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Kathryn R. Driver


Kathryn Reid Driver, 83, of Midland passed away on January 20, 2021 at MidMichigan Medical Center. She was born on February 20, 1937 to the late Clarence and Ella (Barker) Reid.


Kathryn was the director of public relations for the Theatre Guild. She was a longtime volunteer at Teenage Music Inc., Happy Trails and the Golden Guild. She enjoyed the Dow Gardens and loved the theatre and Midland Center for the Arts.


Kathryn is survived by her sons; Russell (Marina) Driver, Michael Driver, Todd Driver, Scott Driver, grandchildren, Kaitlyn, James, Robert, Raven and great grandchildren, Terry Barnes, Jr. and Zayden Barnes. She is also survived by her siblings, Jane Hitchcock, Susan (Edward) Davis, Sara (Drew) Hinderer. She was predeceased by her sister Lois Hull.


A private memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Teenage Musicals Inc.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Driver family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Tracey Schnepp

    27 January 2021 12 months ago

    Kay has been a very enjoyable person to be associated with in my life. Her smile was a light in a dark place in the world, it would be so pleasant and warm. I will SO miss her smile & spirit. I pray for the family and hope they can keep the faith that she IS with the Lord. My love goes out to the whole family with a Super Shout Out to my friend “Roberto”, her “favorite”.

    What I would say to Kay would be:

    💜I will MISS you VERY much Kay❤😎

  2. Betty A Enders

    26 January 2021 12 months ago

    Thoughts and prayers.

  3. Shirley King

    26 January 2021 12 months ago

    I have so many fond memories of working with Kay at the Midland Center for the Arts as well as volunteering for Theatre Guild Productions. She was a true force in the Midland theater world. May her family find joy and comfort in a lifetime of spectacular memories.

  4. David and Cheryl Salisbury

    25 January 2021 12 months ago

    Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and many friends of Miss Kay. Will miss your wonderful smile, contagious laugh and no nonsense council!

  5. Susie Arent

    25 January 2021 12 months ago

    I worked with Kay at The Reece Endeavor Garden Walk for a few years and also served on the board with her. What a gem! I am blessed to have known her and although she will be missed…she is at her final destination.

  6. Doug and Cyndi Whitaker

    25 January 2021 12 months ago

    Kay will be greatly missed. I always enjoyed our conversations and all the endeavors that we worked on together.
    Doug and I send our condolences to the family.

  7. Pam Burgess

    24 January 2021 12 months ago

    I was so sorry to hear that Kay left us. I think back on all of the years of working with Kay at the Center and TMI and the friend she was. It makes me smile as I remember her phone calls, “Can we have lunch?” I always knew I was going to be working on a show or getting involved in one of the many things she was doing. She made an impact on my life as she did on so many. RIP Kay. You will be missed and well remembered.

  8. Jon Anderson

    24 January 2021 12 months ago

    I can not imagine the number of young lives that have been changed for the better because of this incredible, unselfish, and humble woman’s dedication to keeping theater accessible to the youth of the Tri-city area. I had the pleasure of working with Kate many years ago, and it was an experience that has stayed with me ever since. My condolences to her family, and to the community for this great loss.

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