Kay Link

April 13, 1949July 30, 2018

Kay Senter Link, 69 of Southport and formerly of Welcome, passed away on July 30, 2018.

Kay was born April 13, 1949 in St. Louis, Missouri to the late Alvin and Irene Senter. She was raised in Kirkwood, Missouri and was a graduate of High Point College.

Survivors include her daughter, Carrie Reep, and husband, Josh, of Oak Island; a son, Jason Link, and wife, Missy; and two grandchildren, James Link and Callie Link, all of Lake Jackson, Texas.

She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She felt immense joy in being a grandmother and loved doing special things for James and Callie. She believed in celebrating the small things and never missed an opportunity to celebrate life’s moments with James and Callie. She even watched their school announcements online so she would know what was happening in their daily lives after they moved to Texas. She was a beloved GiGi.

Kay taught at Reeds Elementary School for 25 years, having retired in 2012. She had an impact on countless students. She was a favorite teacher of many, and she especially loved the students that had difficulties in learning or challenging home situations.

She was a true friend to many, maintained lifelong friendships, and enjoyed spending time with new friends in Southport. When she moved, her guest room was often filled with friends who would come visit. She treated her children’s friends as if they were part of the family. She was a bright light in many people’s lives.

Kay was a very caring person, had a great fondness for animals, and enjoyed showing her love in various ways such as buying a meal for a police officer, baking her famous blonde brownies for people in times of need, and supporting animal rescue organizations.

The family invites friends to drop in between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. on August 18th at the fellowship hall of Pinedale Christian Church in Winston-Salem, NC to share their memories and celebrate Kay’s life.

Memorial contributions in memory of Kay may be made to the charity of your choice; or in memory of Kay, please consider performing a random act of kindness in a way that she would have, such as buying a meal for a stranger, volunteering at an elementary school, supporting a family having financial difficulties around the holidays, or walking a dog at an animal shelter.

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Jane Owen

August 18, 2018

I was so saddened to hear of Kay's passing. Kay was a wonderful friend of mine through grade school and high school in Kirkwood, MO. Unfortunately, I lost touch with her after graduation. I will always remember her for her laugh and easy, friendly way. My deepest sympathy to Carrie, Jason, and family.

Jane Ziegler Owen

Libbie Link Cowan

August 10, 2018

Thinking of Carrie, Jason, and all the family. Beautiful obituary that captured Kay’s life of giving.
Our deepest condolences, Libbie and Greg Cowan

Michelle Britt

August 2, 2018

Kay was an angel that walked upon this earth. She always loved me for who I was. I first met Kay in December of 1996 I went with Carrie to her house in Welcome. On the drive Carrie and I called the UNCW phone number that released Fall grades & GPAs. Not good news for my 1st semester :) I was terrified to tell my own parents.

When we arrived she welcomed me with open arms (Kay gave hugs like no other) and I immediately spilled my woes about my academic troubles. She responded as she always did: kind, loving, non-judgmental, matter of fact and humorously. (I can see and hear her perfectly as I write this).

Later in collage, when my dog died Kay was the 1st to call and send me a card. Again, I can still hear her voice on the answering machine. Fast forward to other events and times of 'woes' for me and Kay would always, like an angel, be there in some capacity.

Her character, kindness, beauty, strength, compassion, non-judgement, understanding, and positivity truly embodied love.

I am a better person having known her and beyond grateful for the example she set.

Much Love & Light & Appreciation~

Linda Dougan

August 1, 2018

Ms. Link (Kay) was my son Pearce's second grade teacher. She was a warm, loving and caring teacher. Her students were important to her. She loved them all and only wanted the best education she could offer and she always gave her best.

We developed a strong friendships outside of the classroom. She and our family shared a love of the UNC Tar Heels. There were occasions that we would load up even on a school night and venture to Chapel Hill to see a game, getting home way after midnight ....the next day she and Pearce would laugh and talk about the game and the rides home. Discussing who went to sleep first or who slept the most. One time we took her with us to see Dean Smith give a speech. She was like a excited

She once had a dog named Shelby that loved her and she loved him back...But Shelby also loved Pearce's hat....Kay always said she needed to get the dog a UNC hat so he would leave Pearce's alone. We finally gave up and gave the dog the hat.

Long after 2nd grade and on through college and Law School, she kept up with Pearce....sending encouraging notes at each of his graduations . I knew that if I ever needed a shoulder to lean on or a shoulder to cry on, she was there. And she would do that for anyone.

Our family has lost a true friend, one that we will never forget. We love you Kay and you will be missed.

To her family: Kay was a blessing but I'm sure you already knew that, thank you for sharing her with so many

In God's house there are many mansions...and streets paved with gold....Kay will have her choice..

All our love,
Kent, Linda and Pearce

Debra Kellogg

August 1, 2018

Kay was my next door neighbor and first friend in Southport. The first time I met her we had slept on the floor do to the downpour of rain when we arrived at my new house late in the night. She came over and introduced herself saw the empty house and said why did you not ring my doorbell I have a guest room. That was Kay never knowing a stranger.

Kay was a wonderful friend with a huge heart for helping others. She made my transition to a new place where I did not know a soul a pleasure.

Her laugh, smile and quick wit was contagious. She talked of her family and how proud she was of her children, her grandchildren and her granddogs.

My heart is so very heavy as I go out the past few mornings to let Mr. Riley out when she would be out with her dog we would laugh and talk through the fence in the morning.

I have a parrot Mr. Yogi Bear who took to Kay even though she had a fear of him. He flew right over to her when I first got him and they became fast friends. She was so thrilled!

I will miss her smiling face and the waves goodbye as she left on one of her adventures. Kay you changed so many lives and will be truly missed.

Heaven gained a beautiful angel way to soon for us to say goodbye my friend.

Love and healing prayers for your family and all the friends whose lives you changed. We all feel a great loss. You will so very missed. Thanks for all the laughs and love you shared.


Debra Kellogg & Don McAlister
JoAnna & Michael Kellogg Sr.