Jean Fresh Kay

Jean Fresh Kay

July 24, 1935 ~ June 12, 2020


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Jean Fresh Kay, age 84, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away June 12, 2020.

She was born in Kissimmee, FL and moved to Miami in 1939, then Vero Beach in 1980.

Jean was a graduate of the University of Miami. She was a second grade teacher at St. Thomas Episcopal School for 14 years in Miami then worked for the State of Florida Corrections as a probation officer for 25 years.

Once retired, she joined The Vero Beach Bridge Center where she served as a Director and was an avid bridge player, becoming a Life Master. She will miss the VBBC and her favorite Casino’s!

She was predeceased by her mother and father, Christine and Logan Fresh who ran Fresh’s Orchids and Roses in Miami for 30 years and her son-in-law William P. Stewart. Jean is survived by her daughter Barbara K. Stewart, son Peter Michael Kay both of Vero Beach; 2 grandchildren, Corey and Pam Kay of Orlando, Fl.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VBBC 1520 14th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960, Halo Rescue, 710 Jackson Street, Sebastian, FL 32958 and the Tunnel to Towers, 2361 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10306.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach.


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Kathi DeGroat - Former Co Worker

June 18, 2020, 10:12 pm

Worked with Jean for many years in the Department of Corrections. She had a heart of gold. She was right there bringing food to my house when my Dad passed away and hand made the most beautiful blanket when my son was born. In fact, I saved it and have used it to wrap my grandson in. She was so proud of Barbara and Mike and of course, the sun rose and set on Corey and Pam. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Cathy Buzzolani - friend and coworker

June 21, 2020, 2:30 pm

I moved to Florida and started with the Department of Corrections when I graduated college. Jean took me under her wing and showed me around Vero Beach. I had many dinners at her home and she taught me to cross stitch which I still do to this day. My sympathies to Barbara, Mike and her grandchildren. She was an amazing woman and I am glad she was in my life as a coworker and friend.

Mike Kyne - Family friend

June 21, 2020, 8:54 pm

May God be with you. You have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and such a great lady and dear friend. Lots of good memories and yes you had the best key lime tree in Vero Beach. Love you Jean Fresh Kay. You will be missed by all.

Lisa Savage - Friend and Co-worker

June 22, 2020, 3:09 pm

Worked with Jean at DOC, did many a craft night and dinner at her house, along with her teaching me the fine art of antiquing (actually how to talk the price down with the seller)! She made a tough job enjoyable when she was part of the team. I can’t begin to count how many good memories I will keep with me, because of having had Jean as a friend. You never knew what she would do or say next, and that is why she was everyone’s favorite at work. I hope she will be upstairs, doing the same, and keeping everybody on their toes. I’m truly so glad to have had her pass through my life.

Susan Burns - Family friend

June 22, 2020, 5:26 pm

Dear Barbara and Mike – Your Mom was so special to me and I would enjoy my visits with her whenever I came to Vero. You two were my first baby sitting job back in 1967 when our Moms played bridge on Wednesday nights. The Kay/Hall/Ware “family” vacations to Key West and Sanibel Island will always hold a special place in my heart. I know Jean is probably setting up bridge tables in heaven, waiting for the rest of the group to join her someday!

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