Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018
July 25, 1924 - December 08, 2018
Katherine Wainwright, 94, passed from death into life eternal on December 8, 2018, while a resident of Southern Hills Healthcare, Shreveport. She was born July 25, 1924, in a small community near Daingerfield, TX. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett Wainwright; parents, Jim and Bernice Williams; brothers: J.D. & J.B. Williams (twins), Truitt Williams, and one sister, Mary Lou Phillips.
Emmett and Katherine Wainwright were married November 11, 1946, in Shreveport, LA. They celebrated 64 loving years together before he passed in 2010. She was his caregiver 24/7 during 14 months battling cancer. Appropriately, he died in her arms at home. Emmett was the love of her life, and he affectionately referred to her as his “yellow rose of Texas”. They were constant companions, particularly following retirement.
Katherine is survived by her daughters: Ann Erwin of Shreveport, Kay Shafer (John) of Longview, TX, and one son, Jim Wainwright (Sue) of Shreveport. Grandchildren: Kathy Shafer Davis (Tim) of Dallas, Karen Shafer Hathorn (James) of Houston, Janna Wainwright Nickels of Houston, Craig Erwin (Jennifer) of Austin, Danny Erwin (Sherri) of Shreveport, Steve Erwin (Carla) of Shreveport. She was also a proud great grandmother to 8. Also, left to cherish her memory is her youngest sibling, Joyce Pearson of Daingerfield, TX, 3 sisters-in-law, and several nieces and nephews, with whom she shared loving relationships.
Katherine was the oldest of six siblings, and was raised on a working farm in East Texas, with all the kids doing the labor alongside their parents. She was never shy of hard, manual labor. In fact, she and Emmett worked a vegetable garden for years, as well as doing their own lawn care together. Her true joy was flower gardening, and watching things grow into beauty. She loved to have her hands in the dirt and being in the sunshine.
Upon high school graduation, she boarded a bus to Shreveport where she entered training to become a Registered Nurse. Though very homesick, Katherine stuck it out, so as not to disappoint her dad…and she never did! She loved helping people, and worked in that profession for decades before retiring from (formerly) LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, after 25 years.
Once Katherine was in Shreveport, she eventually met a young, Army soldier (Emmett), fresh from WW II. They always believed God had intentionally brought them together, and so the young couple began their married life in Shreveport, and she made the city her lifelong home. In August of 1956, Emmett and Katherine committed their lives to the Lord, becoming Christians through baptism and accepting Jesus as their Savior. Over the decades to follow, they each served in the Church in various ways. Most recently, they worshipped at Westview Christian Church in Shreveport, the congregation where they had raised their three children.
Very special thanks to Katherine’s sister-in-law, Jo Dean Wainwright Thames and her husband, Buddy, for their faithful, daily visits and acts of love. Also, much appreciation is extended to Life Path Hospice RN, Mylissa Levy, and social workers, Brandi Stephens and Sara Boswell, who gave her daughters needed support in these last weeks.
We, her daughters, would like you to understand that the mother we knew and loved so deeply was taken from us long before the event that brings us here today. Due to the evils of Alzheimer’s disease, her memory was stolen, her history lost to her, and each relationship became a blank. However, today, we honor and remember this special mother and Christian woman as she was, before her long struggle that has now thankfully ended. She was kind, caring, helpful, and loving, and we know she is all of those things once again. As Scripture tells us: to be absent from the body is to be present with Him. We praise God for His promises!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28