Kay Shapiro

Kay Baim Shapiro

June 17, 1933 - June 10, 2021
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Kay Baim Shapiro, age 87, passed away on June 10, 2021 at her home in Pine Bluff, AR.

Born Helene Kay Baim June 17, 1933 in Muskogee, OK, she was the daughter of the late B. Bennie and Norma Cohen Baim.

She graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1951 and went on to attend the University of Oklahoma.
After meeting on a blind date in Dallas, Kay married David Shapiro June 21st, 1959, at the Pines Hotel in downtown Pine Bluff. They were married 61 years until he preceded her in death (October 21st, 2020).

Kay helped run her family business, Baim’s Department Store, which was a staple on Main Street in Pine Bluff from 1906-1994.

Survivors include: sons Jeff of Ruston, LA, Greg (Marla) of White Hall, and daughter Renee (Brandon Mills) of Little Rock. Grandchildren are Brandon Shapiro of Bossier City, LA, Gavin Shapiro of White Hall, and Mason Rush (Abigale) of White Hall. Her great grandson is Grayson Rush.

Kay volunteered much of her time to community and civic organizations including Temple Anshe Emeth, the American Red Cross, Central AR Legal Services, the Junior League of Pine Bluff, Friends of the Library, League of Women Voters, PTA, planning reunions for PBHS class of 1951, and knitting bears with the women’s group at the Hazel Street Church of Christ. She enjoyed playing mahjong and bunko.

The family wants to give special thanks to friends and caregivers Debbie Smith, Hirut Weldesemayat, Delois Battles, and Margaret Robinson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Pine Bluff Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The family will have a private burial in the Jewish Cemetery.

Arrangements by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors (online register:
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Dick and Karen Deviney

Posted at 03:55pm
Jeff, Renee and Greg, we are so deeply sorry for your loss. We will remember your families in our prayers, Dick and I moved to Pine Bluff in 1977 and we purchased a house on Archers Green. Kay was right there first in like to welcome us to the circle. We used to close off the street and have the best ever cook outs. Kay and David were right there. We enjoyed getting to know you three and your parents over the years, I remember Kay from many of the causes in town. And your Father from our shopping trips to Baim's. Any time there was a need for the city or the schools, Kay was in the middle giving her time and many talents. Time passes us way too fast. Those memories on Archers Green I hold close. They are very special.

Linda Rauls

Posted at 03:33pm
Our sincerest condolences to the Family. Jackie and Linda Rauls

Meleah Arnold

Posted at 04:35pm
Dear Renee, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Meleah Taylor Arnold

Emily Ruth Watson

Posted at 09:09am
God Bless Kay's Memory, She Was A Dear Friend, Love Emily Ruth Watson

Gail Bubbus Spadoni

Posted at 06:02pm
I loved to buy lingerie from Mrs. Shapiro, who always wrapped in the unique glossy slender white department store boxes layered in tissue paper of course, just like Macy's in New York. Always attractive and so friendly, an appreciated business owner in Pine Bluff, an era now gone. Kindest rememberances Gail Bubbus Spadoni Bryant Ar

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