Cleopatra R. Kay
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Cleopatra R. Kay (Mom Kay) went Home on Thursday, January 3, 2013 to be with our Lord. Mom Kay was born in Lewisville, Arkansas on July 31, 1908. She married Les Kay Sr. and they were happily married 33 years.
Cleopatra was preceded in death by her mother Della Marshall, her husband Les, a daughter Charlotte, three sisters, Amy, Poly and Bernice, a brother Lazarus, grandmother a slave named Winnie Diamond, and her father, Lazarus Reed.
Those left behind are her son, Leslie (Pamela) grandson, Taj, granddaughter Chili (Richard) Vinson, great granddaughter Cayenne Vinson, and nephew and niece, Lyondell Thompson and Delores Watson.
Mom Kay was born on the Red River in Arkansas, but was raised by her Aunt Carrie who was a teacher and musician and Uncle John in Mansfield, Louisiana. Mom Kay started "Primer" at the age of eleven years old. Basically was self taught because she was not allowed to go to the Baptist school most days because she had to do housework. Along with being a house wife for most of her life in Sacramento, California, she worked as a seamstress, short order cook, furniture upholster, in Phoenix, Arizona. At McClellan Air force Base in Sacramento she worked on P38 as a "Rosie Riveter" during WW II. She was a member of St Andrews AME Church in Sacramento, California and Bethel AME in Alexandria. Mom Kay received a Proclamation and the key to the City of Pineville on her 104th birthday in 2012. Mom Kay loved people. She always had a smile for you even at the end of her amazing life. God gave her a long and beautiful life on this earth.
Services conducted by Robinson Family Mortuary 192 Pinegrove Drive, Pineville, LA 71360, celebrating her home going will be held at Bethel AME Church, Jones Street, at 11:00 AM, January 9th, 2013, with Rev Jiovante E. Watkins officiating. Internment at Greenwood Cemetery on Military Hwy will be followed by repasts at the church.
Published in The Town Talk on Jan. 8, 2013