Kay Quist

1940 ~ 2023

Kay Marie Littleford Quist, born May 26, 1940, passed away March 18, 2023.Kay’s parents were Charles Henry Littleford and Marie Steitz. She had an older brother named Ronald Keith who was killed in an auto accident in 1959. Kay attended East High and Olympus High where she graduated in 1958. Her classmates nicknamed her T-bird. (get it?)

Kay was married to Richard Quist on February 3, 1967. Their daughter, Alisa Anne Quist was born on November 2, 1968.

Kay had a lifetime interest and passion for arts and crafts - including painting and firing porcelain (inspired by family stories of and cherished heirloom pieces created by her great aunt Millie). She enjoyed all kinds of sewing, knitting and crocheting techniques she learned from her mother. Her forte in later years became decorative tole painting. She became well recognized in this community of artists for creating projects with colorful and whimsical original designs. She befriended and commissioned talented wood cutters to produce her ideas for new surfaces to decorate. Her painting designs and projects were published in various “how to” instruction magazines and online publications. She participated in many tole and decorative painting conventions in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Portland, Albuquerque and Toledo among others. She ventured into self published “mini” booklets that she called “Nosegays”. Her daughter Alisa did all of the graphic design for her books.

In her later years, Kay’s physical activities were limited by severe arthritis, but her designs continued to delight. Kay’s gifts of beautifully painted decorative and useful objects will be treasured by many beloved family and friends.

An informal gathering for family and friends will be held Monday, March 27, 2023 at 1:00 pm, at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, UT. A brief graveside dedication will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please take a loved one to lunch or dinner or a good show.


My sincere condolences 💐 to Richard and Alisa Ann for the passing of Kay
Thoughts 💭 and prayers

- Paul Asbury

We will miss this beautiful and talented lady. She was always fun to be around and talk with. We had some good talks about life now and hereafter. She is a beautiful daughter of God and we will meet again. Love to her and Richard and Alisha. We are always here for you.

- Chuck and Nancy Rose

I’m truly sorry for your loss.

- Bruce Hamilton

I am a great fan of Kay's designs & painting patterns. I never had the opportunity to paint with her but would have loved to. Rest easy Kay, paint the skies with all of your wonderful designs.

- Kay Fradeneck

I am so saddened to hear of your loss. I never got to paint with Kay but have many of her books and painted from them. Lovely designs.

- Irene Patrias

I'm so sorry to hear of Kay's passing. She was a great friend and fellow painter. I took many classes with Kay and enjoyed her company at the many conventions I attended. You and her entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. Until we meet again Kay may you hold down the painting heaven.

- Laurie Bellucci

Kay, always painted happy designs. I believe that was due to her happy life. She spread lots of sunshine. Loved all her designs. She is surely painting happy in heaven.

- Gina de la Cruz

I will never forget “Aunt” Kay as we called her! Her love for art and beautiful paintings are a treasure and many continue to be displayed over numerous holidays in my home! Kay always had a smile whenever I’d visit her! You will truly be missed, give my grandma a hug! Love you

- Nicole Anderson

So sorry to read about your mom. Just want you to know I’m thinking of you and your dad. I know that you have been a wonderful and loving daughter to your mom. And you have her talents. Best wishes always.

- Trudy BW

Dear Richard and Alisa, I am sorry for your loss.

- Doug Pratt