Helen Kay Wilson
Pampa native Helen Kay Wilson, 85, passed away on June 19, 2020 in Scottsdale, AZ.
Kay was born December 1, 1934 in Pampa, TX to Ramon and Hazel Wilson. She attended Pampa schools and graduated from Pampa High School in 1953. She earned a bachelor degree in music from the University of Colorado and did advanced study at the University of Denver.
Music defined Kay’s life. She was a child prodigy. As reported in the Pampa Daily News in 1937, at two and one-half years, she played “Humoreske” by Dvorak, and gave her first public piano recital at age 3 and one-half in the Club Room in City Hall. As a student at Sam Houston grade school, she wrote the words of the school song, sung to the tune of Bicycle Built For Two. Kay was a career school teacher and private piano teacher. For many years she had a jazz combo that entertained in the Phoenix area.
She was a follower of Christ. Possessed of a keen intellect, she loved Latin and as a young Christian was self-taught in Hebrew and Greek to better understand the scriptures.
She is survived by long-time special friend Treva LaMunyon of Scottsdale, AZ, former Pampans brother Jerry Wilson and wife Susie of Dallas, niece Kim Stevens of Waco, nephew Chris Wilson and wife Erin of Lubbock, nephew Greg Wilson and wife Michele of Wake Forest, NC, eleven grand nieces and nephews, and four great, grand nieces and nephews.
Although she spent her adult life in Colorado and Arizona, her cremated remains will be buried with her parents in Fairview Cemetery in Pampa.