Kathryn Elaine Evans Hunt
Aspen, CO Colorado”Kaye” was born in Bountiful, Utah, on May 24, 1924, the first of the five children of Joseph Goulden and Mary Golda Evans. Her early childhood was contrasted between rough desert mining communities to the intellectual community of Berkeley, Calif., where her father earned a degree in mining engineering. With her family she traveled from the “Dream Mines” of Utah and the silver mines of Nevada to the diamond mines of South Africa and Namibia. When not in school in Cape Town, she spent her teens in the African bush, embracing the local culture and wild environment. Later she was recognized for her radio program featuring her own renditions of American western music. As an actress in South Africa she was admired for her style, sophistication and beauty.
It was in South Africa that she met both of her future husbands, Reg and Glen. She was engaged to Reg, a South African rancher, during World War II. During that period, while working in the American Embassy as a decoder, she met another American, Glen Nelson. Glen, the ultimate salesman, quickly convinced her to marry him, and stole her away to Mozambique. They moved to Palestine, where Glen was in partnership with the king of Transjordan, and where their eldest daughter was born during the war of 1946. When the King David Hotel (their domicile) was bombed, they were evacuated back to the U.S., where they had five more children. Kaye and Glen raised their family in some of the most beautiful and unusual locations in California, Connecticut and Colorado. They often visited Aspen to ski and hike, and for a time had a residence here. The family enjoyed many unique adventures together before Reg hunted Kaye down and brought her back to marry him in South Africa.
For more than 30 years, she helped Reg build up his successful stud cattle breeding enterprise, and dedicated much of her time to educating and improving the lives of the local African population. She served as the U.S. Embassy’s Cape Province liaison, and bravely became an officer of the regional African National Congress helping to end the era of apartheid. After Reg’s death in 1998, Kaye continued her world travels and explorations, and loved visiting her six beloved children and spouses, 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, delighting them with her exotic tales and encouraging them to always be confident, kind and positive.
Kathryn passed away peacefully at her home in Reston, Va., on April 16. Included in the family mentioned above is her daughter Karinjo DeVore and her grandchildren Niki and Katrina DeVore, and son Trevor Nelson and his wife Rose Marie, and grandson, Lorawnt-T Nelson, and Kaye’s cousin Richard Jackson, all from Aspen.To help realize Kathryn’s dream of building a much-needed AIDS orphanage in her village, Magareng, send tax deductible contributions to Serve a Village, c/o Friends of Africa, P.O. Box 6388, Snowmass Village, CO 81615.
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