We are sad to share that Business Record Managing Editor Anne Carothers-Kay passed away on Feb. 18 at the age of 59 after a battle with a rare form of cancer.
Anne had been with us since I hired her in 2012, joining our team after a long career in journalism that in the end spanned nearly 35 years - a majority of which she spent as a reporter and editor at the Des Moines Register. She also had stints as an editor with Patch.com in Urbandale and as the editor for Meredith Corporation's Heart-Healthy Living magazine.
At the Business Record she was integral in working with our reporters to craft the stories in both our weekly print product and Daily enewsletters, and helped shape the mission and content for the launch of our Lift IOWA enewsletter for female business leaders.
She brightened the newsroom with her positive outlook on life, used her passion for health to encourage our entire company to think about healthier eating and living habits, and perhaps most important, much like she did for the people around her, she kept the plants in the newsroom watered and nourished.
Anne had been out of the office since September, and though at times the plants looked a bit parched in her absence, we did our best and held out hope that much like she had done twice before, she would be able to overcome this latest bout with cancer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Kay and her brother, Paul Carothers. She is survived by her partner, Tom Wilson, her two children, Meagan Mostrom and Evan Kay, her brothers Andy (Lynn) Carothers of Beatrice, Neb. and Alan (Christina) Carothers of Lincoln, Neb., and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. A memorial service will be held Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. at the same location. Memorial donations can be made to Lutheran Church of Hope or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Anne will be missed by many, and I thought I'd share a bit of Anne's wisdom contained in a little excerpt from a piece she wrote when she joined the Business Record in 2012.
"I've played it safe, worked hard and, occasionally, played it smart. I've been blessed to have an interesting career, which got more interesting when I stopped planning it. As it turns out, life is better when you're open to opportunity.
"Not that I came to that conclusion because I'm all that wise. The truth is, life knocked my ideas about my career out of my head with a couple of two-by-four events in the past few years. I lost my husband of 28 years, Jim Kay, a fellow journalist who was a writer, producer and director for Iowa Public Television for 28 years. Then I lost my job and became one of far too many print journalism refugees. Those crises were great blessings, actually.
"They forced me to look at what's important to me: making a difference, making connections, having a community, and learning, always learning. Those goals are shared by this company, so it feels like a good fit here. I learned a tremendous amount being a cog in some excellent big companies, but I think it will be even better to make a difference in a small one."
That you did Anne.