OBITUARY

Kay Mercer Robbins

October 7, 1947April 4, 2019
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Kay Mercer Robbins, 71, of Jacksonville, Florida passed away April 4, 2019 in the presence of her family. She is survived by her brother, Bob Mercer (Faye); three children, Eric Deaton, Adam Deaton (Kathy), Rebecca Howell (John); and five grandchildren, Juliette Deaton, Lily Deaton, Noah Deaton, Samantha Howell and Dash Howell.

Kay was born in McCreary County, Kentucky on October 7th, 1947 to Ross and Cassell Mercer and settled with her family in Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated from Andrew Jackson High School and earned a BA in Literature from the University of North Florida. In her professional life, Kay served as the Director of Communications for Baptist Medical Center, was the owner of Cliff’s Bar and Grill, and earned a certification as a Master Gardener from the University of Florida.

A celebration of the life of Kay Robbins will be held at noon on Thursday, April 18th, 2019 at the Beaches Chapel by Hardage-Giddens at 1701 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Jacksonville Arboretum in the name of Kay Robbins where a bench will be dedicated in Kay’s name near one of her favorite trees. (https://www.jacksonvillearboretum.org. Please add “In memory of Kay Robbins” to the notes.)

  • FAMILY

  • Bob Mercer (Faye), Brother
  • Eric Deaton, Son
  • Adam Deaton (Kathy), Son
  • Reecca Howell (John), Daughter
  • Five grandchildren, Juliette Deaton, Lily Deaton, Noah Deaton, Samantha Howell and Dash Howell.

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, April 18, 2019
REMEMBERING

Kay Mercer Robbins

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Donna Smith

April 18, 2019

My sincere condolences to Kay's family and loved one's. It's been a pleasure being Kay's neighbor for the past five years and I will always treasure our friendship and conversations. Heaven has truly gained another angel!

Cristy Griffin

April 17, 2019

Kay was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. I remember when I first met Kay as a Master Gardener. I was in awe of her knowledge and enthusiasm. I held on to her words because I knew I was learning something good. She was an inspiration outside of gardening as well, as her knowledge was very broad. I ask myself often “How would Kay do this?” I treasure our friendship.

Lee BeY

April 12, 2019

I first met Kay at Baptist and she was such a nice person. She was sweet and a lovely woman, I know she will be missed by all. To her family I just want to say I am so sorry for your loss.

Rose Marie Edwards

April 10, 2019

I've lived in my house for almost 50 years , a neighbor to Kay for many of them. I remember the horses next door to me getting loose and Kay trying to block the driveway next door to me with garbage cans and us trying to get them out of the road. WE DID it. She had the best looking yard on the road, always working in it. May GOD Bless her and her family. She will be missed.

Bonnie Reublin

April 9, 2019

Kay was one of the most outstanding women that I have known .She had so much to share with others in areas of gardening, cooking, and landscaping. She helped anyone who called on her,and she was patient even when we needed reminders about things she had already told how to do. Her courage and feistiness served her well during the times she fought to get the best health care available. Those of us who were lucky enough to be her friend were blessed by her generosity and her accomplishments. Those of you in her family were so special to her. I loved hearing about birthdays, special treats , and the Barbie tree. May you come through this time realizing how she loved you.

Julie Humphress

April 9, 2019

What a wonderful treasure Kay was. She was gardener extraordinaire and spending a day in the garden with her was amazing. Saving seeds, her famous grow buckets and oh those peppers and teeny tomatoes are just a few of the memories I have of her. Rest in peace Kay, hopefully in a garden.

Becky Wern

April 9, 2019

Kay was such a valuable member of the Master Gardeners and made wonderful contributions. So sorry for this awful loss.

Jeanette Johnson

April 9, 2019

Working with
Kay at urban garden

Marlys Golatz

April 8, 2019

So very sorry for your loss.

Linda Turner

April 8, 2019

Although I have not been in frequent contact with Kay over the past few years, I do remember the excellent workshops she gave on the grow bucket gardening. As a teacher myself, it is easy to recognize a good teacher and she certainly was. She was passionate about gardening, and will be missed by all. My condolences to out to you.

Linda Turner

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