Memorial Park Funeral Home & Memorial Park Cemetery

6969 East Interstate 40, Amarillo, TX


Priya Narayana Pillai

October 19, 1955September 3, 2020
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On September 3, 2020, Priya Pillai passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 11th at 2:30pm in the chapel at Memorial Park.

Priya was born to P. Saran and Krishnamma Saran in Mumbai, India on October 19, 1955. She earned a postgraduate degree in nutrition before marrying her husband, Narayana G. Pillai in 1975. They lived in England and Canada before settling in Amarillo, Texas in 1982.

An avid traveler and a voracious reader, Priya could frequently be found in the stacks of the public library searching for the latest Elizabeth George mystery or at the airport returning from her latest adventure. Family and friends will miss her abundant generosity and compassion.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Narayana G. Pillai, her daughters, Rathi and Rupa, as well as her mother Krishnamma Saran, her brother, Dr. Prem Saran, and her sister, Dr. Preethy Nayar.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Storybridge, a children’s literacy non-profit based in Amarillo, Texas.


  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, September 11, 2020


Priya Narayana Pillai

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Rajesh Purushothaman

September 16, 2020

Rajesh Purushothaman

September 16, 2020

Rajesh Purushothaman

September 16, 2020

Ramesh Menon

September 14, 2020

Priya was senior to us at school..
She was shy and quiet.

I know we moved into their house no 28 at CRL Colony once uncle Saran vacated it to move to a higher grade.
PK Thomas our Chemistry teacher just announced she was one of his best students from that batch

Condolences as
All feel she left too early

Ramesh son of K G Menon and Chandru

Maya Nair

September 11, 2020

When I first arrived in the US we were the only 2 here miles away from our family. We would make it a point to call each other every two weeks and we had such nice conversations. You were always very positive and my source for information on so many topics. I remember the 3 weeks I spent in Amarillo with you, Bumpy and Rupa. We laughed so much and had so much fun. I have never forgotten that time and will always cherish that. You have 2 sweet and wonderful daughters you can be proud of. I will miss you.

Kanchana Jayachandran

September 11, 2020

My dearest cousin Priya. I shall sorely miss our interaction. I loved to share all the events in my life specially those concerning my father, your loving maman. I had sent you pictures of him celebrating onam. Since you were prompt with your replies, I wondered why there was a silence from your end. The reason left me devastated. Love you loads dear sister

Prem Saran

September 11, 2020

Dear Priya,

As a student of religion, I believe that you have merely continued on the adventure of existence. So after the first intense shock, I began to focus on all our good memories together.

We grew up in Bombay and Cochin, with Mum and Dad--Preethy and you and I; then we went our separate ways to college. And after we got married and had children, we lived away from each other--the two of you abroad, and I in Assam.

And when I went to the US to study--at Penn and the University of California--your weekly calls to me on Sunday had one thing in common: your unfailing cheerfulness.

That indeed is your core quality...your invariable considerateness towards the people you meet and know. It certainly made you a fulsome human being!

So I remember clearly --as a person who has meditated for about forty-five years now--how centred you looked when we met at our niece's wedding in Kochi.

Bye then, I'll meet you again soon, my younger sister...okay, I'll stop sobbing now....



(Dr. Prem Saran, IAS (Retd)

Preethy Nayar

September 11, 2020

Farewell to my big sis, Priya, my friend, philosopher and guide.
You were a lot of things to a lot of people. For the Mangalasserril family you had a special place in our hearts, as the oldest girl of our generation. You set the bar high for Mangalasseril girls. We will remember you for your generosity (my girls used to call you Santa Claus), your wisdom (innate and gleaned from all the books you read) and your grace and dignity. As my big sis you always had my back, when in school in Bombay and Kochi and later when I lived in Muscat and you in Texas. Although we lived far apart I used to wait eagerly for your weekly calls. The day you called, I would have an extra spring in my step when I walked into O.R. I was fearless in knowing that you were there for me. My heart is broken and its going to be a while before it will be whole again, if at all. But I know you would have wanted me not to grieve and to be hopeful and optimistic and fearless again.
To my dear nieces Rathi and Rupa, may God give you the strength to cope with your loss and grief. Know that the entire Mangalasseril family grieves with you and we are here for you.
Pepi aka Preethy

Kathy, Ann, Becky Stockdale

September 10, 2020

A Special Note to Rupa:

Our mother Mary Lou Stockdale was your piano teacher. You were among her accomplished students. We know your loss. Our mother died in November 2018. If she were here today, she would tell you to be strong. With the love of family and friends, you will be able to get through the passing of your mother. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Anuradha Nair

September 7, 2020

My sincere condolences for your immense loss. May God help the family, get through this difficult time and ease the pain.

In prayers

Anuradha Nair


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