Kay Lynn Posey
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My name is Kay Lynn Posey and if you're reading this it means that my earthly journey has ended (June 23, 2018) and I've been called home to be with Jesus.
I was born October 7, 1954 to my sailor daddy, Charles Edwin Brookhouser, and my nurse mama, Mary Ann Brookhouser. Knowing they are welcoming me into my heavenly home just as they did on earth brings me a calming peace and joyful heart.
I was also blessed with my Posey parents (Carolyn and Lee) whom I loved dearly. They always treated me like a daughter. Mom and I are together again now and we will be ready to welcome Dad when it's his time. Stuart, even though we weren't always married, we were always friends. Thank you for taking such good care of me after I got sick. I will always love you.
I'm the oldest of four siblings, and their spouses have been my sisters and brother as much as my own: Charles Edwin Brookhouser Jr. (Bay City Cindy) , Eric Scott Brookhouser (Cindy), and Jo Beth Boyer (Joel). I'm glad that I'm the first one to go to the other side; it seems appropriate given I was the first one born of them on earth. And now I can still be the boss, sorry Brothers and Sister.
I think it's hardest to leave my beautiful daughter, Rachel Lynn. Rachel and I grew up together. We experienced a lot of love and endured a lot of loss together. Rachel gave me three precious grandchildren: Sage Ashton, Ava Lauren, and Roman Luke. I also had the blessing of going home to heaven as a great-grandmother to the adorable Ashton Thomas. My heart is full. Rachel, you are brave and strong...I am your mama after all...so just be who you are and do what we do, and I know you'll get through this just like we got through everything else. I'll be waiting for you, baby. My love will reach you wherever we are for all of time.
Between my siblings and my Posey family I have 13 nieces and nephews that have meant the world to me and whom I have immensely loved: Katie and Clint; Sherri, Bubba, Joshua, Indiah, and Sierra; Hannah, Lizzy, Natalie, and Joel Andrew; Jennifer and Brandi. And even though I loved all of their spouses, I want to mention Aaron because he always did so much for me and I'm so grateful to him for how kindly he treated me. These treasures of mine brought an additional 21 baby nieces and nephews into our family. I have lived a rich life.
I have another family that I want to mention: The Victoria County District Attorney's Office and the Victoria County Judge's office. George Filley and his family were always very dear to my heart, and so many more people that I cannot possibly name them all, but you know who you are. The men and women I worked with for over 30 years in these two offices were more than coworkers, they were my best friends. We don't live to work, we work to live, and living life with them was a blessing I will take with me.
To all my loved ones, do not grieve for me. My life was full and I have no regrets. Think of me in my favorite places doing my favorite things: camping in the Gila Wilderness and Lake Tahoe, exploring the breathtaking vastness of the Badlands, collecting artifacts and fossil rocks. Even in my death, I am blessed because we are all meant to leave this world and anyone who knows me knows that I'm a planner (and a teeny-tiny bit of a control freak). I'm thankful that I had the chance to know ahead of time and attend to the details of my departure. It filled my days with projects and gave me purpose until the very end.
Per my wishes, I do not want a funeral or memorial service. Instead I ask that you have a toast (or two) in my name. Tell another a funny story or memory of me. And since I didn't get to make it to Costa Rica after retirement like I planned (see, I told you, I'm a planner), if you ever find yourself down there, drink a cold beer for me and find yourself a cool rock to take back home.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The families of the pediatric cancer patients never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing, or food. This is very dear to my heart.
Until we meet again...
Peace and Love,