Ordinary People With Extraordinary Ways

Carol Monson Isaac

Carol Monson Isaac

Sisters Kay and Carol Monson grew up in Sutton and spent much of their days outside adventuring. They often packed a lunch to follow the creek through town. Many of us remember growing up where you never met a stranger, never locked your doors and always played outside until sundown. 

The sisters played piano for their church and spent a lot of time at their beloved Carnegie Library. They got their push toward learning from their parents who grew up in the Great Depression and didn't finish high school.

"Kay was well read and very artistic," Carol Monson Isaac of Omaha says of her older sister who passed away last year, naming NET in her will.

"She loved decorating, and her beautiful home was inviting and lovely. She was a good listener, and people easily opened up to her. She was totally interested in every detail of your life," Carol adds. 

A University of Nebraska graduate with a speech language pathology/audiology degree, Kay also received her Reading Recovery endorsement and became a gifted facilitator, teaching at Morley Elementary School in Lincoln for 10 years.

Kay also loved to travel, with trips to England, Wales, Slovakia and Switzerland. She enjoyed jazz music, became a classical pianist and watched a lot of shows on NET Television, including "Masterpiece Mystery!"

"She wanted to make public television available to others," Carol says of her sister's extraordinary bequest to NET.

Although affected by stage four cancer, Kay lived her last six years gracefully. Her sister came across a poem by Mother Teresa that was meaningful to her life. The final stanza reads, "Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who care and answer in extraordinary ways."

Your future gift can support NET programming for years to come. Contact The NET Planned Giving Office at 800.634.6788 or plannedgiving@netNebraska.org to learn more.

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