OBITUARY

Mertice Louise Kea McKay

February 14, 1919September 7, 2020
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After suffering briefly from pneumonia, Mertice went to her heavenly home on September 7, 2020. She was born on February 14, 1919, to Mary Lillian Williams Kea and Joe Ab Kea in Ludlow, Mississippi.

After graduating as Valedictorian from Ludlow High School, she attended Jackson Commercial College for one year, followed later being employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 26 years. She started out as a clerk typist and retired as Executive Secretary to the State Executive Director.

Mertice married James Peyton McKay on June 20, 1944, and they became the proud parents of James Peyton McKay, Jr., Rosemary Kea McKay Scrivner, and William Joeab McKay. She was always involved in both their sports and academic activities: Homeroom Mother, PTA President, Girl Scout Leader, and enthusiastic booster in all their endeavors.

Mertice was a devoted and active member of First Baptist Church, Jackson, for over 70 years. She was also a long time member of the Country Club Garden Club and served as President of NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees). She was a founding member of the short-lived Jackson Toastmistress Club, and was a Colonelette on two Governors’ staffs. Also, once she was featured as “Woman of the Month” on June King’s TV show.

Mertice has traveled extensively, both in the U.S. and abroad (including Greece, Austria, Germany, France, Belgium, Amsterdam and Switzerland). Years ago the McKays entertained widely at their cottage at Lake Dockery in Byram, MS and more recently at their beach house in Dauphin Island, AL.

Mertice is predeceased by her husband, her parents, two sisters Evon Adcock and Mary Joe Kea, and her son, William Joeab McKay. She is survived by her son Peyton of Fairhope, AL, and daughter Rosemary of Clinton, MS. She has four grandchildren: Matthew Scott Scrivner (Dawn) of Flowood, MS, Lacey Scrivner VanDevender of Clinton, MS, John Peyton McKay (Sharifah) of Mandeville, LA, and Brooke McKay Ellis (Andrew) of Spanish Fort, AL. She has ten great grandchildren: Taylor (Chloe), Brittney, Austin, Ashley and Cody Scrivner; Aaron, Corey and Alec White; and Mary Mac and Clay, Jr. Marsal of Spanish Fort, AL. She has one great great granddaughter, Darsey Ellyn Reeves. She also has one nephew, McKea Adcock (Mary), of Leland, MS.

Having enjoyed a full life and good health until her 100th birthday, Mertice has been greatly blessed by her loving Lord. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother, loved by everyone, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • John Peyton McKay
  • Taylor Scrivner
  • Austin Scrivner
  • Aaron White
  • Corey White
  • Alec White

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 12, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 12, 2020

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Mertice Louise Kea McKay

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Patty Perkins Mitchell

September 11, 2020

Rosemary, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a classy lady, and I really enjoyed getting to see her at some of our Provine ladies’ supper get-togethers. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Patty Mitchell
Brandon, MS

Barbara Smith Gilbert

September 11, 2020

Peyton & Rosemary,
We are so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. Frank let me know this morning. Your Mother was always such a sweet person as we were growing up and we both have many fond memories of those years. Even though we haven’t seen her in years this picture proves she was still a beautiful lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as all of your families at this time. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Barbara Smith Gilbert

Jane And Eddie Moak

September 10, 2020

I have known Mrs. McKay for many many years. She and her family were neighbors of ours growing up in west Jackson.
She was the most elegant lady with a fantastic handwriting. The reason I mention the handwriting is we were blessed to have her in our home on several occasions when we were hosting the Provine group. She was one of us.
That said after each time she was here we received a handwritten thank you note from her on her special stationary. Not to mention that she always brought us a happy or baked goods.
Just a beautiful lady inside and out.
She will be missed!

Linda Laster

September 9, 2020

I sure did hate to hear about the passing of Mrs. McKay. She lived a long life. She was a great lady and will surely be missed. May God bless the family at this difficult time.

Ree Russell

September 9, 2020

I was sworn in to the US Department of Commerce on the same day as Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President, on January 20, 1981, his in Washington, DC and mine in Jackson, MS. I had a wonderful co-worker named Rosemary Scrivner. Rosemary's mother, Mertice McKay visited the downtown Jackson, MS office often, bringing hot, freshly made bread for Rosemary and me to snack on. Mertice worked all of her life for the US Department of Agriculture. We had so much in common! We loved being civil servants, helping US companies with their business needs. I grew to be fast friends with Mertice and viewed her to be an honorary mother. What a blessing to have interfaced with this amazing woman Mertice for almost 40 years. I will always love her and will miss her terribly.

Don Koehler

September 9, 2020

Mertice was always the sweetest lady, and a great friend to my wife, Ree and me. We’ll miss seeing her sweet, smiling face.

David A. Adcock

September 9, 2020

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of dear, sweet cousin Mertice McKay. I first met Mertice at a 2011 reunion of descendants Henry Adcock (1827-1897) and Sarah Swilling (1831-1897) [See photo]. These families had not gathered in over 100 years, and Mertice and her daughter Rosemary, represented the families of Martha Jane Adcock-Kea well! I fell in love with cousin Mertice, who was such a delight. She always had a sparkle in her eyes and such a gentle laugh. We talked for hours about her family and her own life story. Then in 2019, I was honored to attend her 100th birthday celebration in Jackson, MS. What a wonderful time we all had! I am deeply grateful for the blessing and privilege to have gotten to know such an amazing woman. I will miss you cousin Mertice! And my family will be praying for Mertice's whole family. God bless you all!

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