Friends and family are remembering Kay Mardis as one of the kindest people they’ve ever known or met.

Mardis, 71, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Cullman Regional Medical Center after a lengthy battle with COVID-19.

Mardis was a longtime home economics teacher at Arab High School and a lifetime member of Arab First Baptist Church. Her late husband, Mike, also was a long-time teacher in Arab.

The family held a private service Saturday at Arab First Baptist Church. She was buried at Arab Memorial Cemetery.

Many prayer chains with hundreds (if not more) of followers were started on social media when Mardis got sick several weeks ago.

She had been hospitalized at Marshall Medical Center North before being moved to Cullman Regional shortly before her death.

The following are just some of the comments made my friends, family and co-workers following her death.

• Catherine Reed

I am heartbroken that Kay will not be here with us. I know she is in a better place.

Her parents, Tut and Roberta, played bridge with my parents every Saturday night, so my sister and I were with Kay and (her brother) Billy when we were young.

Kay and I taught home economics until I retired. She was such a good person. She always was in a good mood and had a smile on her face.

While I was fighting an illness, Kay was so good to bring food to my house. She was like family to me.

I will always remember what a good friend she was to me.

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