She was 84
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
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
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
|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
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.
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.