Quay Whitehead went home to her Heavenly Father July 7. She passed peacefully at hersenior living home in San Marcos from a brief cancer related illness. Quay was born Jan. 11, 1931 in Olustee, Jackson County, OK, the second of three children to Henry Millard Whitehead and Ellen Velma Smith.
Quay grew up in Olustee and married Wiley (Red) Drury. They owned and operated the Harmony Store in Harmony, OK. Quay and Red had one daughter, Rebecca, and then relocated to Jal, NM.
Quay later moved to Kermit, where she began retail with Bragg’s Ladies shop. She developed experience in sales, marketing, buying and honed her seamstress talent into fine alterations.
In 1983 she moved to Kingwood, where she began her 17 year career with Macy’s, specializing in sales of designer handbags. After retiring Quay relocated to Columbus, where she found her place in the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, at the historic 1886 Stafford Opera House office and as a host/guide in the Santa Claus Museum.
In 2008 Quay, moved to New Braunfels to be near her family. Quay was always an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Oklahoma Sooners and the San Antonio Spurs. She loved family gatherings and playing cards, dominos and especially bingo. The family will fondly remember her smile, her sense of humor, the wonderful dishes she cooked, especially cherry pies and the texture she added to our lives.
She was preceded in death by her parents Ellen Smith Whitehead and Henry Whitehead and her sister Quilla Zoe Whitehead Balderson.
She is survived by her brother Millard Whitehead of Katy; her only child, Rebecca Drury Taylor Cejka and son-in-law Gary W. Cejka of Seguin; granddaughter Tracy Taylor Rice and Stacey Rice of Katy; grandson Spencer Taylor and Victoria Taylor of Poteet, along with three great grandchildren, five step great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
A private graveside service for the family will be held at the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.
The family requests memorials in Quay’s memory be made to Columbus Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 1264, Columbus, Texas 78934 or Olustee Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 306, Olustee, Oklahoma 73560.
Online condolences may be given at www.hennekefuneralhome.com.