Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home & Hillcrest Mausoleum & Memorial Park
7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX
Kay Wright Parsons
January 28, 1935 – May 17, 2019
Parsons, Kay Dianne Wright, Born January 28, 1935, died May 17, 2019, survived by her son, James, daughter-in-law Kathy, and grandchildren Charley, Kate and Mary. She will be laid to rest next to her husband of 54 years, Earl Parsons, and her parents Truman and James Ralph Wright, at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Kay was a Dallas native and a lifetime Baptist. She graduated from Highland Park High School, earned a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a MA in English Literature from Southern Methodist University. She was a lifetime member of the alumni associations of the University of Texas and Highland Park High School, and of MENSA, Ltd.
Kay taught English literature at El Centro College and Dallas Baptist University, specializing in American and Romantic Poetry, and loved to tell stories of the students she mentored.
She was an original board member of the Geometricmadi Art Museum, serving for 8 years. She was a long time member of the Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera, Kimbell Art Museum, Ft. Worth Museum of Modern Art, the Amon Carter Museum and the Meadows Symphony Orchestra of Southern Methodist University.
She contributed to the children at St. Joseph’s Indian School, Chamberlain, SD, with joy throughout her life and to the Billy Graham Association.
- Graveside Service Monday, May 20, 2019
Kay Wright Parsons
May 22, 2019
Once, returning from a wonderful trip to Branson with our husbands, Kay and I were singing along with a James Taylor album. When he began singing the song Fire and Rain, Kay turned it off, explaining that the line “But I always thought that I’d see you again” made her sad. In recent years, Kay and I weren't able to be together as often as we'd have liked, but I always thought I'd see her again. I’ll miss Kay, my loyal, loving friend, who was so smart, so witty and so much fun to be with.
May 18, 2019
One memory we spent the night with Grandmother Wright (Mama)....it was fun to have three giggling girls trying not to go to sleep Before we went to sleep, Mama would scrape an apple. She was known for this feat. She would cut an apple in half and scrape it out...it was so good and the best part was we thought it was dangerous. Mama would scrape the pulp out of the apple with a knife and let us eat it off of the knife! It really wasn't dangerous as mama would be sure to hold the knife just so so and would make a barrier with her finger. We thought that was just wonderful. Some times we would take turns sitting in her lap..sometimes we would just stand around her like 3 little birds in a nest waiting for the mother bird to feed them. A pleasant memory.
On beautiful sunny Sundays, sometimes our families would gather at Fair Park. Especially if we had company from out of town or our Uncle Rayburn Wright who was in army and whom the three of us loved a lot. We would see the sights but most of the time we just played in the open and took pictures. We all wanted to have our pictures taken with our "hero". Kay probably wore her patriotic clothes....I can remember that she had some.
My memories are not just of Kay when we were little. Kay and I were cousins but we were friends too. We had a lot of fun together. Our husbands, Bryant and Earl, were good friends,so after going to different places to eat, we would go to one of our homes and we had such fun....eating desserts and the talking. There was one thing we did well, and that was talking. We would go into another room and there we discussed world affairs, our friends, what we would do next. We both loved the Wright family and our Native American history. The one thing I loved about Kay was her laugh....she and I
would laugh so much.(especially about her shoe collection). I will miss my cousin Kay.....and I will miss hearing her wonderful laugh!