James “Jay” Wilson
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Jay was born on March 1, 1962 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and passed away on February 15th, 2022, in Kansas City, Missouri.
Jay was full of life and everyone who met him and spent any time with him, knows the joy he brought into their lives.
Jay had a passion for cooking, seldom following a recipe completely and loved having dinner parties trying new dishes for everyone to taste.
He loved watching all sports, and following his graduation from University of Kentucky, followed the basketball team every year.
Every year Jay would plan out several trips traveling the globe exploring new places and tasting the local foods.
His caring soul came through for his love of animals. Wherever he was, animals would circle around him wanting his attention. His beloved cat Bucky helped Jay get through some difficult health issues and was always by his side.
With his love for cooking, Jay never missed an opportunity to entertain, hosting Derby parties every year, every holiday there was a party, or just a spontaneous happy hour out on the deck to bring friends and family together.
Jay was also an avid gardener and loved creating beautiful pots of flowers and herbs all along the deck and yard. Jay’s green thumb was an inspiration to us all.
Survivors include: husband, Ken Millsap; sisters & brothers-in-laws, Anne & Brent Aubrey, Beth & TimWhalen and Gail Wilson; Jay’s in laws, Ann & Monte Shaw; nieces, Audrey Whitesides, Kristin Littrell (Jacob) and Kelsey Petrosky (Daniel) and nephews, Josh Markham, and Luke Whitesides.
Memorial service will be held on March 23rd at 3:00 pm at Unity Temple on the Plaza
Memorial contributions may be made:
In Jay Wilson name-
Wayside Waifs, Kansas City, Missouri and The Garden Fairies at Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri.