Kay Ashley Kotz

July 5, 1939 - November 25, 2022

Kay Ashley Kotz, 83, of Kountze died Friday, November 25, 2022. She was born on July 5, 1939, to Julia Roach Ashley and Gerald R. Ashley in Lufkin, Texas.

Kay graduated from Beaumont High School in 1957 and attended Lamar State College of Technology. Kay retired from Gulf States Utility Company where she worked in the building design department for many years. She was multi-talented and gifted artistically which was evident in her work and drawings. She was very energetic and full of life. She never met a stranger and had countless friends and family members who dearly loved her. Kay loved the outdoors, horses, dogs, music, dancing, beer, and being with people.

Survivors include her sister, Shirley Walton and husband, Ray; niece, Pam Wisener and husband, Tim, all of Beaumont; nephew, Dr. Ray Walton and wife, Mary Ann, of Fredericksburg; eleven great-nieces and nephews; fourteen great-great nieces and nephews; and cousin, John M. Ashley and his wife, Barbara, of Prairieville, Louisiana.

She is preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Melissa Ann Kotz.

The family would like to thank her caregivers at House of Angels in Houston, Texas, especially Sally and Kim for their loving care of Kay.

A gathering of Ms. Kotz family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m., with her funeral service at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 3, 2022, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Humane Society of Southeast Texas, 2050 Spindletop Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77705 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, Illinois 60601 or the Foundation of Southeast Texas, 700 North Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701.

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • December 3, 2022
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • December 3, 2022
  • 2:00 pm

Comments (6)

    Gary Edmisten says:

    I worked with Kay during the mid to late 70’s and into 1980 in the Building Design Dept. at Gulf States Utilities Co. She was a good friend and a very pleasant co-worker. she was a fun person to be with.

    Martha Kotz Young says:

    Mr. Edmisten, I didn’t know Kay but I would like to place her and her daughter in the family genealogy.
    By any chance did you know Melissa’s dad’s/Mr. Kotz’s first name? I can’t trace them without it.
    Thank you for any help you can give me.

    Betty Teel says:

    My friend, my neighbor for 50+ years. Kay worked hard, played hard. We had many years of fun times early in our Years in Beaumont Colony riding horses along with all the neighbors during those early Years, all the cookouts, raising our kids. Too many great memories. Kay, you will always be in our hearts 💕. Betty Teel

    Paul Bienvenu says:

    Kay, You are one of those handful of friends you see every couple of years, but the clock stood still between visits. I value your friendship over the years. You know I don’t drink beer, but will have one in your honor Saturday. Love you. Paul

    Loretta Singleton says:

    I only knew Kay for the last few years when we moved into Beaumont Colony. She lived down the road from me and we spoke on most days when I took my dog for his walks. She would walk for hours and hours everyday. She loved the blue sky on a warm beautiful day. She loved her dog. She loved and missed her daughter, after her daughter passed. She loved music , her property and her time at Gulf States. I will miss you Kay, I’m sure you are telling stories in Heaven. May you rest in Peace.

    Linda Kelley Bridges says:

    What a shock. Kay was always laughing and full of life. We had mutual friends and worked in the same building,. I got to see her often. She was a character and had people laughing around her. Kay will be missed.

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