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Patricia Kay (Parkerson) O'Briant

March 31, 1948 ~ March 11, 2018 (age 69)

Kay Parkerson O'Briant



            Patricia Kay Parkerson O'Briant, 69, of Lilburn, passed away March 11, 2018.

            The daughter of the late Jackie Jameson Parkerson and Warren Orin Parkerson, she was born March 31, 1948, in Tampa-Hillsborough County, Florida.

            She was a graduate of Chamberlain High School in Tampa and Agnes Scott College in Decatur.

            The co-author of Looking for Tara: The Gone With the Wind Guide to Margaret Mitchell's Atlanta, she was a member of the Georgia Romance Writers and an avid reader of romance novels. Kay read the novels in an unorthodox way, however, always beginning with the last chapter. She explained that she wanted to make sure the book had a satisfying ending before spending time reading it.

            She always wanted to write her own romance novels, but that dream ended when she contracted multiple sclerosis, a disease that left her bedridden for years.

            Like her mother, Kay was a passionate Atlanta Braves fan and looked forward optimistically to each new season. Freddy Freeman was one of her favorite players.

            Her other passion -- or some would say obsession -- was cats. At one point there were nine felines in the house. In addition to tending to the cats and watching the Braves and movies on television, she enjoyed visits from her grandsons, Ethan, Alex and Dylan.

            Survivors include her son, Chuck O'Briant of Lilburn; daughter Leigh O'Briant Lisiewski and her husband Matt Lisiewski of Cumming; and brother Warren O. Parkerson II and his wife Barbara of Burke, VA.

            A private memorial service will be held in Tampa.

            In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, N.Y. 10163.

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