Midcoast girls lose a good friend
Rockport — Car dealer Ed Kolmosky has high praise for the late Kay Warren of Rockport because she gave so much of herself to the girls who were coronation candidates for the Maine Lobster Festival's Sea Goddess Pageant.
"She was very interested in the well-being of all the girls," said Kolmosky, who for 15 years was president of the festival.
"She tried to guide them in a direction that made them look professional," he said.
She was also corporate secretary of the festival, he said.
"She did it because she wanted to give back to the community," he said.
On Jan. 22, Warren, 70, died at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor following a long battle with cancer.
A widow for eight years, she was predeceased in 2004 by her husband, David W. Warren III, whom she met and married in Washington, D.C., in 1968, when she was working as a legal secretary for the Federal Communication Commission.
She had been the coordinator for the Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddesses for 20 years, ending her tenure in 2007. She was said to have spent countless hours mentoring and preparing all "her girls," as Warren called them, for the pageant and earned the nickname "Mama Kay."
Monica Dentici of Portland was crowned the sea goddess in 2006, when she was known by her maiden name of Monica Morrison.
"Our relationship was very good," Dentici said of Warren. "She helped me out with the tasks I had to do."
One of the things the candidates had to do was learn to talk in front of an audience. "We had to practice our responses," Dentici said. "She wanted things to run smoothly."
Warren believed in the lobster festival tradition and that there were bigger things in a young woman's life than being a pageant winner, said Dentici.
"She wanted us to be aware of that tradition," Dentici said.
"I gained so much from her," she added. "It was great. I really wanted to be a role model for other girls."
One of the highlights for Dentici as sea goddess was in going to other festivals, such as the Big E in Springfield, Mass., with the Maine Potato Queen and the Maine Blueberry Queen.
Warren helped the girls gain the poise to get on in life, said Dentici, who since has graduated from the University of Southern Maine and found a job in Portland.
"She would try to see us take on more than just what was expected of us," Dentici said.
Courier Publications reporter George Chappell can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.