Obituary for Mary Kathryn “Kay” Young Morgan
On July 24, 2022, Mary Kathryn “Kay” Young Morgan passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior whom she loved. she was 70
Kay was born on August 12, 1951 in Abilene, Texas, the second child of Wilfred Ray Young and Bennie (“B”) Dorris Young. Squeezed between her two brothers on the drive north, the family moved to Tulsa in 1959. Kay attended Edison High School and played the lead role of Alice in the synchronized swimming production of Alice and Wonderland. Even then, she was dubbed everyone’s friend because of her energetic, loving personality.
Kay studied sociology at the state of Oklahoma and received her master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Oklahoma. She began her career with Mayor Patience Latting in the Oklahoma City Planning Department. There, after attending a series of speakers on urban planning, she chased down her future husband, Kenyon Morgan, the speaker’s host, and invited him to lunch. Kenyon took the opportunity. Over lunch, Kay declared, “I don’t want kids.” In the most empathetic statement of his life, he replied, “That’s a shame because you would make a great mom.” Kay was thrilled.
After marriage, Kenyon and Kay welcomed three daughters — Kyla, Kenna, and Katie — into their home, which slowly, then suddenly, filled with rainbows, cabbage patch kids, and smocked dresses. In early family life, Kay’s work interests shifted from city government to real estate. She wrote the original plan for the preservation and rehabilitation of the Paseo. She loved helping families find their homes and together with Kenyon they developed the neighborhoods of Oakmont, Oakdale Meadows and Oakdale Valley.
As their daughters grew up, Kay and Kenyon took them on road trips from San Francisco to Washington DC and everywhere in between, sharing a love of urban planning, architecture and history. As the “5Ks” got older, Kay became known for her stocked pantry, optimized for sleepovers and impromptu parties. “Mama Morgan” was known for her hospitality in her beautiful, colorful home.
Kay’s favorite color was red. Red everywhere. She collected dozens of red plates and platters. Red hearts, big and small. And posters from art museums and festivals. But most of all, Kay made friends. As a young mom, Kay found a group of friends who never knew they wanted to wake up at 5am and go for a run and then laugh and have coffee. What started out as “running buddies” grew into lifelong friendships with countless Christmas and birthday parties.
She faithfully attended the Church of the Servant, where she volunteered. She was a camp sponsor and led small high school groups. She started three Sunday School classes and made sure everyone had a great Christmas party. With her “Spirit Sisters” she cultivated a love of spiritual listening and taught spiritual courses at Heartpaths for years. And she initiated and recruited volunteers for the Church of the Servant’s Whiz Kids website, which became the largest website in the greater area.
Kay is survived by her 44-year-old husband, Kenyon Morgan; her three daughters, Kyla Templeton and her husband Kurt of Bentonville, Arkansas, Kenna Brody and her husband Mike of Chicago, Illinois, and Katie Woodward and her husband Josh of Sunnyvale, California; her 7 grandchildren Karsten, Klay, Sam, Ben, Willa, Mira and a granddaughter on the way; and her two brothers, Reid Young and his wife Ginny, and Grant Young and his wife Janice; and two brothers-in-law, David Morgan and his wife Ellen and Porter Morgan and his late beloved Betsy.
We thank Dr. Kent Smalley and Paula Avery for their guidance; Anita, Sue, Diane, Carol, Linda and Trish for their constant companionship; Ruth, Fonda and Delrisa for their love, grace and care.
On Wednesday, July 27 at 10 am there will be a celebration of the life service at Oakdale Baptist Church led by Scott Bartlow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Whizz Kids in loving memory of Kay Morgan.
Posted July 25, 2022
Published in The Oklahoman
Oakdale Baptist Church 6400 E. Hefner Rd. Oklahoma City, okay
July 27, 2022 at 10:00 A.M