On Saturday, April 28th just after 7 PM, our sweet Mom passed into the arms of her loving savior, Jesus Christ. Kay Love Solomon was one of three children born to Ola and Robert Love of Knoxville, TN. She is survived by her sister Jean Love Merwin, and brother Dr. John Love, DDS (Judy), along with her three children, daughters Julie S Haldane (Jon), Missy Solomon, and son Sandy Solomon (Lou), and many nieces and nephews. She was 84 years old on her last birthday, just after Christmas.
Our Mom was not a complicated person. In fact, she was as easy to understand as anyone can be.
From earliest memory, having a family and providing a loving home to her beloved husband ‘Bill’ and her three children was what she always wanted most. Never a day has gone by that her love would be in doubt, it was truly boundless and unconditional. She was a master homemaker, her reputation as seamstress, chef, gardener, and chauffeur is legendary. Her pound cakes and pecan pies were in constant demand.
She was a faithful servant of her Lord and God. Her faith was somehow characterized by an almost childlike absence of doubt in the love of her creator and her reasons for being here. She raised her kids in the church, she had high expectations for us, but she never lacked for compassion or understanding.
She loved children, dogs (an occasional stray cat), and the beach. One fondest memory of our Mom has her sitting in the surf, back to the world, looking out over the ocean in communion with God. She was extraordinarily industrious, she seemed happiest when she had things to do around the house. She was the family social director. She kept our family together through it all, good times and bad. My sisters and I all remained here in Charlotte, or returned home to be near family. Mom created wonderful traditions at holidays and special occasions that we hope will live on in her absence, if only to remind us of her and Dad.
Vocationally, Mom spent many years as a teacher, working in day care and managing day care centers. Her involvement in the lives of her students is evidenced by the fact that many would visit with her regularly as adults, long after her retirement. Her final working years were devoted to teaching at the Charlotte Jewish Day School, after which all she really wanted was to be at home with Dad. Just after her retirement celebration party, she would have her 78th birthday.
Our thanks go out to all the loving hands that assisted in her care the last 18 months of life; the fine folks at Atria Merrywood, Summit Place of Southpark and Hospice Charlotte. Mom was active and self sufficient almost to the end. Special thanks to all the friends who visited with us, to Pastor Chad Gullion, Living Hope at Ballantyne and Pastors Russ and Amy Jacks Dean of Park Road Baptist Church.
Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday May 17th, Living Hope at Ballantyne, 11724 Elm Lane in Charlotte.
Kay Solomon, like all the Solomons, was a dog lover, and adopted many sweet pups over the years. In honor of her compassionate spirit and avid support of animal welfare, the Solomon family has made a donation to the Humane Society of Charlotte capital campaign for their 55,000 square foot facility that will break ground later this year on 18 acres in West Charlotte. Kay’s name will be on one of the individual dog kennels in pre-adoption/holding. We think she would love the idea of holding a pup as he or she is about to meet their new family. A memorial donation to the Charlotte Humane Society, or to the church or school of your choice, would make Mom happy in lieu of flowers.
Donations may be made to:
Humane Society of Charlotte
2700 Toomey Ave., Charlotte NC 28203