Jean K. (McGrady) Kay of Fall River and Oak Bluffs died peacefully Thursday morning, July 16, at her home on East Chop. She was 86 and the wife of the late George E. Kay Jr.

Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Francis and the late Eileen (Quirk) McGrady, Jean was a graduate of Smith College, class of 1950 and attended Katharine Gibbs College in Providence. She moved to Swansea in 1964.

Jean was a lifelong summer resident of Martha’s Vineyard, moving there permanently in 2001. She was a communicant of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Oak Bluffs, and a member of the East Chop Yacht Club, East Chop Tennis Club and East Chop Beach Club, of which she was a former secretary.

She supported numerous Island charities, including the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust, the Polly Hill Arboretum and the Red Stocking Fund, as well as being a charter member of the 1891 Society at Adams House in Fall River, where she resided this past winter prior to returning to her Island home on July 8. She was a proud member of the Stitch and Bitch group of East Chop.

Jean is survived by her son, James H. (Jay) Kay and his wife Laurie of Mattapoisett; two daughters, Carole A. Croteau and her husband John of Westerly, R.I., and Katharine D. Kay and her partner Nancy Anderson of Camano Island, Wash.; five grandchildren, Jennifer L. Ireland, Alexander J. Croteau, Jason M. Croteau, Kelly J. Kay, and Colin A. Kay; and two great-grandchildren: Ashlynn and Griffin Ireland.

A memorial mass will be held at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Oak Bluffs at a later date. Contributions in her honor may be sent to Adam’s House, 1168 Highland Ave., Fall River, MA 02720. Arrangements are in the care of Waring-Sullivan Homes of Memorial Tribute in Fall River and online tributes may be left at