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Mary Kathryn Lay
died March 16, 2011.
She was 84 years old.

She was born Mary Kathryn Lay on February 5, 1927 in Norman, Oklahoma.  She was the daughter of Lawrence Lay and Berta Bailey Lay.  Kay was educated in public schools in Norman and Britton, OK.  She graduated from Britton High School at 15 and attended Cottey College in Missouri and the University of OK. 

On December 22, 1945 Kay married Pren Guest Hollingsworth in Farmersville, Texas.  To Pren she was a beloved wife and best friend.  They shared a loving and vibrant life.  She didn't begin her working life until her children were almost grown.  She spent most of her career as an executive secretary, first for St.  Mark’s School in Dallas and then for the American National Life Insurance Company.  In her later years she indulged her interest in art and interior design.  Kay was always working on special projects using her many talents. 

Kay was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Robert Lay: two sisters Margaret Young and Ruth Stabler; and her nephew Doug Stabler. 

She leaves to cherish her life and memories her devoted husband of 65 years, Pren; 3 children, Maura Lee Ramage, of Orlando, Florida; Roy Hollingsworth III and his wife Diane, of Houston, TX; and Donna Hocking of Duncanville, TX.  She is also survived by 8 grandchildren; Deborah Hocking Kurtz and Troy Hocking; Jennifer Wright Brown and Christina Wright Russell; Kimberly Beth Hollingsworth and Lauren Hollingsworth Moorefield; Pren “Gus” Ramage and Paunece Ramage.  Kay was blessed with 6 great-grandchildren Kalen Carloye, Trevor and Tyler Jackson; and “Bo” and Brooke Brown and Eliara Ramage.   Kay is also survived by her sister Fran Morris of Oklahoma City; 2 cousins; 5 nephews and 6 nieces.

A life in pictures

In the first week after Kay Hollingsworth's passing, we compiled a "life in pictures".  Click HERE to view the pictures. 

A service of thanksgiving for the life and work of Mary Kathryn Lay Hollingsworth was held at Olive Hill Cemetery at 11:00 am on Monday, 30 May 2011. 
Family 1975
Jennifer's Visit 2006 
Kay 2002 
Kay 1943 


Kay Hollingsworth retired in 1992 and enjoyed travelling with her husband, Pren, to many states and Canada.  She never stopped being an artist.  She had a natural gift for interior decoration and it benefitted her family and friends on many occasions.  Her favourite hobbies were word games, especially scrabble and crossword puzzles. 


Kay Hollingsworth began her career as an executive secretary when her children were teenagers.  She worked for several years at St.  Mark’s School of Texas but spent the majority of her career at American National Insurance, where her expertise and talents were keenly appreciated. 

Early life

Kay was born in Norman, Oklahoma and raised in Britton, which now is part of Oklahoma City, and was an academic star at Britton High School.  She spent what would have been her senior year at Cottey College in Missouri.   When she returned at the end of the year she graduated Britton High School and spent the next year at Oklahoma University, where she met and married her soul-mate, Pren Hollingsworth.  They raised their three children in Oklahoma and Dallas, Texas. 

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