Reba Kay

March 31, 1929 – December 2, 2020

Reba Lee Kay was born the 5th child to Samuel Harris and Espenola Denman on March 31, 1929 in Lufkin, Texas. She graduated from Dunbar High School. Shortly after marrying Cleveland Kay in January 1960 they relocated to Houston, Texas where they remained faithful to each other until his transition on November 5, 2008.

Reba started her career in the Central Supply department at St. Luke / Texas Children Hospital and later advanced to the Respiratory Therapy Department where she provided breathing treatments for the patients until she retired in 1994.

For more than 50 years, Reba has been a member of First South Main Missionary Baptist Church. She has received several awards and recognition from her church and professional organizations as well as personal letters of appreciation from former patients throughout the years.

Reba had it her way up until the day she took her last breath. She could be found talking, as she never met a stranger, volunteering, and working the voting poll. Twice she fought and won the battle with breast cancer. Reba created her own greeting card ministry; always sending cards of encouragement to others.

Mrs. Reba lived independently and took pride that she was able to manage her affairs. Never being afraid to travel; her adventures took her to Israel to view the Holy Land. Up until her passing, she drove her car and served as President of the South Texas District Association. She was a continuous learner and remained active in the Bible Study Fellowship. 

Organizations close to her heart included the Susan G. Komen Foundation (komen.org); Star of Hope (www.sohmission.org); South Texas District Association (www.southtexasda.org); and her church, First South Main Missionary Baptist Church.

On December 2, 2020, she said to her daughters, I love you and transitioned from here to her new home on the other side. It was quick, she did not linger. Reba is survived by: two sisters, Helen Chapel of Daly City, CA and Lillian Harper of San Francisco, CA; one brother-in-law, Manuel Kay (Roberta) of Dallas, TX; three daughters, Carol Jones of Houston, Texas, Sheron Richardson (Larry) of Dallas, Texas, and Sheila Kay of Houston, Texas; two step daughters, Linda Pearson, and Gwendolyn Allen; eleven grandchildren, Samantha Jones, Celeste Jones, Catrina Linscomb, Richard Pearson III, Debra Allen, Marla Richardson, Darla Richardson (Ken), Larry Richardson Jr, and Andrenna Baldwin (Dennis); a host of great grand-kids, great great grand-kids, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleveland Kay; her parents, three brothers and four sisters.

Visitation:

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Pentecostal Baptist Church, 8310 Southview St., Houston, Texas 77051

Funeral Service:

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Pentecostal Baptist Church, 8310 Southview St., Houston, Texas 77051

Interment:

Saturday, December 12, 2020 – Immediately following the funeral service

Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 2426 Cullen Blvd., Pearland, Texas 77581

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Pearl Herbert Pearl Herbert from Vacaville, CA wrote on December 13, 2020 at 10:20 am
Our Dear Cousin Reba...A limb has fallen from our family tree. We will forever cherish the memory of your bright smile, infectious laugh and nurturing spirit when we were blessed to see you. What an amazing Woman of God! Carol, Sheron and Sheila...may you find comfort in the Lord that He will put a song of praise in your hearts as you lean on Him for strength during this difficult time. We love you! Your Cousins from California, Pearl, Ajah and Family, Roderick and Family
Mae Johnson Mae Johnson from Houston, Texas wrote on December 11, 2020 at 2:07 pm
Sometimes you hold on to faith...sometimes faith holds on to you. Hope it eases your sorrow and gives you strength to know that many heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you. Going to miss her words of wisdom every Tuesday morning with the BSF class.
Mae Johnson Mae Johnson from Houston, Texas wrote on December 11, 2020 at 2:07 pm
Sometimes you hold on to faith...sometimes faith holds on to you. Hope it eases your sorrow and gives you strength to know that many heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you. Going to miss her words of wisdom every Tuesday morning with the BSF class.
Manuel & Bebe Kay Manuel & Bebe Kay wrote on December 11, 2020 at 1:45 pm
We will miss the beautiful smile, the warm heart, the soothing words of wisdom and LOVE,b that was given by Reba. However, all these qualities and more are reflected in her daughters. Our prayers are with the family.
Eva & Terry L. Ellis Eva & Terry L. Ellis from Frederick, Maryland wrote on December 10, 2020 at 5:51 pm
Mrs. Reba, a true and beautiful light! Never changing over the 30 plus years I knew her. Always had an awesome smile to warm my spirit and a word of wisdom to encourage me. I met her all those years ago at St. Luke’s/Texas Children’s Hospital and years later the man I married met her on a dance floor at one of her family reunions. Needless to say she left a lasting impression on the both of us, and we will never forget her smile and genuine spirit. God Bless her Children and Family Today and Always!
Walter Lafnette Walter Lafnette from Missouri City wrote on December 10, 2020 at 5:16 pm
My prays are with you'll, Mrs. Kay was the last one in that inner circle on Rosemont St. I appreciate everything she did for my mom, Mrs. Kay will truly be missed by everyone, may God Bless the family.
Angela hobbs spencer Angela hobbs spencer from Frederick Md wrote on December 10, 2020 at 1:26 pm
My beloved Aunt Reba It is so hard to believe that you have taken your eternsl seat with the King. Yes we all know that Uncle Cleveland was your earthly King but we all know who was your King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Each time we tslked I always gained a nugget of wisdom from you. You impacted so many lives in your 91 years of life. I will miss you. I will always love you and i thank you for planting in my life. Your Niece Angela
Sheron Richardson Sheron Richardson from Dallas, TX wrote on December 9, 2020 at 8:30 pm
I will miss our conversations and visits; I celebrate having lots of memories to carry me on until we meet again. Thank you for making my life better. Note: For those planning to come on Saturday for visitation and services, social distance will be in place. There is limited seating for the service. We encourage you to join us via live streaming on Facebook at www.pentecostalmbc.org or AUDIO ONLY @ 1-346-248-7700; Meeting Number 858 9314 8653 Password 442077 Thank you and stay safe. Sheron