Catherine “Kay” Walker Coupe, 95

Catherine “Kay” Walker Coupe, 95, passed away peacefully with family by her side on June 17. Born, raised and until recently a resident of Greenwich, Kay was the daughter of Dewey and Catherine Walker. She spent her final years in Minnesota, where she spent many happy hours and was well cared for by her daughter and family. In 1957, Kay married the love of her life and partner of 62 years, Bill Coupe.

Their children were the focus and joy of their lives: Cathy Mahoney of Lakeville, MN, Bill and Jeanne Coupe of Wilton, CT, Linda Livingstone of Norwalk, CT and Kevin and Elaine Coupe of Scotch Plains, NJ.

Kay was “Googie” to family, “Katy” to friends and “Nan” or “Grand Nan” to Catie, Ryan, Margaux and Merrick Anderson, Megan Mahoney, Will and Caroline Coupe, Annie and Grey Livingstone, Kyle Coupe and Kelsey and Frank Besson. Kay was pre-deceased by her husband, first grandchild Timmy Mahoney, son-in-law George Livingstone, and her brother Jimmy Walker.

Kay quietly demonstrated that a woman can successfully navigate and enjoy a career while being an engaged loving mother of four. Kay started as a legal secretary and eventually managed a law firm in Greenwich, where she worked for over 50 years. She never missed a HS or college football, basketball, baseball, or softball game
and was her kids’ go-to “admin” for all writing assignments – offering to type their papers in a fraction of the time that it would have taken them given her lightning speed on her IBM Selectric typewriter.

Kay loved spending time with family and friends, loved giving gifts and loved helping others where she saw a need.

She was a member of the Ladies Guild at St. Mary’s Parish and doer of many behind the scenes tasks for her circle of family and friends.

In her later years, she never missed a daily check-in with her close friend Gay Merritt, and she stayed close to generations of the Coupe, Walker and Romanello families. Kay instilled in her children and grandchildren a strong work ethic, the value of loyalty, a love of tradition and her strong faith.

Three generations of family will think of Nan and smile when they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas Eve with the “not to be messed with menu,” end a round of Canasta with a concealed hand, enjoy a glass of Chardonnay, Ovaltine or a St. Moritz pastry with a good friend or grandchild.

Burial and services will be private. The family requests those who wish to express sympathy consider making a donation to the Cos Cob Library Renovation Project.