Kay Frances Persefield, age 88, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2022. Kay was born in Des Moines, Iowa on September 23, 1933 to Frank Beckham and Rosalie Thomas Hanna. After her father died in 1936, Kay and her mother moved to Plainview, Texas to live with her Grandmother and many aunts, uncles and cousins who lived in and around the Plainview area. Kay always said she never knew she was an only child.
She graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a BS in Psychology and married her high school sweetheart, Jimmie Persefield in 1955. Kay and Jimmie had four children – Kyle, Mona, James and Lisa. Kay was a devoted mother who also served as a special needs teacher for some 20 years. Something she was very proud of. After living all over the United States, Kay and Jimmie retired in Amarillo and she moved to Dallas after Jimmie passed away in 2012.
A breast cancer survivor of 35 years, a life-long Methodist and a talented artist, Kay also loved flowers but she wanted someone else to plant them so she could sit back and enjoy! You’ll now have lots of fields of colorful flowers to enjoy for an eternity.
Kay is predeceased in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Mona and son, James. She is survived by her son, Kyle, daughter, Lisa, grandchildren Katie, Jennifer and Alex, one great grandchild, Victor and many extended family members.
A private graveside burial will be held in Amarillo, Texas, where Kay will be laid to rest next to her husband. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
5 Replies to “Kay Frances Persefield”
Rest in peace Grandma Kay
All of us here in Arizona cherish the memories you and Papa Bear shared with us over the years in the many ways you blessed our lives with your love. I wish we could’ve spent more time together to let you know how much I loved, cared for, and appreciated you and still do. Until we meet again I’ll keep in you my heart and prayers always. Love, Jennifer
Kay was such a loving, wonderful woman. Time spent with her during our family reunion in 1989 is dear to me. Rest In Peace.
Kay Francis was my imagined big sister. Veda and I could not wait to go to Plainview and get some simple balsa airplanes to play with Kay in the beautiful park on W Seventh street. She was a jewel among women and such a good friend to Jerri, my wife and me. She will be missed.
Kay Francis was a very sweet lady. It was always a pleasure to be with her. May she Rest In Peace.
We very much enjoyed living across the street from Jim and Kay for so many years. Papa Bear and Grandma Kay always treated us like family . They would take my kids to Wonderland when Katie would visit . Kay taught the girls to paint and crochet . So many memories . God bless your family and give you comfort .