Twilla Kay Stence
March 7, 1943 – February 4, 2020
Twilla Kaye Adrian Stence, a resident of Kingsland, Texas, died on February 4, 2020, surrounded by her beloved family. Born on March 7, 1943 in Loraine, Texas, to the late Leroy and Helen Louise (Anders) Adrian, Kay spent her early years in Loraine, Roscoe, Cooper and Hale Center.
In 1961 Kay graduated from Hale Center High and attended Lubbock Christian College. There she met Donald L. Stence and they married in June of 1963. The couple lived briefly in Miami, Florida, before returning to Texas where her husband completed his graduate degree at Texas Tech University. The family was complete when two sons, Michael and Mitchell, were born in Lubbock.
Kay and her family then moved to Austin where the boys were raised and educated. The family participated actively in the Churches of Christ. An accomplished cook and seamstress, Kay took pride in creating a warm and welcoming home. She loved bringing family and friends together for delicious meals, especially during the holidays, thereby carrying on the “Anders girls’” longtime tradition of hospitality.
Not only a homemaker and mother, Kay also became a successful businesswoman when she discovered her gift for helping women achieve personal goals related to beauty, nutrition and wellness. For 41 years Kay was a Mary Kay Cosmetics Independent Beauty Consultant and for 30 years was an Independent Sales Director in Austin and the Highland Lakes area.
Beginning in 2000, Kay was certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a nutritionist and an approved Gottschall Foundation SCD Digestive Health Counselor. She maintained a worldwide online program serving many loyal clients by providing advice on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to assist clients in digestive health issues.
From the time she was a small child Kay’s parents recognized her exceptional vocal ability and was instrumental in finding opportunities to develop her beautiful soprano voice. As a young girl she enjoyed singing in school and church and also attended summer music and voice camps at Lubbock Christian College and later studied with the respected vocal instructor, Mrs. J.W. King, Jr.
Singing was truly one of the central aspects of Kay’s life. She joined her parents and two brothers singing hymns in “four-part harmony” and was often in demand to lend her beautiful voice at weddings, musicals, funerals and even “gigs” at restaurants. With a repertoire of over 300 popular songs committed to memory, Kay could respond to impromptu requests with ease and never miss a beat, note or word. She was happiest when performing with her voice. When living in Kingsland, she regularly taught voice and piano to many adults and children.
Family members preceding Kay in death are her parents, her husband, and her brother, Gary Adrian.
Kay is survived by two sons, Michael (Star Beauchamp) Stence of Austin, Mitchell (Kim) Stence of Kingsland; five grandchildren, Zachary, Tyler, Payton, Riley and Cassandra; one brother, Steven Adrian of Austin; cousins, Kimberly (Dale) Hayes, Ross (Heather) Hayes, and London Hayes of Katy; sister-in-law, Joy (James) Rettmann of Lubbock; brothers-in-law, Bill (Carla) Stence of Lubbock and David (Jackie) Stence of Austin; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 22 at 2:00 pm at Weed-Corley- Fish Funeral Home, 2620 S. Congress Ave., Austin. Officiating will be Robert Billingslea, Senior Pastor of Packsaddle Fellowship of Kingsland.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a contribution to a charity of your choice in memory of our beloved Kay.
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Twilla Kay Stence
KARON. KELLEY MEDLIN
February 9, 2020
Dear Steve, Mitchell & Michael;
My Deepest and Heart felt Sympathy for you and your two Nephews at the loss of a very special and GOD sent woman to your lives.
Her passing will hurt as it states in the Bible but one day you will see her again.
The Adrain family goes back a long ways with the Leroy & Jerrye Kelley family. What an honor and privilege it was to have the Adrain family as our neighbors down a country road out side of Hale Center, Texas. My all the gold in the world could not buy the wonderful memories. Sharon and I working for your Mother at Lou’s Drive-In
So much fun. My heart aches each time I have heard of one of your families loss. GOD Bless you in the days to come.
Love Karon Kelley Medlin
February 9, 2020
Dear Steve,Mike ,Mitch and family
My love and prayers for you all on your loss. Kay was a dear friend of 40 years from our Mary Kay days but became a very close friend when i moved to Austin 3 years ago then to Kingsland. We laughed and had such fun as she shared her Texas with me. I am so happy she was able to go to VA with me 2 years ago and shared my home area with her. She was in awe of all the spring blooming! I miss her so much but rejoice she is now singing in the heavenly choir while watching over her loved ones from above.