Escapees RV Club Mourns Passing of Kay Peterson
Club co-founder dies at 90 years of age
Livingston, TX. June 2017
Escapees RV Club is deeply saddened to report the passing of co-founder, Kay Peterson, aged 90. She and her late husband, Joe Peterson, founded the club in 1978, and continued to serve Escapees members until 1990 when leadership of the club was passed to their daughter, Cathie Carr, and her husband Bud. From writing and publishing the club’s early newsletters, in the 1970s and 80s, to advising the current board of directors in her later years, Kay maintained a strong connection to the club and its members.
Her grandson, and Escapees RV Club president, Travis Carr, described Kay perfectly. “While this news is deeply saddening, we must all remember that Kay lived one of the fullest lives any ninety-year-old could ever hope for. She accomplished every goal she set for herself, and her every dream has been realized.”
In addition to her work with Escapees RV Club, Kay was an accomplished writer, producing reference books and pamphlets for RVers. She also wrote several novels loosely based on her experiences traveling around the world. Her book Chasing Rainbows, an anthology of short stories inspired by people she met while traveling, is a favorite among RVers thanks to her wry sense of humor and candid way of writing.
Joe and Kay were inducted into the MH/RV Hall of Fame in 2001, in recognition of their support of the RVing community. They were honored again in 2010, when RV Business magazine included them in the 100 most influential people in the RV industry for their work in RV advocacy, support services and fostering a sense of community among RVers.
Their work has touched the lives of thousands of RVers. As long-time Escapees member Karen Cannon shared, “many people’s lives have changed because of what she and Joe started. We will always be grateful for them both!”
The family has asked for privacy at this time. Cards and other sentiments may be sent to the Carr family via Escapees headquarters at 100 Rainbow Drive, Livingston, TX 77351, . Memorial service arrangements will be announced at a later date.
Photo caption: Kay Peterson, club co-founder, and Cathie Carr, Peterson’s daughter and president emeritus, eagerly greet attendees at the 2016 Escapade in Essex Junction, VT.