Obituary » Kay Francis McMiller
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August 12, 1956 – September 23, 2021
Burial Date October 1, 2021
Funeral Home J. C. Battle & Sons Funeral Home
Cemetery Spring Grove Cemetery
Church Zion Baptist Church
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Kay Francis McMiller (nee Steele) was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to the late Johnny Steele and Alma Steele. Our Heavenly Father called her home on Friday, September 24, 2021.
Kay was born and reared in the church and was known as a sweet-spirited joyful person who poured her heart and soul into the lives of many. She accepted Christ at an early age and throughout the years sang in the choir, ushered, served in Sunday School as well as on the nurse’s guild. In January 2004, she became the president of the Matrons. She served until she was unable due to illness. She led the culinary committee for the church(she was always a take charge woman), kept the kitchen sparkling clean and made sure the Communion Table and Pulpit cloths were clean as ever. Kay served wherever needed and continued her selfless devotion as a faithful member of New Life Missionary Baptist Church.
Kay’s desire to nurture and support led her to volunteer as a Candy Striper at the hospital as a teen. She graduated from Hughes High School and began her early career at Wendy’s Restaurant, where she quickly advanced to General Manager and was one of the most respected managers in the area. She retired from Wendy’s in the early 2000s and opened her successful child-care business where she touched the lives of many families until her health altered her plans.
Kay’s name is synonymous with cooking and baking. There is not a person she encountered who does not boast of her delicious, decorative desserts. She was most known for her Whipping Pound Cakes. Kay most recently utilized her skills as a jewelry designer to assist her daughter, Valencia, with her business and was really good at it.
Kay loved to travel and did so as often as she could. Her and Tony would travel yearly for their anniversary with Kay and Tony’s best friends George and Renee Russell. Actually it was George who brought Kay and Tony together many years before they married.
Kay leaves to cherish and celebrate her unwavering life of faith her devoted husband of 23 years, Anthony McMiller; 2 daughters Valencia Lynn Gooden (Tyrone) and Juwana Nicole Hall; 3 sons by marriage Terrance McMiller, Anthony McMiller, Jr. (LaTasha), and Kenneth McMiller; 3 brothers Tyrone Washington, Johnny Steele, and Sheldon Steele; 2 sisters Robin Lynn Barnett (Douglas) and Evelyn Steele; 6 grandchildren from her daughters Makaylyn Woods (Justin), Christopher Blair, Jr., Ivana Hylton, Tychera Gooden, Mariana Hall, and Dwayne Hall Jr.; 17 grandchidren from her sons-Damonte, Kyaile, David, Kaziaha, Noha, Elijah, Joshua, Jamonte, Ken’Yiah, Lillian, Angel, Omar, Marc, Mia, Lebron, and Jauanna and Jadon. 3 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
A special family bond is extended to Evanda Steele, who was esteemed as Kay’s adopted daughter. Kay also raised and loved Elijah Steele, Ariel Steele and Anylah Holmes as her own grandchildren.
Valencia and Juwana have two best friends who are very special, adopted-like daughters, Nota Brown and Ayana Lee who Kay welcomed into her life with open arms. As well as the many additional friends, and daycare parents who have given and received love from our mother over the years; Thank you for your continued loving support.
Poem for Obituary
Life is but a stopping place, a pause in what’s to be
A resting place along the road, to sweet eternity.
We all have different journeys, different paths along the way
We all were meant to learn some things, but never meant to stay.
Our destination is a place, far greater than we know
For some, the journey’s quicker, for some the journey’s slow
And when the journey finally ends, we’ll claim a great reward
And find an everlasting peace, together with the Lord.