Cynthia "Kathy" Key Fields
Dearly loved by all who knew her, she passed away Saturday, January 18, 2003, at home surrounded by her family after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. Kathy was born in Natchez, Mississippi on August 10, 1949, grew up in Morgan City and resided in Baton Rouge since 1970.
She was a microbiologist and chemist who worked in the laboratory at Baton Rouge General Hospital and Louisiana Reference Laboratories and had recently retired from the LSU Ag Center, where she worked as a chemist.
She is survived by her mother, Callie Hormell Key; her husband of 32 years, Gerald; and her children, Glenn Fields, and Katie Hodgin and husband Scott Hodgin. Kathy is also survived by her paternal grandmother, Mable Key; sisters, Karen Gard, Anne Venier, Donna Chustz and Amy Schnyder; brothers, Daniel Key, Scott Key, Kelly Key, and Matt Key; 19 nieces and nephews and eight great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Wayne Key. Pallbearers will be Kathy's son, Glenn Fields, her brothers, Daniel Key, Scott Key, Kelly Key, and Matt Key, and a nephew, Chris Gard. Kathy's brothers-in-law, Jim Gard, Andy Schnyder, and Brent Chustz will be honorary pallbearers.
Kathy was a 1967 graduate of Morgan City High School and an 1971 graduate, with high honors, of Southeastern Louisiana University.
Her greatest joys in life were taking care of all the people around her, the love of family, having lunch with friends, and shopping. She was a true champion of the lost cause. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. Visiting at the funeral home from noon until service at 2 p.m., Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. James Stayton, internment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. The family would like to thank Trinity Hospice, especially Auldyn and Geraldine, for their caring and help during the last weeks of Kathy's life.