Kay L. Barba, 71 years of age, passed away at her home in Rootstown surrounded by her family, on Saturday, December 18, 2021, after bravely and stoically facing cancer for over two years.Kay was born in May 1950 in Warren, OH to Frank and Ruth Roviscane. Her family moved to Mantua Township where Frank built their family a home by hand after work. A lifelong Girl Scout, Kay completed a 100 mile hike in 5 days alongside her mother and Cadette Girl Scout troop. Kay graduated from Crestwood High School in 1968 and enjoyed playing clarinet in the band. She went to business school and was trained as a legal secretary. Kay then moved to Chicago for a job with the federal government. There, she met a neighbor, Fernando Gregorio “Greg” Gutierrez Barba and they were married in May 1971. Kay and Fernando “Greg” purchased her childhood home in Mantua and there they raised two daughters. Kay was a very active and present mother, volunteering at her daughters’ school, being their Girl Scout leader, and taking her daughters on adventures. She grew a large garden and made bread from wheat she ground herself. She opened her home to several exchange students including two of her brothers-in-law. She was a skilled seamstress, had a cheerful smile and was a fearless driver. She unapologetically drove an enormous Ford Club Wagon in the traffic of Mexico City when she took her daughters to live there for a year. Kay would choose a restaurant based on whether they served Pepsi. She loved daisies, cardinals, and the color purple. Kay was the most organized and responsible person. She was very wholesome and could not lie even if she tried. After raising her daughters, she worked for many years with Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) and Even Start in Ravenna. After retirement, Kay moved to Zapata, TX to care for her aging parents. She returned to OH when her grandchildren were born and enjoyed watching them grow. They will miss playing Scattergories with her. She was an excellent grandmother. Kay will be lovingly remembered by her husband Fernando “Greg” with whom she had celebrated 50 years of marriage in May. Her memory will be cherished by her daughters, Susana (John) Rogers and Anita (Keith) Francis and her grandchildren Sam and Rosa Francis. Kay spent many happy times with her extended family in the Roviscane, Altman, Brobst, Roviscanec and Gutierrez families and her lifelong friend Judie. She was Aunt Kay/Tia Kay to 39 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Paul, beloved only cousin, John Leo, sister-in-law, Susana and brother-in-law, Antonio. Kay was practical, humble, resourceful and resilient. Her daughters and grandchildren plan to honor her life by carrying on this legacy. At her request, there will be no services. Should you feel inclined and have the ability, memorial donations to Girl Scouts of North East Ohio may be made at gsneo.org/donate. The family would like to thank Hospice of the Western Reserve for the support and assistance during these last months. Arrangements are by the Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service in Mantua, where condolences and memories may be viewed at www.greenfamilyfuneralhome.com.
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