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KATHRYN G. (KAY) LEY

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KATHRYN G. (KAY) LEY Obituary
KATHRYN (KAY) G. LEY

OCTOBER 23, 2012

Kathryn G. Ley (Kay), born November 11th, 1925, at home in Caswell County, NC, died in Haven Hope Hospice Care Center in Gainesville, FL, on October 23rd, 2012, at age 86.

Her parents, L. B. Gravely and Muriel Hooper Gravely, with Kay and her sisters Louise and Charlotte, brothers L. B. and Hooper, moved to north Florida. They finally settled in Newberry in the early 1930's. Kay was enrolled in Newberry Elementary School and later graduated from Newberry High School. Kay was active in many worthwhile activities while in school, as a member of the First Methodist Church, and as a citizen of the community contributing to the war effort of World War II. At the end of the war, she entered what is now Florida State University, and graduated in 1948 with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught in Gilchrist and Alachua Counties before beginning a graduate degree program at the University of Florida, College of Education.

While studying at the University of Florida, she met her future husband, Paul C. Ley, Jr. The two of them were married July 28th, 1950, in the First Methodist Church of Newberry. In August of that year, the newlyweds moved to Fort Myers, Florida, to begin their loving marriage of more than 62 years.

Kay was employed as a sixth grade teacher in a rural school which gave her the opportunity to use her people skills, as well as her teaching skills, to help children become successful. During her teaching years she made many dear and close friends of students and her fellow school staff members, as well as parents of her students.

During her 35 years in Fort Myers, Kay was the mother of two sons, Edward C. Ley (Ed), and Paul G. Ley (deceased). As a mother, Kay was full dedicated to the belief that motherhood was a gift to be cherished and nurtured. Her success as a mother and foster parent has been rewarded by the love and memories she has of her children. Kay was a foster parent in the Foster Parent-Child Care unit in Lee County. She cared for and nurtured children in need of immediate care during very stressful times in their lives.

In the active part of her life, Kay participated fully in the Methodist Church programs. Among those programs were, singing in the choir, teaching, outreach programs, and the United Methodist Woman, where she was a leader and participant. She was also an active member of the American University Women's Association of Lee County.

Kay was loved and respected by parents, students, and coworkers during her years of teaching. Her hobbies included needlework, knitting, reading, and traveling to many parts of the United States.

Kay is survived by her husband, Paul, her son Ed, grandchildren Amanda and Daniel, and her sister Charlotte. Other surviving relatives include, sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Santucci, Mildred Bragg, Josephine Gravely, brothers-in-laws, Larry Coleman, Glenn Cary, as well as many nephews and nieces.

On behalf of Kathryn, and her family, we wish to express our sincere appreciation for the kindness and compassion, shown to her and us, by Haven Hospice persons at all levels, and our Comfort Keepers personnel, who attended her at all times. Her last days were almost pain free. Thank you from all of us.

Services will be at 10AM, on Saturday, November 3rd, at the Alachua United Methodist Church, in Alachua, FL. Private burial service will be later for the family in Newberry. Because of her impact on the lives of so many, she will be missed but not forgotten. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests gifts to Haven Hospice, United Methodist Children's Home, the Salvation Army, or the church or . Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669(352) 472-5361

Published in The News-Press from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2012
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