Tina M. Kays, 55, of North Grafton

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Obit Tina M. KaysNorth Grafton – Tina M. (Padavano) Kays, 55, lost her brief, yet courageous battle with cancer Friday, July 8, 2016. Tina passed away peacefully at the Holy Trinity Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Worcester, surrounded by her loving family.

Tina is survived by her husband, James; her three sons, Kyle Kays and Brett Kays of North Grafton, and Cory Kays of Ashland; her brother, Joseph Padavano and his wife Deor Baker of Virginia; her aunt, Frances Fanelli of Shrewsbury; her sister-in-law, Linda Kays and her wife Kelly Callahan of Texas; her brother-in-law, Larry Kays of Washington; sister-in-law, Carrol Peery and her husband Todd of Idaho; sister-in-law, Tracie Kays-Esher of Washington; her mother-in-law, Dorothy Porter of Washington and father-in-law, Robert Kays of Washington; cousin, Fran Lindberg and her husband George of Maine; and her many dear friends, co-workers, and family. She was predeceased by her father, Frank Padavano, and mother, Josephine (Campanale) Padavano.

Tina was born and raised in Shrewsbury. She graduated from Shrewsbury High School and attended Worcester State College. She recently moved to North Grafton.

Tina worked as a supervisor for the Toys-R-Us/Babies-R-Us in Northborough. She enjoyed working with the new mothers and soon-to-be mothers, helping and guiding them on the new phase of their lives, and enjoyed spending time with her co-workers.

Tina doted on her three boys and loved her family more than anything. She spent many years working in the retail industry with a brief stint as a technical trainer at Digital Equipment Corporation, where she met her husband. She worked many years on the overnight crew at the Christmas Tree Shop in Shrewsbury so that she would be home during the day to take care of her boys, whom she loved more than anything.

When Tina was not taking care of her boys, she enjoyed spending time at the beach, with Old Orchard Beach in Maine being one of her favorite vacation spots.

Tina could light up a room when she walked in and would do anything for a friend. She eschewed the spotlight, but would work tirelessly in the background to ensure the successful completion of which ever task she was working on. She will be missed enormously by all those that knew and loved her.

Visiting hours will be Saturday, July 23, from 9:30-11 a.m., with a brief ceremony starting at 11 a.m. at Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St. (routes 140 & 122), North Grafton.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to JHC Hospice, 629 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609.

To share a memory of Tina or leave a message of sympathy with her family, visit

www.RoneyFuneralHome.com.