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Katherine Levy

August 9, 1924 — December 20, 2016

Katherine Elizabeth Bennett Levy age 92, of Walnut Springs, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Glen Rose Medical Center.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Lawson Memorial Chapel in Walnut Springs. Visitation will be from noon until service time. Brady Dempsey and Rev. Richard Trotter will officiate. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were John Uloth, Ray Uloth, Frank Heilman, Charles Heilman, Aaron Joseph Mills, and Billy Hildreth.

Katherine Elizabeth Bennet was born on August 9, 1924 in Houston, Texas to Lesley Earl and Kate Eliza Uloth Bennet. But her story actually begins in Walnut Springs where her mother Kate Eliza Uloth Bennett was born, the fourth of eleven children. This was the first generation of Uloths born in America. Kate and her husband Lesley Earl Bennett relocated to Houston when the Texas Central Railroad shops left Walnut Springs and so Katherine and her older brother Richard were born and reared there.

Katherine had a varied and interesting childhood. She took dance, acrobatics, and piano lessons and even got to work as a greeter and assistant for Aunt Dixie, her father's sister, who told fortunes and worked with the big cats in the King Brothers Circus which was owned and operated by Dixie's husband Tom King. She also traveled many times as a young person from Houston to Walnut Springs on the train to spend summers with her grandparents and cousins. She attended and graduated from Milby High School in Houston, as did our grandpa L.D. Levy. The two of them were introduced on a blind date set up by their friends Jack and Ditty. They married on February 8, 1942 just as America was entering WWII.

L.D. enlisted in the Army Air Corp and was subsequently stationed in Laredo, Texas. On July 9, 1943, while stationed in Laredo, their first daughter Carol was born. After the war Katherine and L.D. returned to Houston and established their home there. On September 27, 1947 their second daughter Cindy was born. Katherine was a diligent homemaker and put much of her time and energy into her home and children. In addition to being a wife and mother Katherine was an active member of Park Place Lutheran Church and also took up oil painting becoming quite an accomplished artist. She also continued to play piano until late in her life and family gatherings and holidays were made more special by her music.

Galveston Island will always hold special memories as Katherine and L.D. spent many good times there. From the earliest days of their courtship and throughout the years they resided in Houston. They spent many good times on the beaches there with friends and family. L.D. worked for Shell Oil Refinery for more than 30 years and the couple decided they wanted to spend their retirement years in Walnut Springs. Their daughter Carol and her family had moved to Crowley, Texas a few years before and the move to Walnut would also enable the family to be closer together. As L.D.'s retirement neared they began to make trips to Walnut in preparation to relocate their own household along with Katherine's now elderly mother, Kate, and their daughter Cindy and their granddaughter Elizabeth all from Houston to Walnut Springs. L.D. retired in 1979 and by the summer of 1980 the move was complete.

Katherine and L.D. spent their retirement years together there in Walnut until L.D.'s death in November 2004. After L.D.'s death Katherine remained at home puttering about her home and yard and enjoying her cat Tinkerbell until 2011. She had begun to suffer from dementia and at this point it was decided she should move to Glen Rose Medical Center Nursing Home. She resided there until May 31, 2016 when the family decided it was time to bring her home to be cared for by family and home health care. She lived the last six months of her life in the comfort of her own home until on December 20, 2016 she decided it was time to go be with her beloved L.D.

Left to cherish her memories are her daughters, Carol Olson of Walnut Springs, Cindy Moore of Walnut Springs; grandchildren, Elizabeth Moore and husband, Ben Carmack of Walnut Springs, Diane Hildeth and husband, Dave, of North Richland Hills, Philip Linkous of Houston, Cheryl Heilman and husband, Frank, of Saginaw; 7 great-grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents, Lesley and Kate Bennet; brother, Richard Bennet, and husband, L.D. Levy.

Thoughts and memories may be shared with the family at

Arrangements were made by Lawson Funeral Home, Meridian, Texas 254-435-2792.

Facts Born: August 9, 1924
Place of Birth: Houston, TX
Death: December 20, 2016
Place of Death: Glen Rose, TX
Occupation: Homemaker

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