SILLAWAY, KAY WEBER, Kay Weber Sillaway passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on September 23, 2005. Kay was born in 1909 in Ellenwood, Kansas to Frank and Magdalen Weber. She graduated with a BA in music and performance from the Lamont School of Music in Denver. In the 1930's she was discovered by Glenn Miller and went on to sing with the Dorsey Brothers, Jimmy Dorsey and Bob Crosby bands. She married Ward Sillaway, trombonist with the Crosby band, and retired to raise her children. She ventured out of retirement to teach school when her children were grown and her husband, Ward, became ill. She was the kind of teacher who gave her all to her students at St. Peter's Port Washington, NY. When she moved to Dallas she became the music teacher at St. Patrick's. She worked there until she was 83 years young. As a music teacher she infused the lives of countless children with her rich musical heritage and her creativity. While at St. Patrick's she thrilled and surprised audiences with her original productions. She gave her students love and knowledge of music and her unshakable trust in their abilities led them to that place where they could believe in themselves. She was enriched by her many strong friendships and her constant deep faith in the goodness of God. She never lost her youthful enthusiasm or her terrific sense of humor. She taught us all to sing and laugh. Her family and friends thank her endlessly for those gifts. She was preceded in death by her husband and companion in life and music, Ward Sillaway, her brother Art Weber and her sister Madalene Walsh. She is survived by her three children, son, Dorr Sillaway and daughter-in-law, Saundra; daughter, Madalene Galletta and son-in-law Leo; daughter, Kathy Ulrich and son-in-law Gary. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Leo Ward Galletta and his wife Jessica, Kaylee Johnston and her husband Darren, Mandy Dooley and her husband Kasey, Anastasia Sillaway, Dorr Ward Sillaway, Matt Ulrich, David Ulrich and Jeff Ulrich and 4 great grandchildren, Jackson, Jace, Jamison Belle and Jagger and her many nieces and nephews. Kay will be intensely missed, but her spirit will live on in all of us forever. (We love you, Mimi). In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to either C.C. Young Skilled Nursing Unit at 4829 West Lawther Dr., Dallas, TX 75214 or Vitas Innovative Hospice Care at 8585 Stemmons Fwy. Ste 700S, Dallas, TX 75247. We are grateful to both these organizations for becoming family and extending the highest care and tenderness to Kay and her family. Rosary at Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home at 4:00 PM, September 25, 2005 led by Rev. Msgr. Richard E. Johnson and a Mass of Celebration for Kay's life will be at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 9643 Ferndale Rd. on Monday, September 26th at 10:00 AM. Rev. Msgr. Michael Duca, Celebrant. Interment Calvary Hill Cemetery. Dignity Memorial Sparkman Crane 10501 Garland Rd. Dallas (214) 327-8291
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Published in the Dallas Morning News from 9/25/2005 - 9/26/2005.