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Kay Hynes

September 16, 1945 — January 28, 2021

Kay Hynes

Kay was born in Ft. Worth, TX on September 16th, 1945 to Dr. O.T. Christoffer and Dorothy Kelly Christoffer of Mexia, TX.  Throughout her life she inspired many and loved fiercely. She didn’t know the meaning of quitting when she had her mind set on something. And if she didn’t want to do something, you couldn’t change her mind. She endured so much heartbreak, stress and chaos but she endured with a positive and ambitious attitude. This woman taught many what it meant to unconditionally love someone whether it be a friend, stranger, her pets or her children. She stood by so many people that had given up on themselves and given up on her, unrelenting and unwavering in her dedication to loving those around her. She talked about so many people on a daily basis and was truly invested and concerned with those in her life. Her laughter and sense of humor could lift the saddest person’s spirits. When things looked down, she was always there with an optimistic outlook, encouraging you to not give up whilst demonstrating unconditional love.

Kay was an award winning musician with the Mexia High School Band, twirler, homecoming queen, mom chef, caregiver, doing it all with a big smile on her face. She championed racial equality, loved early morning coffee and had an affinity for all things nature. Her love for music was unparalleled and her fascination with Native American culture ran deep. If you gave her a choice between shopping or being in nature, anyone that knew her knows that she’d rather be 4ft deep in a hole in a pasture looking for arrowheads or baiting her hook with a shrimp fishing for trout at the coast. She was an independent spirit and yearned to be in nature, connecting with all of God’s creations.

After retiring from the Mexia State School, Kay acted on her dreams of residing in the Texas Hill Country and moved to Canyon Lake, TX in 2014 where she spent the remainder of her days here on earth. She loved getting out on the lake, picking up rocks in the Guadalupe and visiting Gruene for a bite to eat. She was an advocate for the animal shelter and loved to feed her deer in her yard which she called her babies. Kay also became a champion for the Texas State Bobcat athletic department where her daughter Shelli works. She would travel with the teams at times to cheer on the basketball and volleyball teams and always sported the Bobcat athletic wear. She always lauded the coaches, coaching staff and players as if she had known them her entire life. They loved her dearly and she loved them.

To simply say Kay will be missed is an understatement as her absence leaves a huge void in so many people’s lives. Her presence and direction was a beacon of light when the world was dark. While her family is grieving, they also grieve with everyone who knew her as our collective orbits around this force of nature have all been disrupted.

Wherever you are Kay, please look over those who are morning your loss with the Lord and welcome those coming home with open arms as you did here on earth. Heaven gained an angel and we’re thankful you’re not in pain any longer. May you be welcomed with open arms as you did for so many. Just know that we will carry your legacy of kindness, selflessness and generosity with us in our daily lives, continuing what you taught us all. Thank you for all the laughs, life lessons and unconditional love you showed all of us. It was our pleasure and we are better people because of you.

Until we see you again......

Kay is survived by daughter Shelli Sears and Katherine Quast, son Christopher Hynes, daughter-in-law Jessica Hynes, son-in-law Terry Quast, grandsons Grayson Edwards, Harrison Edwards and Lauren Cole, granddaughter Mikayla Hynes, grandsons Connor, Liam, and Aiden Hynes and Parker and Travis Quast. Brothers Perry Cowan and wife Kelly, and Robert Cowan and wife Jody.

She was preceded in death by father, Dr. O.T. Christoffer and mother, Dorothy Kelly Christoffer.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 1, 2021 in the Mexia Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be 4-6 p.m., Sunday, January 31, 2021 at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, we request donations are made in her honor to Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society, 2170 Old Sattler Rd., Canyon Lake, TX 78133 (830) 899-2527.

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