Kaye is a native Clevelander. She was educated within the Cleveland Public School District. She attended Cuyahoga Community College and is currently matriculating through her undergraduate studies where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Liberty University; the largest Christian University in the world.
She has held her credentials as Funeral Director from the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors since 1992. Widowed since 1991, she is the proud mother of two, Tyrone and Tasmine Evans. She is Grandmere to Shatya and Charleston.
She is fondly and affectionately known as the “Diva” of the funeral industry. Kaye is looked upon as the trend setter among her peers within the industry. The Gaines Funeral Home is family owned and operated, established since 1972. Kaye is the second generation, serving as the Chief Executive Officer.
Under her leadership, the dream and vision of her parents to have a second location was accomplished on the birthday of the late Mrs. Rosa Gaines in December of 2015. Only after surmounting tremendous obstacles that seemed to be endless; when asked how she made it through Kaye simply replied “God is Able”. She is a pillar of the community and works diligently to serve her families during the loss of their loved ones, while gently guiding them to the process of healing. The Ohio Funeral Directors Association will acknowledge with an award, Kaye's 25 years of service as a licensed Funeral Director, May 17, 2017. This is an amazing milestone in her career, that demonstrates her commitment to her community. This is truly the ministry she has been called too. Her memberships of good standing include the following:
African American Funeral Directors Association of Cleveland.
Embalmers Association of Cleveland.
National Funeral Directors Association.
Ohio Funeral Directors Association.
The Academy for Funeral Service Practitioner.
A Life member status of the National Council for Negro Women.
The National Association of Professional Women awarded her the standard of excellence and professionalism within her industry. She was the 2016 recipient of Jae the “Gospelkidd 1st Annual Scholarship Fund Award.”
Her latest membership was extended to her in 2015 when she was invited to the Board of Directors for the Women of Royalty Outreach Ministries. She had been observed in her role as a Servant-Leader in her community for the past 7 years.
It was her immense love for God that was apparent and paramount, she possessed the heart of a servant, loyal, committed, caring, compassionate, and her high level of integrity made her an excellent candidate. Her extraordinary service as a board member, secured her recent appointment to the post of Madame State Ambassador of Ohio. She was officially installed November 12, 2016.
Her passion to mentor young ladies along with her vision is to open a school where cost will not affect the attendance of any young lady desiring to enter. Etiquette, Self-esteem, reinforcing academic success through education, overall character building components and modeling are just a few of the areas her ladies are exposed too. She is currently in the process of launching “The Esther’s of Tomorrow” under the umbrella of the Women of Royalty Outreach Ministries.
She currently has 6 students enrolled. The miracle of watching them blossom into beautiful young ladies is happening right before her eyes. To God be the Glory!