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Kezzia Mae Thomas

January 21, 1930 –
 January 14, 2023


Kezzia Mae Thomas died peacefully while in hospice care in Dallas, TX, on Saturday, Jan. 14th, 2023.

Kezzia was born in Minco, OK, on January 21st, 1930. She was the only child of Ted and Hester Studebaker.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Ellen McIlroy, of Hurst, TX, and a son, David Seright, and his wife Bang Seright, of Irving, TX, ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Kezzia was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Hester Studebaker, husbands, Gerald Seright, Doc Holloway, O. B. Thomas, daughter, Juanice Hayslip, and son Jerry Seright.

Kezzia grew up in Skellytown, TX, a small town in the Texas panhandle. She graduated from White Deer High School at the age of sixteen. She met and married her first husband, Gerald, soon thereafter. They were missionaries to Brazil for 16 years. While married to her second husband, Doc Holloway, she was a teacher, a speech therapist, and a realtor. And, while married to her third husband, O. B. Thomas, she became an investor and bar owner in Cactus, TX.

Kezzia was a fun, friendly, adventurous, and entrepreneurial person. She spoke three languages, English, Portuguese, and Spanish, thus relating to many different kinds of people. She enjoyed betting on football games, going to Las Vegas, walking, fishing, reading, being with family, and traveling abroad. She will be missed greatly by all those who knew her.

A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Kezzia will be held on January 27th, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, at Aría Funeral Home located at 1820 N. Beltline Rd., Irving, TX 75061. Relatives and friends are welcome to join us after the service for food and drinks at Arturo’s Mexican Restaurant located at 1810 W. Irving Blvd., Irving, TX 75061.

Memorial contributions are welcome at  Thank you!


Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.


Arrangements under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home
1820 N. Beltline Road
Irving, Texas 75061
(972) 607-4400

28 Thoughts on Kezzia Mae Thomas
    16 Jan 2023

    We share your loss and send our deeppest sympathy! Family Bac Nguyen, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

      19 Jan 2023

      Thank you very much, I really appreciate your thoughtfulness.

    17 Jan 2023

    My sincere condolences to the Seright family. Dèepest thoughts and empathy for the passing of Kazzia.

    17 Jan 2023

    I am so sorry for your loss. Kezzia Mae was a strong woman who set an example for her family. Her passing will leave a space that will not soon be filled. Prayers for peace and comfort are being sent for the family.

      20 Jan 2023

      Thank you so much, she will be missed by all who knew her. She died peacefully and in no pain.

    truong hoa
    17 Jan 2023

    We are writing to extend our deepest sympathy in your great loss to you and your family. We were very sad to hear about your mother passing away. She was such a wonderful woman. We had the honor and the pleasure to know your mother. Everyone will have to leave, hope your family will try to overcome this difficult time.
    Family Nghiem Kieu Nguon, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (include: Mr Nghiem Kieu Nguon, my son – Mr Tung Kieu Cong and my son’ wife – Ms Dieu Tran Ngoc; my older daughter – Ms Dao Kieu Nguyet and her husband – Minh Phung Van; my young daughter – Ms Tien Kieu Nguyet Thuy and her husband- Mr Bac Nguyen Hoa; six my grandchildren.

      19 Jan 2023

      Thank you, I really appreciate you reaching out to me.

    Nghiem Kieu
    17 Jan 2023

    We are writing to extend our deepest sympathy in your great loss to you and your family. We were very sad to hear about your mother passing away. She was such a wonderful woman. We had the honor and the pleasure to know your mother. Everyone will have to leave, hope your family will try to overcome this difficult time.
    Family Nghiem Kieu Nguon, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (include: Mr Nghiem Kieu Nguon, my son – Mr Tung Kieu Cong and my son’ wife – Ms Dieu Tran Ngoc; my older daughter – Ms Dao Kieu Nguyet and her husband – Minh Phung Van; my young daughter – Ms Tien Kieu Nguyet Thuy and her husband- Mr Bac Nguyen Hoa; six my grandchildren

      19 Jan 2023

      Thank you so much, she will be missed by all who knew her.

        Greg Butler
        23 Jan 2023

        David, so sorry for your loss my friend. Prayers for you and your family. Wishing Peace and love for you.
        Greg Butler

          25 Jan 2023

          Thanks for thinking about me and my mom . Hope you’re doing well .

    Belda Ibarra
    17 Jan 2023

    Sorry for your loss David my condolences to you and your family may your mother rest in peace and prayers for all of y’all. She was loved and care by a wonderful son, God Bless you always.

    Audrey and Bryan Pitts
    20 Jan 2023

    Mr. Seright, please know that you are loved and prayed for! Praying for you now in the loss of your precious Mom, Ms. Kezzia Mae Thomas. Unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to know her, but fortunately I do know you, so I know she must have been a very special lady! I know you were a wonderful son. You took good care of your Mom and was a great blessing to her. You are also a wonderful friend and a great blessing to me and Bryan. Always remember that you are not alone! Although your mom may no longer be with you physically on this earth, it is her beautiful spirit that remains… that’s the real Ms. Kezzia. My prayer is that as you walk through this difficult season, may you experience God’s love and His constant presence. He is there for you, always has been, and always will be. May God comfort you and your family. We will continue to lift you up in prayer!
    Love and Blessings,
    Audrey and Bryan Pitts

      20 Jan 2023

      Thank you so much for your heartfelt condolences. I think y’all would’ve liked each other a lot. She liked to laugh too.

    Glenda Brock
    20 Jan 2023

    David, my condolences on the passing of your mother.Sounds like she was quite an interesting woman; she passed much of that along to you! May you find comfort in her peaceful passing and the memories of a the life she fully lived. My thoughts are with you and your family.

      23 Jan 2023

      Thank you so much for reaching out.Yes she was quite an adventurer.
      She did have dementia pretty bad so the last couple of years were different.
      I do miss her.
      How are you doing? Are you still in Sherman? And how is your family? (Niece included of course) Will call you soon to catch up.

    Teresa and John
    21 Jan 2023

    My condolences to the family. We lost a very dear friend. She had such wonderful presence about her full of life and laughter. We will miss very much. Love you Kay Rest in Peace my friend!
    John and Teresa

      25 Jan 2023

      She loved playing poker with you. And she always appreciated the goodies you often brought to her. Thank you for thinking about her.

      26 Jan 2023

      She loved playing poker with y’all. And she always appreciated the goodies you gave to her. Thank for being good friends to her.

    Joaquim and Sandra
    22 Jan 2023

    Dear David, our deepest condolences to you and your family.
    Kezzia was indeed a wonderful woman/mother. May the happy memories you shared give you comfort during this difficult time.

    Jim and Dianne Phillips
    24 Jan 2023

    David, Jim and I are sorry for the loss of your mother. She was an awesome lady! We think of you often and hope you are doing well.

      25 Jan 2023

      Thank you so much for reaching out. It’s great to hear from you. Yes, she was quite a lady. She lived a very full life.
      Hope y’all are doing well. I need to get up that way sometime and drop by. Please if you’re on Facebook can you put obit link on there. That way word gets around there. Thanks!!

    Mike Brownlee
    24 Jan 2023

    David, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

      25 Jan 2023

      Thanks for the condolences. Hope you’re doing well.

    Brent Futrell
    24 Jan 2023

    David: I was saddened to hear that you lost your mom. While I won’t try to sound like I knew her well and we were close, I will say that there was a wonderful time when you and I knew each other well and it was a great time. The streams of our lives have since carried us in different directions, but still I often think of you and hope that all is well with you. Moving on knowing your mom has gone on ahead may be a sad thought at times, but we life on in the hope that is ours, knowing we’ll be together with our loved ones some day. Most sincerely yours.

      25 Jan 2023

      I really appreciate your kind and thoughtful words. Those were fun times back then. I remember your quick smile and sharp wit. Hope you’re doing well.

    Linda Polley
    26 Jan 2023

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother.
    My thought and prayers are with you and your family.

    Catherine Swint
    28 Jan 2023

    She was so blessed to have family with her throughout all the challenges of her later years! I have many great memories of Vovo.

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