Marian Kay (Patterson) Hedges
March 13, 1930 – July 13, 2020
Marian Kay Hedges, the eldest child of Marion Kelly and Imogene (Meeker) Patterson, was born in Emporia, Kansas, and died at Saint Ann’s Nursing Home, in Oklahoma City, at the age of 90. Kay attended school in Eskridge and Topeka, Kansas. She graduated from Salina Kansas High School, cum laude from Colorado Women’s College and earned BM and MM degrees from Kansas State University where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and Mu Phi Epsilon fraternity.
A lifelong educator, Kay taught Elementary Music in Phillipsburg, KS and Vocal Music in Colby, Kansas high school, prior to her marriage to Gerald Hedges in Salina, Kansas, on December 26, 1960. They moved to Oklahoma City in 1961 and Kay had a 20-plus year career in Music Education with Oklahoma City Public Schools, starting with TV instruction on KETA (Channel 13), conducting in-service workshops to teachers and making classroom visitations to elementary schools as Vocal Music Consultant. After retiring, Kay was an active member in service of the Oklahoma County Retired Educator’s Association (OCREA).
Having dedicated her life to music professionally and through faith, Kay was a member of and leader within Mu Phi Epsilon, Delta Kappa Gamma, McDowell Music Club, OKC Ladies Music Club and Nouvea Livre Book Club. She sang in the choir at All Souls Episcopal Church for 43 years and was a soloist and choir member in Canterbury Choral Society and the B’nai Israel Temple for over 20 years. She taught private voice to many students who have become fine soloist and musical leaders in their school and church choirs. A member of All Souls Episcopal church since 1973, she wrote a 25-year history for years 26-50 of the church and she and her husband were the first couple to receive the Rector’s Annual Award.
Kay was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Sharon Melko, of Cheyenne, WY and is survived by her devoted husband of 59 years, Gerry, of Oklahoma City; two loving daughters, Dia Burroughs (Don), of Wichita, KS, and Marta Hedges, of Yukon, OK; a brother, John Patterson, of Salina, KS; brothers-in-law Edward Melko, of Cheyenne, WY, John D Hedges (Clarice), of Albuquerque, NM, Dale Hedges, of Central City, NE, Wayne Hedges, of Pontiac IL, and Ned (Eola) Hedges, of Lincoln, NE; seventeen nieces and nephews and their families; and numerous other beloved relatives and friends.
Memorial services for Kay will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 23, 2020, at All Souls Episcopal Church, 6400 N Pennsylvania followed by interment in the church columbarium. Masks and social distancing practices are mandatory for all visitors. The live video of the service can be seen at http://facebook.com/allsoulsokc and will be officiated by the Reverend Graham Marsh with music by Laura van der Windt and choristers.
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Marian Kay (Patterson) Hedges
Claudia Cole- Letendre
July 22, 2020
Sending our deepest condolences to all the family for your loss.
I have been a longtime friend of Marta. I got to know her parents over the years thru their visits to Houston for holidays. They were all very close loved to cook and play games together. Kay was a lovely lady and sweet Mom. I know she will be missed by her family and all who knew her.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Gerry, Marta, Dia and Don . Also extended family at this sad time.
With Sympathy and Love
Rick and Claudia Letendre
Ned and Eola Hedges
July 18, 2020
Kay was the perfect sister-in-law, a generous hostess and a cheerful guest. We always had a great time during visits back and forth and family gatherings, filled with games and laughter.
After Kay and Jerry retired we especially had some great times traveling together to such places as Arizona, Virginia, Georgia, and South Carolina. These occasions were filled with sight seeing, and always lots of good food, bridge, and laughter. The highlight of these trips was a very special three week trip to England, where we stayed in some elegant places and toured many of the areas we had found to be our favorites on previous trips to England. We just had a wonderful time together, enjoying touring famous sites and experiencing some special musical moments during vespers or evensong at some of the great cathedrals of Great Britain.
Kay especially enjoyed playing games of all kinds; and, though she was one of the kindest and gentlest souls we have ever known, during games she was a ferocious and merciless competitor. What fun!
Kay was an extraordinarily generous person, enormously talented, always cheerful with indomitable spirit. We will all miss her.
Ned and Eola Hedges
July 17, 2020
Aunt Kay as I was introduced by her niece Kim. Aunt Kay was a lovely person and always treated me with dignity and respect , even when I was but a 16 year old . I had the privilege of being in her class at John Marshal high school, while I was dating her niece Kim, this had to be a difficult time for Kay to handle and yet she did it with courageous grace.
I know Kim and her whole family adored her and she will be missed by us all.
Rest In Peace.