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Parkway Funeral Home & Parkway Memorial Cemetery

1161 Highland Colony Pkwy, Ridgeland, MS

OBITUARY

Karen Hurt Wing

December 10, 1952September 6, 2019
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Karen Hurt Wing, 66, passed away Friday, September 6, 2019, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, MS. She was born in Mobile, AL, on December 10, 1952, to Howard and Yvette Hurt. Growing up, she was an accomplished dancer and enjoyed spending summers at her grandparents’ home in Louisville, MS. She attended Ben C. Rain high school in Mobile where she was a Feature Twirler with the marching band. Karen graduated from Mississippi State University in 1976 with a degree in art and graphic design. She was Head Majorette for the Famous Maroon Band and a member of the Clarinet Choir woodwind ensemble. She also was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

Karen spent most of her career as Art Director at Mississippi Public Broadcasting. In her 30 plus years in public broadcasting, Karen worked on feature, news, and magazine programs, as well as documentaries. Her greatest contribution, however, was through her work on instructional programs for the children of Mississippi. From her set and puppet designs, to her graphics and animation, Karen brought learning to life for generations of families throughout our state and beyond. The contributions she has made toward improving literacy, geography, science skills and more, brought her the greatest gratification as well as garnering numerous national awards. She earned her first national EMMY award in 1999 for “Ticktock Minutes,” a series of musical public service announcements designed to teach healthy habits to children. Karen retired from MPB in 2016 but always remained a staunch advocate for public broadcasting and specifically, children’s educational television. She was dedicated to her craft and was proud to be a part of Mississippi Public Broadcasting where she made a lasting contribution to children’s television.

Karen loved nothing more than being with her children and cheering them on in whatever sport they chose. She taught them to think for themselves and stand up for their beliefs. She embodied strength through adversity while battling chronic disease with grace. Karen was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. Those who met Karen couldn't help but be touched by her captivating smile, genuine warmth, engaging personality and giving heart. To her friends, she was loyal and accepting without fail. Karen was known for and defined by her unparalleled adoration for her family. She will be forever missed by those whom she loved and those whose lives were enriched by her love. She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband of 32 years, Kenneth J. Wing. She is survived by her daughter, Caitlin (Allen); and son, Corey, both of Madison, MS; her brother, James Carr Hurt (Sue) of Mobile, AL; and a large extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws that loved her dearly.

All services will be held at Parkway Funeral Home 1161 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, MS on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Visitations will be held from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, with interment to immediately follow.

Memorials may be made through the Mississippi State University Foundation and designated for the Famous Maroon Band. Commitments may be made online at www.msufoundation.com or checks payable to the MSU Foundation Inc. may be mailed to P. O. Box 6149, Mississippi State, MS 39762. Please indicate Famous Maroon Band as the designation.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Bill Grothe
  • Chris Ford
  • Doug Devidal
  • Doyle Kennedy
  • Len Stanga
  • Stanley Graham
  • Diane Hartman, Honorary
  • Ian McAdams, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 14, 2019

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Maureen Nichols

September 14, 2019

Karen and I were friends at school and church. When the band went to competition my senior year, the director called for an on-the-spot challenge to see who would play first chair clarinet during our performance. Karen had beaten me in a challenge a short time prior to competition. I won the challenge that day and took over first chair again. To this day I don't know why the director called for a challenge. Perhaps he knew I would desire that spot during my senior year, and Karen still had another whole year to be first when I graduated. It's a special memory for me. And she was so understanding about it. I see from her obituary that Karen went on to accomplish many fine things. She was very talented in many ways. I was blessed to have known her. Was her brother much older or younger? I don't recall knowing him. Maureen O'Connor Nichols

Christy Chamblee

September 14, 2019

Dear Caitlin and Cory,
Thinking of you and your family! I loved working with your mom during my time in the art department at MPB. She was a ray of sunshine, and when there was a last minute deadline, she would stay late to help work on the project together. While we worked hard, we always had a good time working in the art department. Karen was an angel and a giver. I love Karen will miss her dearly.

Peter Zapletal

September 14, 2019

With Karen, only the best was good enough. She made us all better than we really were. Working with her was not work but a joy. And I don't think there was a person who did not love her. Those kind of people are very rare. Thank you, Karen, being part of my life.

Ronda Webb

September 14, 2019

Karen showed love and loyalty to her family and friends....She will be missed, but we celebrate her wonderful life and promised eternity! Ronda and Culpepper Webb

Johnny Peters

September 14, 2019

Dear Caitlin and Cory,
I am very sorry for your loss. Your mother is my first cousin, sorry I am not attending her service, we just found out about Karen. She was the best of the bunch and we come from a large family. If you don’t know your mother had/has six uncles and three aunts and I can’t count the number of cousins. We loved Karen, she was someone you wanted to be around. I enjoyed pointing her out to my friends when she was twirling for the Famous Maroon Band. I kept up with your mom through mutual friends, hadn’t heard from her in a while and wasn’t aware of her illness. God Bless Karen, God Bless the both of you. We have lost a very great lady!
Johnny Peters

Stanley Graham

September 12, 2019

Karen Wing was a dear friend. I spent nearly thirty years working with her at ETV. She improved everything she touched. It’s sad to think of a world without her.

Thomas Eaves

September 11, 2019

Karen, my cousin was the sweetest person , family or friend I’ve ever had the pleasure to know!
She was so talented, so humble, and so family oriented!
RIP Karen , I will never forget you! Hail State! You and Kenny ring those cowbells together in Heaven!!!

Carrie Didlake

September 10, 2019

Karen was my beloved coworker in the art department of what was then Mississippi ETV from 1980 to 1987. We worked together on the monthly program guide those 7 years, which was then a free and low cost publication for anyone in the state who wanted it mailed to them. It was always just black and white plus one color, therefore a challenge to make it look decent and professional, but Karen nailed it every time. We called the art department then "the Middle East of ETV" because creative passions tended to flare there, whether due to the artists or the producers/directors, actors, writers, or whoever. Karen always remained calm, no matter what was going on. We were all free spirits at that wonderful workplace. We danced and sang any time we pleased, teased each other, watched wonderful PBS programs all day, but we worked hard for little money as well. Karen was sort of our collective angel, for lack of a better word. When I had a housefire and most of my clothes burned, Karen brought me bags of very nice clothes she had planned to give away. I had never been so well dressed! I love her. We all love her, and I am so saddened by news of her death. Godspeed, dear children of Karen and Kenny. YOU WERE SO VERY WANTED AND SO VERY LOVED.

LeAnne Brewer

September 10, 2019

Dear Caitlin and Cory,
I loved working with your mom during my time at the Foundation for Public Broadcasting. She was so talented and so passionate-- and set an incredible example for us all during her times of struggle with her illness. She represented all that's good about public broadcasting--we're all grateful for her spirit! Glad to know she is at peace now-- I wish you peace amidst the comfort and joy of sweet memories....
LeAnne Brewer

Gwen Wong

September 10, 2019

Dear Caitlin and Cory,
Thinking of you in Mississippi ... and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you mourn the loss of a wonderful Mom. We wish Karen and your family peace. It is hard to lose those we love. Karen and Kenny have always been a pair. We are happy they found each other and will be together again. Hold their spirits and love in your hearts as you go forward and keep their love going...we know that is what they would want.
With love,
Gwen and Bruce

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