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Alice Kay Shomate
  • October 30, 1951
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  • July 12, 2017

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Alice “Kay” Shomate, age 65, of Ormond Beach passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017.  She was a graduate of Mainland High School in 1969 and received her B.A. degree from Warner Southern College, in 1997 and her M.A. degree from University of Phoenix in 2004.  In her personal life, Kay loved crafting and received many awards for her artistic talents including being selected by the Florida crafters guild to have an ornament displayed on the 1993 Clinton’s White House Blue Room Christmas tree.  Kay’s artistic talents were many, and she was an extremely accomplished potter, paper maker, cake decorator, floral designer, and seamstress. She was an avid reader and scholar and beloved mother, sister and friend to her colleagues.  In the community, Kay served as President of the Trails HOA for 2 years. During her professional career she worked at Daytona College in the Library department and more recently at Embry-Riddle University in the online division.  She is survived by her mother Patricia Edgar; sister Rebecca “Susan” Hockenberry; and daughter Suzanne Shomate. A celebration of life service will be held at The Casements: 25 Riverside Dr, Ormond Beach, FL 32176 on Saturday July 22, 2017. Celebration of life service to be held at 6:00 p.m. The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and support provided by Embry-Riddle University and its staff.


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  1. Instructor Hatshepsitu Tull says:
    27 Jul 2017
    I was sad to hear about Kay's passing. I only communicated with her via email about my math classes. She was always helpful and pleasant. My deepest condolences to her family.

  2. Dr Tim Collins says:
    23 Jul 2017
    I had the joy and pleasure of working with Kay her entire time with the online divisions. As a Worldwide faculty member, I never felt "disconnected" with ERAU because Kay was always there for me! I am saddened to hear of our loss ... her impact will be missed. ut illa requiem in pacem.

  3. Mary Truesdell says:
    21 Jul 2017
    There didn't seem to be a semester go by I didn't have some reason to call on Kay. Always a pleasure to contact as you always new something was handled efficiently and effectively. Never met her but certainly in contact with her and enjoyed working with her.

  4. Marjorie A Turner says:
    21 Jul 2017
    Kay (Alice) was one of the first people that I knew when I began teaching online. Through these ten years, Kay has offered me many kind words and much guidance. In recent years, she became my go-to person.

    Kay and I were in touch (by email) several times this spring and her death came as a shock. I count her as a long-time, on-line friend and I will miss her very much.

    Rest in peace, Kay.

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    21 Jul 2017
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  6. Eugenia Stefanescu lit a candle:
    21 Jul 2017
    Lit since July 21, 2017 at 7:33:27 AM

  7. Eugenia Stefanescu says:
    21 Jul 2017
    Kay was kind and supportive; her valuable aid has constantly raised the quality of my online teaching ever since I was appointed adjunct assistant professor for Embry-Riddle University. She will be missed. My deepest condolences to her family at this time of great sorrow.

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    20 Jul 2017
    Lit since July 20, 2017 at 7:42:15 AM

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    20 Jul 2017
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  10. Katheleene Bryan says:
    19 Jul 2017
    Kay was a valued colleague, a dear friend, and the sister I never had. My deepest sympathy to her family for their loss.

  11. Dr. Cheryl B. Davids says:
    19 Jul 2017
    Kay was a kind and compassionate colleague.

    She worked diligently with me to transition from face-to-face instruction at ERAU-Shaw AFB in Sumter, SC. One of the nicest complements she afforded me was to serve as an example of online teaching in the Ten Year Reaffirmation SACSCOC visit. Kay was one that would follow policy with kindness. She certainly demonstrated servant leadership.

    When I lost both of my parents within a 16 month period of time, she was understanding when I needed to take time away from instruction.

    Kay will be greatly missed. My family will continue to pray for your family during this time of change.

  12. Alan Bender lit a candle:
    19 Jul 2017
    Lit since July 19, 2017 at 7:36:28 PM

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    19 Jul 2017
    Lit since July 19, 2017 at 7:33:26 PM

  14. Gladys E Young MD Col USAF CFS(ret) lit a candle:
    19 Jul 2017
    Lit since July 19, 2017 at 7:22:04 PM

  15. Margaret Overbey says:
    19 Jul 2017
    My deepest sympathies for your loss. Kay was a delight to know and work with. She was so talented and creative.

  16. Janice Pereti says:
    19 Jul 2017
    I am so sorry for the loss of Kay ....my thoughts and prayers go to her family at this difficult time.

  17. Lisa Whitaker lit a candle:
    19 Jul 2017
    Lit since July 19, 2017 at 7:21:49 AM

  18. Katie Wicker says:
    19 Jul 2017
    Kay was so helpful and patient with the online classes, and she will surely be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family during this difficult time.

  19. David Pinto, PhD lit a candle:
    19 Jul 2017
    Lit since July 19, 2017 at 7:54:03 AM

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    19 Jul 2017
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  21. Guillermo Coll, Madrid-Spain says:
    19 Jul 2017
    My condolences to Kay Shomate's family in these sad moments. I did not jave the honor to meet her in person, but she helped me a lot as quality manager in my online courses. May she rest in peace.

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  23. Keith C. says:
    19 Jul 2017
    Kay, you will be missed. We never met face-to-face, but you helped me out when I first started my online teaching career. I was lost for my first few months, and you were always there when I had questions. You often helped make difficult situations better by making sure I knew who to contact and where I needed to go for help. Thank you for everything you did, and I will always remember your helpful spirit.

  24. Becky Myers lit a candle:
    19 Jul 2017
    Lit since July 19, 2017 at 7:16:56 AM

  25. Kimberly Jordan says:
    18 Jul 2017
    Kay will be greatly missed. She was my go to person when I had a need, and she was always so positive and helpful. My heart is heavy at the news of her loss, and my deepest thoughts and prayers are with you all as you grieve her loss.

  26. Anilkumar Gangadharan says:
    18 Jul 2017
    Kay was the first person to give me directions when I started teaching online courses about six years back. She was very helpful and was very prompt in replying to my emails. I feel so sorry in hearing about her loss. May God give her a peaceful eternal rest and the family the strength to bear the great pain.

  27. Donna Wall says:
    18 Jul 2017
    Thank you for letting us share a story about Kay.

    Kay was the one for years that helped me anytime I had a question and would help me anytime I needed it. She was truly there for me and my students anytime I needed her. She will be greatly missed.

  28. Suzanne Remedies, PhD says:
    18 Jul 2017
    Kay was so incredibly supportive, and kind. She will truly be missed.

  29. Roxanne Austin says:
    18 Jul 2017
    Kay,
    I will miss your help and uplifting spirit. God hold you and love you until we meet again.

    Kay was my quality manager for many years. She always had something positive to say and always encouraged me and my online adjuncts. She will be sorely missed.

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    18 Jul 2017
    Lit since July 18, 2017 at 7:51:32 PM

  31. Roxanne Austin lit a candle:
    18 Jul 2017
    Lit since July 18, 2017 at 7:49:43 PM

  32. Jeanne Poray says:
    18 Jul 2017
    It was a pleasure working with Kay! She strived for excellence in our courses to provide ERAU students with a quality education. She will be sorely missed! Rest in Peace, Kay.

  33. Jeanne Poray lit a candle:
    18 Jul 2017
    Lit since July 18, 2017 at 7:53:18 PM

  34. Cinda says:
    18 Jul 2017
    Kay was an incredibly thoughtful and kindhearted person. She always lived to give our girls gifts and we still use and enjoy those thoughtful gifts to this day. We will miss her dearly! The Ebners - Cinda, Andreas, Emily & Allison

  35. Cinda posted an image:
    18 Jul 2017
    This is Emily with a blanket and basket Kay gave her. We still love both!
    This is Emily with a blanket and basket Kay gave her. We still love both!

  36. Rhodella Brown says:
    18 Jul 2017
    To Kay's family members and friends. My heart is in grief knowing that Kay has passed away. I worked with her at Daytona State College. Before my retirement, she encouraged me to teach online math courses at ERAU and her advice was well appreciated. She was always ready to lend a helping hand and the Friday Night Gals will miss her greatly.

  37. Rhodella Brown lit a candle:
    18 Jul 2017
    Lit since July 18, 2017 at 7:40:30 PM

  38. Sonya McMullen, Ph.D. says:
    18 Jul 2017
    Kay was a wonderful colleague and friend. I am privileged to have known her.

  39. Suzette Mosley, Ph.D. says:
    18 Jul 2017
    I was heartbroken when I found out that Kay had passed away. I don’t know too many of the faculty because I am an Assistant Adjunct Professor, but I knew Kay well. She helped me on numerous occasions with class schedules. She was always extremely kind, patient, and thoughtful. She will be truly missed by everyone at Embry-Riddle. My thoughts and prayers goes out to her family.

  40. John Griffith, Ph.D. says:
    18 Jul 2017
    Kay will be missed by so many of us who were fortunate enough to work with her at Embry-Riddle. She was always kind and professional. We all benefited from her positive attitude. She will be missed greatly by the Math, Physical and Life Sciences faculty. Her family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  41. John Griffith, Ph.D. says:
    18 Jul 2017
    Kay will be missed by so many people. Her positive outlook on life was appreciated by anyone who got the opportunity to work with her. I think her kindness and professionalism helped more people than she realized. Her family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  42. Beverly Wood, Ph.D. says:
    18 Jul 2017
    Kay will be sorely missed by the mathematics faculty! Her cheerful determination to do the right thing will be the memory that I will treasure.

  43. Sherry Rossiter, Ph.D. says:
    18 Jul 2017
    My sincere sympathy to Kay's family at this difficult time. Kay was my "quality manager" for many years at Embry-Riddle Worldwide and she did her job extremely well. She will be greatly missed by many.

  44. Peg Hardman, PhD says:
    18 Jul 2017
    Kay, you'll always be the face of ERAU. I cannot believe you won't be there to run to, to offer support, help, a smile, a "hang in there." Your kind spirit soars free while we keep you with us through memories and your wonderful creations. Thank you for being you, Kay.

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