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Kay Boyles

October 5, 1941 — January 17, 2024

Gatesville

Kay Boyles

Delores Kay Boyles, known to all as Kay, passed from this earth into the arms of our Savior on Wednesday, January 17th, 2024. She was born on October 5th, 1941 to M.D. “Jiggs” and Doreen Turner in Borger, Texas. Jiggs and Doreen raised Kay and her sister, LaJauna, in church where Kay met the love of her life. While Frank and Kay did not attend the same high school, their relationship grew and a romance blossomed. Frank and Kay began their lives together on September 7th, 1962 in Borger, TX, but they didn’t stay there long. The Boyles family lived in several places: Gallup, NM, Dodge City, KS, Las Cruces, NM, Santa Fe, NM, back to Gallup, NM, Abilene, TX, and finally Gatesville, TX.

Everywhere they lived, they would get involved in the local church. Kay would share her talents by playing the organ and piano. Kay, a talented seamstress, was known for her ability to alter or mend anything, create her own patterns, and frequently made clothes for her family. She was consulted to design and create cheerleading uniforms for the cheer squads at New Mexico State University while living in Las Cruces. She could and would out shop everyone and organize anything. She also enjoyed crocheting “by ear” (as she would say), frequently creating gifts for members of her local Bible study like bowl koozies, crocheted scrubbers, and baby blankets (with no two being alike). Everything she crafted was “Made with Love by Gram,” or “by Kay” to those not blessed to be a part of her immediate family.

Kay provided for her family by wearing many hats throughout her life: by raising her children, DeVona, Donita, and Dean; by being a businesswoman and running a laundromat in Gallup, NM; by bettering herself and earning a bachelor’s degree; ALL while supporting and assisting her mate of 61 years in his endeavors. She studied at the University of New Mexico and West Texas University to earn her degree and become a Medical Technician. She worked as a phlebotomist and MedTech in Gallup, NM, Port Sulphur, LA and Abilene, TX until she retired to be “Gram” full-time.  Gram loved to love on her family, which she did at every opportunity. She would be there to support her kids and grandkids, no matter how big or small the event. Whether it was a home remodel project, ball game, band concert or a boy scout ceremony - she and Frank would be there, no questions asked. Kay loved to explore and frequently dragged Frank on adventures away from the ranch and Abilene, documenting every step (and meal) along the way. Whether it was an Alaskan cruise, the Australian Outback, the Hawaiian Islands, the Badlands of the Dakotas, or the Windy City, Kay played hard and worked harder—an important lesson she shared with her children.

She has rejoined her parents, Jiggs and Doreen Turner and brother-in-law, Jesse Perkins in Heaven. She is survived by best friend and husband, Frank Boyles of Gatesville, TX, her sister LaJauna Perkins of Amarillo, TX, and her sisters-in-law Lillie Turner of Fritch, TX and Glenda (Harold) Hathaway of Borger, TX. Her pride and joy: her children, DeVona (Ricky) Davis of Albany, TX, Donita (Larry) Crocker of Boerne, TX, and Dean (Kelli) Boyles of Hutto, TX; her loving grandkids, Lydia (Chris) Goodloe of Cibolo, TX, Larissa (Tim) Baker of Bloomfield, NJ, Caleb Sprang of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, Corey Don Sprang of Boerne, TX, Maleri Boyles of Temple, TX, Alex Boyles of Temple, TX, and Natali Boyles of Hutto, TX; her sweet great-grands: Amelia and Carter Goodloe, and Lilyana Baker. Her dear friend who became her chosen family, Mollie (Lyle) Robinson and their children. Her loving family misses her dearly and remembers her fondly.

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