Kay Ann Matthews Stuth, age 85, longtime resident
of Greenville, Texas went to be with the Lord on November 14,
2020. She was born to Kelsey and Autrey Matthews on May 16,1935 in Greggton,
Texas. Kay grew up in Longview, Springhill, and Winona, Texas and graduated
from Winona High School in 1953. She attended East
Texas State Teachers College where she graduated with majors
in English and Speech Therapy in 1957.
Kay loved the Lord. She believed in a servant
heart and took that very seriously. The church family was
very important to her. The many years she spent serving as a Moderator for the
Presbyterian Women were especially rewarding to her. Little did she
know that she would serve as a moderator even into her
eighties. She lived to enjoy all the efforts of the church whether it be
a bible study, board meeting, or any number of church events/activities, Kay
was certain to be involved. She believed that a church family
was important to the growth of her own family and that she
set the example by living and breathing God’s purpose for the church.
Kay’s music degree served her and the community well.
She was the organist at her church for thirty years. In
addition to her talents at the organ, Kay spent many afternoons teaching piano
to students after school. Her biggest joy was celebrating the efforts
of her students by inviting their families to her home for
recitals. It is not a surprise that not only did she love showing off her
student’s talents, but she also loved to feed them. Kay took special joy in the
kitchen creating, preparing and serving others special
treats and meals. She was a mean cook and baker of goods.
There’s no doubt that this part of her presence will also be missed.
Kay took relationships seriously. She was an avid
bridge player and was a member of a bridge club with the same
ladies in Greenville for 50 years. If you were a friend of Kay’s you knew it.
She knew no strangers and she truly wanted the best for all people.
She even talked to the solicitors when they called like they were
life-long friends...because to her anyone she met might
be her brother or sister in Christ. She took all of us in hoping that we would
all join her one day in the presence of the Lord because that
is how much she cared about people.
Kay was a devoted wife and mother. She was an
angel to her husband Jimmy “JD” Stuth as she supported and
cared for him through his 12 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease until his
passing in April 2017. She rarely spoke a discouraging word to her
boys. And that includes JD. She wanted so badly for them to
be happy that she intentionally went about her days to do just that.
Her boys are going to miss her, but they know that Kay is always with them, in
the same way that their dad, JD, is today. Kay’s purpose
in life was to serve others, but her primary focus was
on her family.
Those left to cherish her memory are her two
sons, Sam Stuth and his wife Suzi, Tom Stuth and his wife Kelly,
several nieces and nephews and all her many dear friends. Kay’s husband,
Jimmy Don Stuth, her two children Craig and Andrea, her mother and
father Kelsey and Autrey Matthews, sister Betty Miller and her husband,
Sonny Miller all preceded her in passing.
Visitation will be held at Coker-Mathews Funeral
Home Friday November 20, 2020 from 2-4. The funeral home observes masking,
social distancing and limited occupancy.
Church service will be held Saturday November 21,
2020 from 11:00 a.m. at United Presbyterian Church 5905 Stonewall St.
Greenville, Texas. United Presbyterian Church is currently following CDC and
state guidelines and will require masks to be worn inside the church building.
Due to social distancing, please be mindful that there will be limited seating
in the church.