Kay Merlyn Acton, 92, of Roseville, died March 28, 2024. She was born in Hallock, Minnesota, on Jan. 22, 1932, and lived in nearby Kennedy before relocating to St. Anthony Park with her family during World War II.

She attended Murray High School and the University of Minnesota, where she earned a degree in nursing and began a career as a public health nurse. On Sept. 19, 1953, Kay married Roger Acton, also of St. Anthony Park.

Kay enjoyed meeting new people and learning about different cultures. She was a host-mom to eight foreign exchange students while raising her children. She was an avid traveler, visiting all seven continents, the last of which was Antarctica, where she celebrated her 81st birthday.

Kay was preceded in death by parents, Merle and Nora Johnson; brother, Kurth; and former spouse, Roger Acton.

She is survived by children Cindy Acton, Patty Beaudry, Mary (Richard) Crist, Becky (Tony) Monteforte, and Tom Acton; Dutch daughter, Afke; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother Wayne (Bonnie) Johnson; and sister, Susan Petropoulos.

Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association at http://www.alz.org.

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