Kathryn Carr “Kate” Thompson, 78, passed away in Kokomo, Indiana on January 11, 2023.  She was born June 5, 1944, in Paducah, Kentucky, to the late Warren Carr Thompson and Elizabeth Hale Goldsmith Thompson.  Kate raised champion show cattle in rural western Kentucky before moving to the city of Lexington where she attended Lafayette High School.  After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1963,  Kate moved to Kokomo where she spent the next sixty years, dedicating her life to her work as a Speech and Hearing Pathologist, working with children of all ages in Howard County in the Kokomo-Center Township School Corporation.  During her career, she also ran the summer speech clinic for Howard and surrounding counties.   She earned her Master’s Degree in this field from Ball State University.  After retiring, she continued to be active in the school system, serving as a story lady known as “Grammy T.”

In her early Kokomo days, Kate was involved with the Kokomo Civic Theatre.  Known to her faithful friends as a social butterfly, she belonged to two bridge groups, played mahjong, and hosted a monthly gathering of “bag ladies” - a circle of retired Bon Air Elementary School teachers.  She was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an educational honorary sorority and Psi Iota Xi, a speech and hearing sorority.

Kate was a voracious reader, volunteering Monday mornings at the Kokomo Public Library in her retirement years.  Additionally, she was a decades long member of Grace United Methodist Church and immensely enjoyed her participation with their choir.  On multiple occasions later in life, she was able to pursue her dream of traveling internationally.

Family gatherings and connections were vitally important to Kate.  Preceded in death by infant siblings,  twin sister, Margaret and brother, Michael, she is survived by her brothers, David (Valerie) Thompson and Stephen (Phyllis) Thompson.  Also surviving are nephews, Ryan Thompson, Michael (Nathalie) Thompson, Christopher (Laura) Thompson and nieces, Andrea (Chad) Barger and Lindsay (Jake) Parker.  Several great nieces and nephews will miss their “Koppie.”

A celebration of life service will be held for Kathryn at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Grace United Methodist Church, 219 W. Mulberry St., Kokomo, following visitation with the family at the church beginning at 1 p.m.  A graveside interment service will be held at Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, KY on April 28th at 2:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers in her honor to Kokomo Urban Outreach UP (Unlimited Potential) Programs, Gilead House - Kokomo or Samaritan’s Purse for their efforts in Ukraine.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, Kokomo.  Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.

By Year Deceased Alphabetically Yearbook Photo

John Franklin (Frank) Anderson (Deceased 2017)  
Thomas J. (Tommy) Baum (Deceased 2002)
Dwight Rogers Baynes (Deceased 2007)
John R. Bell (Deceased 2003)  
Alan Paul Bidwell (Deceased 1999)
Dr. Thomas K. Binkley (Deceased 2019)  
Herbert Brewer (Deceased 2018)  
Janet Brindle (Newman) (Deceased 1981)  
Raymond E. Bullock (Deceased 2005)
George Peter (Pete) Burke (Deceased 2000)  
Johnny Burns (Deceased 2004)
Thomas R. Castor, III (Deceased 1999)
Gordon Chaney (Deceased 2005)
Marion Sue Chrisman (Bruestle) (Deceased 2000)  
Jeanne Rae Cobstill (Deceased 2010)
Russell Corbett (Deceased 2010)  
Kenneth Couch (Deceased 2016)
Sue Cox (Veatch) (Deceased 2018)  
Robert Allen Curry (Deceased 2012)  
Gail Rhea Dobson (Henry) (Deceased 2009)
Joseph Earlywine (Deceased 2014)  
Susan Farmer (Deceased 1965)  
Gordon W. Farrell (Deceased 2018)  
Stephen Walker Fitzpatrick (Deceased 2011)  
Ancil C. Foley (Deceased 2004)
Elizabeth (Betty) Page Graham (Smith) (Deceased 1979)  
Gerald Wayne Graham (Deceased 2013)  
Douglas C. (Doug) Hammonds (Deceased 2011)  
Lloyd Howard Harrison (Deceased 2013)  
Lea Tarina Hendrickson (Ray-Grob) (Deceased 2020)
Charles Donald Henry (Deceased 2020)  
William (Billy) Hughes (Deceased Year Unknown)
Charlotte Orcutt Irwin (Deceased 2004)
Harold Courtney Johnson (Deceased 2018)  
Judith L. (Judy) Johnson (Whitmer) (Deceased 1985)  
Grover Nelson (Nickie) Jones (Deceased 2006)  
J. Roger (Jim) Jones (Deceased 1993)  
Rolfe Kruckas (Deceased 2013)  
Donald Lieberman (Deceased 1999)  
William Clark McFerren, III (Deceased 2000)
Hershal R. McIntosh (Deceased 2007)  
Anna Belle Moberly (Deceased Year Unknown)  
Kenneth Lee Morgan (Deceased 1986)
John Allan Morgerson (Deceased 2005)
John T. Muncey, III (Deceased 2002)
Glenda Carol Newkirk (McCracken) (Deceased 2014)  
Ernest Carl Newton (Deceased 2017)  
James H. Noe (Deceased 1980)  
Deidre (Dede) Nugent (Haller) (Deceased 2013)  
Fred C. Patrick (Deceased Year Unknown)
Frank Paul (Deceased 1968)
Ronald Stephen Pelfrey (Deceased 2008)  
Peggy Lou Pergram (Deceased 2007)  
Galen Leonard Pigg (Deceased 2010)  
Diane Faye Potter (Sutphin) (Deceased 2007)
Ronald Howard (Ronnie) Powell (Deceased 1997)
Larry Wayne Rogers (Deceased 2016)
James Buchanan Saunders (Deceased 1975)
Ruth Shane (Silk) (Deceased 2022)  
William James (Bill) Shelburne (Deceased 1964)  
Ernie Spokes (Deceased 2019)
Charles (Charlie) Stinson (Deceased 1996)  
Jane Ella Stivers (Goidel) (Deceased 2019)
Peter Stoner (Deceased Year Unknown)
Paul S. Stutsman (Deceased 2012)  
Robert C. Taylor (Deceased 1998)
Dawes B. (Buck) Thompson (Deceased 2009)  
Kathryn Carr Thompson (Deceased 2023)  
Leslie Noel Thorp (Burger) (Deceased 2015)  
Vernon Wash (Deceased 2019)  
Chester "Buddy" Watson (Deceased 2016)
Robert L. West (Deceased 1967)
Alice Elaine Williams (Deceased 2013)
Donald B. Williams (Deceased 2004)
Sue Ann Wilson (Bell) (Deceased 2016)  
Thomas D. (Tom) Wilson (Deceased 2019)  
Linda Mae Zulager (Ladenburger) (Deceased 2007)  

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