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
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
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
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.