Billie Kathryn Butler, 88 of Lometa, passed away at Rollins-Brook Hospital in Lampasas on January1, 2017.
Kathryn was born February 11, 1928 in Sugarland, Texas to Claude and Bertha (Halamicek) Lancaster. She was an excellent student and graduated high school at age 16. She began attending Texas Tech at that young age where she was a speech major and developed a love of Shakespeare early on. She was an avid reader and loved plays, poetry and literature, proud of the fact that she completed the list of the 100 Greatest Books Ever Written.
She met her future husband, Robert Butler on a blind date while both were attending Texas Tech University. After receiving her BA, Kathryn taught High School in Hamlin for 2 years. She and Robert were married Aug.19, 1950. Afterward they moved to a ranch near Lometa where theylived for the past 66 years. Kathryn spent 19 years teaching second grade in the Lometa ISD and loved to tell of her experiences with her students. She loved to plant trees on Arbor Day with her students.
Kathryn was a member and officer of the Goldthwaite Garden Club for 60 years and the first President and lifelong member of the L-M (Lometa) Garden and Civic Club since its founding in 1959. She was a nationally accredited flower show judge and served as a judge at many area shows. She provided beautiful flower arrangements for the Lometa School and Lometa United Methodist Church over the years.
Kathryn was a wildflower expert and she and Robert gave wildflower preservation programs to groups in the area. They planted wildflower seeds every year at the Lometa Regional Park.
She and Robert loved to host the extended family and their guests for big July 4th and Thanksgiving celebrations. She took special treats to friends who were sick or unable to do for themselves. Kathryn was a wonderful friend and missed many friends who she lost in recent years. She was generous and giving.
Kathryn also entered the Chili Cookoff at the Lometa Diamondback Jubilee regularly and received many awards for the women’s chili and showmanship.
Kathryn was a die-hard Democrat who helped hold the elections at the community of Scallorn in Mills County for many years. She strongly believed in women’s rights and in equal rights for all.
She was a Girl Scout Leader for 15 years and a Cub Scout Den Mother.
Kathryn is survived by her husband Robert of 66 years; three children, Debora Terry and husband Tom of Lampasas, Robert Butler and wife Pam of Houston, and Belinda Gillum and husband Stanley of LaGrange. There are grandchildren, Jason Terry, Alison Weir, Chris Gillum, Amanda Talent, Samantha Butler and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Lana Sullenger and niece, Laura Lancaster.
Kathryn’s service will be a private family memorial.
Memorials may be made to Lometa United Methodist Church or Lometa Garden Club.
Her children asked her recently, “You’re 88 years old, Why are you still cooking food for senior citizens, you need to slow down. Her response was a quote from the poet Dylan Thomas: “Do not go gentle into that good night. Old age should burn and rave at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
John A. Warren of Burnet passed away onThursday December 29, 2016. John was born May 31, 1930 in Lampasas, Texas son of Robert and Verna Warren. John had one sister, Betty Gene Vanliew, who was older than him. She preceded him in death.
John graduated from Lampasas High School in 1949 and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1950. He married Margaret (Margie) Sivley on August 29, 1953. They moved to Austin where John started school at The University of Texas. He worked for The Texas Department of Transportation, Right of Way Division, Acquisition Section for 32 years. Both John and Margie (who worked at UT) retired on the same day. Retirement gave them time to visit with friends, travel, ranch, and research genealogy and restore old cars.
John met and began a ranching enterprise with Kenneth Pruitt and they moved to Burnet to run the ranch. He is survived by his daughter Suzanne (Suzie, Ms. Scott Regan) of Georgetown and two grandsons, Michael Warren Jr. (JR) of Edinburg and Ross Warren Regan of Georgetown. John was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lampasas.
Visitation will be Wednesday, January 4 at 10am and services will be held at 11am at Sneed Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lampasas.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the charity of your choice in his memory.