Margaret Mary Wright Kinsey
SHREVEPORT, LA - Margaret Mary (Peggy) Wright Kinsey, devoted wife, mother and philanthropist passed away on January 8, 2013 following a lengthy illness.
Peggy was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on November 17, 1928 to Francis Addis Wright and Carrie Louise Bonelli Wright. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Francis Addis Wright, Jr., and her husband of 57 years, Norman V. Kinsey.
Peggy attended St. Vincent's Academy for both elementary and high school studies. She attended St. Mary's Dominican College and Centenary College before starting a family, but never gave up her desire to earn a college degree. Later in her life, she enrolled at LSU-Shreveport to complete her studies and graduated with a Bachelor in General Studies in 1984.
A passionate student and believer in the power of education, Peggy worked to provide educational opportunities for the children of Shreveport-Bossier. Peggy, with her husband Norman, co-founded the Montessori School for Shreveport, the Ridgewood Montessori School and established the LSU-Shreveport American Studies Program.
Peggy's active community involvement garnered her numerous awards and recognitions during her lifetime. She was awarded the Shreveport Chapter of the National Council of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award; Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, LSU-Shreveport; United Way - Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award; LSU-Shreveport's International Lincoln Center and Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities - Heroes of the Humanities Award; Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations - Louisiana Heroine Award; and YWCA Women Who Have Made a Difference Award.
Peggy also served on the boards of numerous civic organizations such as The LSU Shreveport Foundation (two terms as president), Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Shreveport Symphony Society Board, Volunteers of America, Goodwill Industries and the Caddo-Bossier Association for Retarded Citizens. Peggy was particularly proud of her involvement with the Community Foundation of North Louisiana having served on the board for over ten years and holding the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-Chairperson and Chairperson.
Peggy was active in St. Joseph's Catholic Church where she served as a Lay Eucharistic Minister. She received the Bishop's Service Medal as well as the Papal Honor of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in recognition of her character and faithful service to the mission of the Catholic Church.
Peggy's primary interest was her family, and she cherished her time with her children and grandchildren. Peggy is survived by her four children, Glenn Victor Kinsey, husband of Ellen Sheridan Kinsey, Christopher Mahr Kinsey, husband of Judith Mayer Kinsey, Rebecca Louise Kinsey and Richard Norman Kinsey and by Levin Sewell Kinsey. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Kara Kinsey, Camille Kinsey, Eleanor Kinsey, Bridget Kinsey, Patrick Kinsey, Maria Kinsey, Anna Kinsey and Austin Kinsey.
While she had many interests, Peggy found her greatest enjoyment while reading, travelling and attending the theater or symphony. In addition, Peggy was an active member with her husband Norman of the Sous-Commanderie du Shreveport of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, an international wine society focused on burgundy wines.
Peggy will be remembered for her love of and commitment to learning and the many gifts she made towards the development or betterment of educational opportunities in Shreveport-Bossier. The family would like to express appreciation to the excellent staff of Volunteers of America for their attentive care, including Edna Frierson, Vera Fulcher, Geneva Henry, Charlotte Holmes and Nancy Wilson. The family would also like to express appreciation to The Glen Retirement System, as well as the fine physicians, nurses and healthcare workers at Willis Knighton who participated in her care.
A Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 4:15pm at Rose-Neath Funeral Home on Marshall Street, followed by a visitation from 5:00 to 7:00pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Friday, January 11, 2013, at 11:00am. Serving as pallbearers will be Mr. Thomas Carmody, Mr. Kevin Hill, Mr. Patrick Long, Dr. William Pederson, Mr. W.C. Rasberry, Jr. and Mr. Jon Summers. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Mr. Charles Ellis Brown, Father Murray Clayton, Ms. Paula Hickman and Ms. Jerry Wray.
Peggy was a generous and long-time supporter of the Community Foundation of North Louisiana and the family recommends that memorial donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Community Foundation at 401 Edwards Street, Suite 105, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101, The Shreveport Symphony at P.O. Box 205, Shreveport, LA 71162-0205, or to a