MARY CATHERINE “KAY” HUNTER
Mary C. Hunter, known to everyone as Kay Hunter, passed away Sunday morning, November 4, 2018 at the age of 93. She was born on August 17, 1925, the only child of Eula Lee Lucas and Jack Roberts and was raised by her beloved “Nanny”, Martha Ann Lucas. That relationship along with her Catholic schooling by the nuns, laid the foundation for her extraordinary connection with Jesus and a life of positive thinking and unconditional love.
As a young woman, Kay loved to dance, especially the jitterbug. After receiving a journalism major from TSCW, now TWU, Kay was 21 when she went on a double date. As fate would have it, sparks ignited between her and the other young man, Albert “Abie” Hunter, a handsome World War II Navy veteran. They married 7 months later on Valentine’s Day in 1947. They divorced after 31 years of marriage, but stayed forever friends until Abie died in April 2004.
Her living legacy began as “Mom” to five children. Son, Michael Hunter and his wife Stephanie; son Patrick Hunter; and three daughters, Linda Griffith, Lee Anne Hunter and Leslee Hunter. It expanded to “Grandma” with eight grandchildren; Scott, Jamie, Lora, Ryan, Aaron, Lindsay, Haley and Jennifer. And grew into “Great Grandma Kay” with 14 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren. She was the kind of Grandmother everyone would want and her hugs were often described as falling into the softest pillow imaginable.
With five children under the age of 8, Kay began teaching kindergarten and elementary school at OLV and several other Catholic schools in Fort Worth. She moved into the advertising business where she worked with the entertainment industry promoting big-name artists like Lawrence Welk, Liberace, Johnny Mathis, Doug Henning, Charley Pride and many others. Some say that is where her love of jewelry that sparkled, shoes that matched her dresses and long polished nails was born, most likely under the influence of Liberace.
In 1979, at the age of 54, Kay’s connection with Jesus took a logical, but surprising turn when she felt the call to become a minister. Stepping out of her comfort zone and leaving her family for the first time, Kay went to Ministerial School in California. She became the Associate Minister at Dallas’ 1st Church of Religious Science in 1983. As she approached her 60th birthday in August 1985, Rev. Kay Hunter became the founder and senior minister of Community Church of Religious Science. She touched thousands of people who grew through her unconditional love and teachings. Throughout the 80’s, she ministered to the AIDS community sharing her unique gift of peace and acceptance. Ten years later, and independent from the Religious Science affiliation, Rev. Kay renamed the metaphysical nondenominational church the Cathedral of Light serving as their senior minister until 2017.
Kay Hunter loved watching Wheel of Fortune, The Price is Right, Ice Skating and Dancing with the Stars. Christmas was her most favorite of all seasons and she decorated everything that didn’t move. But most of all, she loved her family. And that love expanded to include her entire church family and friends who she made each and every one feel that they were the most important person in her life. Kay was truly the closest thing to an Angel on Earth and she was that to so many who were lucky enough to know her.
Her visitation and funeral will be at the church she founded and loved dearly this Saturday, November 10th and all are welcome to celebrate her extraordinary life. The Cathedral of Light is located at 2570 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch, TX 75234.
The viewing will be at 11am followed by the service at 12 noon. Flowers or donations in her name can be sent to the Cathedral of Light.
English author Albert Pine said “What we do for ourselves, dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains, and is immortal.” Rev. Kay Hunter’s legacy will remain and be immortal.
p.s. In keeping with Rev. Kay’s personal request please wear your warmest and brightest colors to celebrate her!