OBITUARY

Margaret "Kay" (Krehbiel) Buff

September 6, 1944April 30, 2018

Margaret “Kay” (Krehbiel) Buff, 73, of Fort Wayne, passed away on April 30, 2018. Born on September 6, 1944, in Donnellson, Iowa. Her sister Marjorie Seymour resides in Story City, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late, Donald R. and Mabel I. (Schlatter) Krehbiel. Kay was one of the only children in the tri-state area to contract and survive Bulbar Polio; she was an example of determination and strength in dealing with the late effects of Bulbar Polio. Kay enjoyed a full life, and spent more than forty years in South Florida. She was one of the five original women salespersons for Hallmark Cards, was a property manager for 2300 units and insurance sales. Her sales and entrepreneurial skills were her business assets. Kay loved design, crafts and working with nature, including growing orchids; but most of all Kay loved being with her family and friends. She attended Trinity Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne. Kay married her husband of 42 years, Jonathan Glenn Buff, who survives, on March 6, 1976. Kay was born in their family home located in Donnellson, IA. She grew up in what she and others describe as an idyllic time and community. The town's population at that time was close to today's. The townspeople were strong in their church and family, there was a great spirit of community with neighbors knowing neighbors. I invite family and friends to attend a second memorial as we celebrate bringing Kay home to the little town she loved. In celebration of her life; memorial service will be 2:00pm Sunday, June 2, at Zion Mennonite Church,720 Park St, Donnellson, IA 52625. Memorial donations may be given to the Donnellson Public Library, 411 Main Street, Donnellson, Iowa 52625.

  • DONATIONS

  • Donnellson Public Library

Services

2 June

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Zion Mennonite Church of Donnellson

720 Park Street
Donnellson, Iowa 52625

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Calling Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • Memorial Service Sunday, May 6, 2018
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Margaret "Kay" (Krehbiel) Buff

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Juanita Randolph

May 7, 2018

Kay and Jon were our neighbors for a short while in Williamsburg, VA. They were both kind and caring people. Kay showed immense strength and grace while dealing with her illness. Heaven is a better place with her there. Our heartfelt sympathy to Jon.

Jonathan Buff

May 5, 2018

Kay was born in their family home located in Donnellson, IA. She grew up in what she and others discribe as an idyllic time and community. The town's population at that time was close to today's. The townspeople were strong in their church and family, there was a great spirit of community with neighbors knowing neighbors. I invite family and friends to attend a second memorial as we celebrate bringing Kay home to the little town she loved. In celebration of her life; Kay's memorial will be at the Mennonite Church of Donnellson at 2:00, June 2.

Rita Moday

May 5, 2018

Kay was one of the most amazing, resilient, kind and brave person I have ever met. She was a true inspiration to me. I loved hearing her stories and was always touched by her courage and faith in the face of all her challenges. I will cherish her friendship for the rest of my days! God bless you, Kay! Heaven is a happier place now that you are there. Rest in peace, dear friend!

Pat & Ahmed Chehab

May 5, 2018

Kay and Jon were our Miami neighbors for many years. We spent many happy hours visiting, shopping, and having fun. We delighted in our pets, our yards and bromeliad gardens. When eating breakfast out we loved ordering eggs and laughing that she was fried and I was scrambled. Kay's kindness was always evident as was her love for family, friends, and devotion to God and county. Thank you Kay. I'm a better person for having known you.

Sara Johnson

May 4, 2018

We send our deepest sympathy to Jonathan and to Marge. Kay was such a positive and enriching presence, with a sense of humor as strong as her determination to always look forward during times of distress. David and I loved and admired her so much, and we pray for comfort and peace to soothe your hearts in the coming days.

Phoebe Papaeliou

May 2, 2018

I was very fortunate to have known Kay since our hildhood, growing up and attending school together in an idyllic small town. There were many joys, trials and tribulations of adolescence celebrated or resolved in the private hideout we built together. Unfortunately, we spent the majority of our adult years living far from each other, but we loved our long telephone conversations and occasional visits. Kay lived life with joy and gratitude, and fought a very hard battle. Heaven definitely gained an angel. I extend my sincerest sympathy to the whole family.

Deb Myers Lamkin

May 2, 2018

What a beautiful brave soul. I am one of many who had the privilege to care for her at home. Such a smart lady. Kay and I had many long conversations on all subjects. She knew God and was quick to remind you that she knew her destiny. She fought so hard to live. I am blessed to have known her. Finally she has the peace she so richly deserved.
My heartfelt condolences to her family.

Gretchen Espich

May 2, 2018

I was so lucky to have been able to spend time with Margaret. She was a brave soul and I am thankful that God placed her in my life. I regret that I no longer get to see her on Earth, but I thank God that she can now breathe easy.

David and Dana Krehbiel

May 1, 2018

Words can't express how we feel at this time. What a wonderful, sweet person has entered heaven. Our prayers go out to Jon and Marge. Stay strong. You know that you have family that are here to support you.
David and Dana Krehbiel

FROM THE FAMILY