Kay graduated from Hickory High School and began her insurance career with St. Paul Insurance Co. in Charlotte. In 1974 she began working for First Security Co. and is a Commercial Lines Agent dealing mostly with large accounts. Kay also holds the office of Corporate Secretary and has been with FSC for forty-one years. She is an “unpublished poet” and is married to Randy A. Bowman of Granite Falls, with a son, Shawn.