.
Sending prayers to all of you as I will not be at the Memorial Service in March. I live in Las Vegas, Nv. 3176 Sonata Dr. 89121 . I will however, be there in Spirit. Special Greetings to Mary Kay. .
Elizabeth (Liz) Pelkey LPN also sends prayers and Greetings. God Bless You All

Posted by Kevin Culhane on February 3, 2019
Mary Kay and family my condolences on the passing of your mother Kay. Both Kay and your Father were amazing people. God Bless the Hockett Family
Posted by Bert Sossa on January 31, 2019
I’m sorry to have read about the loss of your dear loved one. May you find comfort from God’s word at Revelation 21:4 where He promises that “he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more”. He also promises that we will see our dear loved ones again. (Acts 24:15) May the God of comfort and peace be with the Hockett family during this difficult time

Posted by Dawn Ward Hanson on January 29, 2019
Loved having your Dad deliver my babies, he always made me feel so special & like I had the cutest babies he'd ever seen!! Loved visiting with your Mom at the clinic, she was always so sweet & kind! So happy they are reunited!
Posted by Mary Henderson Nolz on January 29, 2019
My sympathy to the Hockett family. Dr.Hockett delivered 3 of my sons. Also enjoyed singing in the choir with Kay at the organ.
Posted by Lois Paulson on January 29, 2019
Deepest sympathy for the loss oh your mother. Prayers of comfort for the family.
Posted by Sheri Asmus Dyer on January 28, 2019
Prayers to the entire Hockett family...a wonderful, loving family. All my sympathy, sorry I can not be in Mitchell for the Memorial.
Posted by Patty (Zard) VerSteeg on January 27, 2019
I remember your mom and dad as well as you, Mary Kay, at Mrs. Helen Schmitz’s piano recitals. Your mom was always a kind and classy lady to all of us that performed even though your performance was always incredible! She had the ability to make anyone feel ten-feet-tall! What a wonderful woman!
Posted by Karen Spelbring on January 27, 2019
So very sad to hear of your mom's passing. May it comfort you knowing she is with her soul mate. Your dad was also a Saint treating every new mommy to be like they were the only one that ever had a baby. He delivered all three of my miracles. My youngest daughter, Kim was born in May of 1977. Your mom & I were expecting at the same time. I believe your youngest brother was born in June of 1977. Both of your parents left a huge mark in our community for the kindess,most loving people they were. They were so very proud of every one of you. They treated their patients just like family and several times spoke of you children. Always a day to look forward to when I was scheduled for an appointment. They were loved...& we were blessed God's Blessings, Karen Spelbring
Posted by lynn metcalf on January 26, 2019
Dick and Kay were our neighbors and also our friends. He was a great Doctor and I always looked forward to seeing Kay in the office also. They had a great nursing staff too! To the Hockett children-our sympathies!
Posted by Dee Gebhart on January 26, 2019
I'd like to express my sympathy to all the Hockett children and their families.
Posted by Kay & Gary Shafer on January 26, 2019

We send our sympathy to the Kay Hockett family. Dr. Hockett was my obgyn who delivered our 4 baby girls. I was so sad when he passed away so young, as he was a great Dr., & man. And way to young to leave his family . Kay was the receptionist/ secretary/ bookkeeper at the office. What a warm lovely & polite lady she was, and I bet she was protective of her husband too, if she needed to be. She also had a sweet gentle voice, that I admired. I wished I had known that she resided in Scottsdale, Az. I would have tried to do a lunch or etc with her.

May all the good Memories of life with your her bring you Comfort & Peace all these days..

She was a faithfilled person, may she enjoy the Happiness of Heaven, she so richly deserves

To her children: The loss of a mother can never be replaced, but the love of a mother can never be lost.

Prayers coming your way.

Sorry we can't be there for his funeral services, we are one of those winter snowbirds.
Posted by David Konechne on January 26, 2019
A wonderful lady who raised a wonderful family, My sympathies and prayers to all.
Posted by Karen Harrington on January 25, 2019
I have wonderful memories of Kay and the Hockett family!!! Your dad brought both of our children into this world. His joy for the miracles that he helped bring into this world overflowed into the delivery room. Your dad and mom were best buddies, and everyone who knew them saw that in their relationship. Your mom was so proud of her children!! She was kind and made me and others feel so welcome!!! I was blessed to know your family!!! Thinking of you!!!
Posted by Dorien Peters on January 25, 2019
Kay, thank you for being my mom and friend. I know you will be where you have always been,
in my heart.
My condolances to family and everyone touched by her spirit.
Also in name of Peter, Erica and Charlotte
Posted by Julie Kunkel on January 25, 2019
Sincere sympathy to all the family. I have often thought of you all, having worked alongside Dr Hockett & Kay in the office on 7th street, I worked for Dr Moller.
Great friendships, many memories, much respect. May they both rest in God's loving arms in peace.
Posted by Alice (Tyler) Mentele on January 25, 2019
My sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. I will always remember her as such a kind lady, and will never forget seeing her playing the organ in the gymnasium when Holy Spirit Parish was a new parish in town. Your dad delivered all 4 of my children. What a great couple they were. God bless all of you.
Posted by Dick Rozum on January 24, 2019
I remember Kay as a friendly, outgoing, always a smile on her face. The Hockett Family left a very positive impression on the city of Mitchell.
Posted by Paul Schueth on January 24, 2019
Such a wonderful lady, who had an enormous impact on my father. May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, thru the mercy of god, Rest In Peace.
Posted by Doug and Stephanie Schueth’ on January 24, 2019
Kay was a wonderful lady and mom. Our sympathies to all
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