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Myrtle (Marie) Kays

February 18, 2014

Myrtle (Marie) Kays, 83, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Feb. 12, 2014, at her home in Ackerly, Texas. Graveside services were held Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Lakeview Cemetery, Marietta, Okla., under the direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Marietta.

Mrs. Kays was born July 4, 1930, in Marietta to Virgil Otis Sharp and Willie Marie (Lewis) Sharp. She married James Franklin Kays in Marietta on March 4, 1950. Marie graduated as valedictorian from Greenville High School in Greenville, Okla. Moving to Hobbs, N.M., in 1963 with her husband and four boys, Marie was a secretary for Commonwealth Theaters, retiring in 1995. She was a member of Highland Baptist Church in Hobbs for 45 years. Mrs. Kays loved the Lord and her family very much.

Marie is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, James Virgil (Jim) and Judy Kays of Ackerly, William Homer (Bill) and Belinda Kays of Gardendale, TX, and Jerry Randall and Michelle Kays and David Neal and Chris Kays, all of Hobbs, Pamela (Pam) and Tracey Sherman (whom she loved as a daughter); 12 grandchildren, Shawna Jo (Kays) and Bobby Coleman, Michael and Melody Kays, Alisa (Kays) and Chris Riggins, Bobby and Lorrie Kays, Virgil and Ky Kays, Gary and Samantha Kays, Jonathan Kays, Holly (Kays) and Joseph Lopez and Amanda (Kays) and James Sanders; brother and sister-in-law, Deward and Mary Jo Sharp of Plano, Texas; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, James Franklin Kays, on June 12, 2001; her parents, Virgil and Willie Sharp; as well as a brother and sister-in-law, Floyd and Joyce Sharp; sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Kenneth Fomby; sister and brother-in-law, Velma and Joe Hunter and several nieces.

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