Lois Kathryn Countryman McKee McKenzie, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, joined our Heavenly Father on August 23, 2017 surrounded by her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gene and Lois Countryman, brothers, James Stephens and William Countryman, sisters, Frances Eddington and Linda Kletzer, husband of 26 years, Jack McKee and husband of 12 years, Bill Ed McKenzie.
She is survived by her children, Melinda (Mark) McElligott, Richard (Rhonda) McKee, Rhonda (Gene) Mauldin, Martha Allbright, and Blake (Beth) McKenzie; sisters, Dorothy Baker and Florine (Arvalee) Dial; 22 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Kathryn was born February 4, 1935 in Boswell, at the home of her parents. Immediately, she began to leave her mark. At the age of 12, she was invited to sing in the Calvary Quartet, performing in various local churches and on the radio. Upon graduating Huntsville High School, she attended Sam Houston as a Music Major. In 1984 she graduated the Joe G. Davis School of Nursing with her LVN.
During her lifetime, she held multiple positions, including executive assistant at NASA, Daycare owner and a nurse, working for Dr. Monday and at TDCJ/UTMB.
For the past 4 years, she turned a hobby into a profession and began 12th Street Antiques with her daughters. Along with George Russell, she was instrumental in restoring the building to its original form. Kathryn said many times, her greatest joy with the store was meeting people talking with the customers.
In her spare time, Kathryn enjoyed painting, playing the piano, enjoying her large family and volunteering. She was very active with the DAR. Kathryn was elected Regent twice by The Mary Martin Elmore Scott chapter. While residing in Ft. Stockton, she established the Comanche Springs Chapter, where she also served as Regent.
As a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church, Kathryn sang in the church choir and participated in the J.O.Y. Sunday School class.
The Family would like to thank St. Joseph Hospice for their help and compassion during the last few months, especially nurses Millie and aid Isabella.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Kathryn McKenzie will be held on Friday, September 8th at 11:00 am at the First United Methodist Church in Huntsville, TX.
The family request that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to First United Methodist Church, 1016 Sam Houston Ave, Huntsville, TX 77320, in her memory.
Full obituary may be viewed and memorial condolences made to the family at www.shmfh.com.
Published on August 30, 2017