Karla Faye Kay

April 9, 1959May 16, 2011

Karla Faye Kay, 52, of Holts Summit, passed away Monday, May 16, 2011 at her home. She was born April 9, 1959 in Sikeston, Mo., the daughter of Kenneth and Ethel Morse, and Karna Ware.

She was united in marriage to Larry Kay on August 30, 1980 at the First Baptist Church in Fulton, Mo. He survives at the home.

Karla was a residential advisor at Missouri School for the Deaf. She enjoyed crocheting, crafts, fishing and playing games. Her greatest enjoyment came from being in her home and surrounded by family.

Along with her parents and husband, she leaves behind to cherish her memory three daughters, Kimberly Gilmore, Marla Kay, and Dawn Kay all of Columbia, Mo.; six brothers, Kenny Morse of Mexico, David Morse of South Korea, Gary Ware and wife Tammy of Sikeston, Mo., Danny Ware and wife Carissa of Sikeston, Mo., Kevin Morse and wife Gretchen of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Bobby Watkins of Sikeston, Mo.; one sister, Angie Penrod and husband Bobby of Sikeston, Mo.; and three grandchildren, Elissa Gilmore, Fayla Kay-Young, and Aiden Gilmore.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Angie Watkins and grandparents, Mary Ann and Orlin (Salty) Morse.

Funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday, May 20th, 2011 at Debo Funeral Home in Holts Summit with Pastor Bruce Williamson officiating. Interment will follow at Summit Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 pm Thursday, May 19th at the funeral home. In lieu of customary memorials, the family suggests donations be made in Karla’s name to Missouri School for the Deaf, c/o Debo Funeral Home, PO Box 314, Holts Summit, Mo., 65043.


  • Visitation Thursday, May 19, 2011
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 20, 2011

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Mindy Marler

May 20, 2011

She is best RA that I ever had.. Thank her for changed my life in some ways from my childhood in Rice Hall and Kerr hall High School! I love her and will always miss her and never forget who she is or where she come from.. Thank you Karla Kay! Mwah! (Mindy Eye)... Be strongs for Karla! She really loves her family like crazy!

Marsha Byrd

May 20, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Karla was a wonderful woman and she loved her girls so much. She will be watching over all of you from Heaven. God needed her in Heaven.

Bonnie Fry

May 20, 2011

I won't forget her. I had good memories worked with her. One time I borrowed her car to go to the bank but it would not start so I texted Charles B. to help me to start it...still would not start. I let her borrowed some money to buy a new battery for her car. That was funny. This other time I took her home with my mustang she loved it. Every time we put the kids to bed. We would chat and chat so much about our life. She loved her grandkids so much and her daugthers also her husband. I will miss her dearly. May God comfort her family.

marian hurd

May 20, 2011

karla kay and larry kay. i really miss karla kay. i surely miss her very much. karla and i had a good time together when we were young. i pray for her family and friends in my prayer and thoughts.
marian hurd
( sedalia,Mo)

Evelyn Wood

May 20, 2011

I'm very saddened and sorry to hear about Karla's sudden and unexpectedly death. She was very friendly.. I miss her sorely and will always remember her. God bless each of you.
I love you! \m/_

Chrystal Kelso

May 19, 2011

In the Memory of Karla Kay, She is the greatest of residental advisor in msd. she is so adorable person. and my sympathies with Karla's family and be strong together for Karla!

Ashley Burton

May 19, 2011

Thoughts and Prayers out to Kay Family. She was so WONDERFUL lady in the world! Rest of Peace of Karla.. I love her!

tabatha gordon

May 19, 2011

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Bobbie Salazar ( Thomas)

May 19, 2011

I do miss Karla Kay since She is good care of the girls at MSD for many year it good memories ( I love her smile and show ) my thought of Larry, his family and friends. ( Asl I Love You )

May 19, 2011

To Kay Family,
I was in shock to hear about Karla because I had just visited with her several days before it happened. She was "my mom" to me when I lived in the dorm for 4 years and have remained good friends for years after I graduated. I was thrilled when Karla brought you all down to my wedding back in 1996. We had a great time! I loved her so much! Thank you for sharing Karla with us. May God give you all comfort knowing that she is "home" waiting to be with you all again. Hugs.
Tosha Wheeler-Drew