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“Dear Kim, Karon and Angie - I am so sorry to hear of your sweet Mom's passing.....It's been so many many years since we've seen each other. I...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: Holly Hale - Newmarket, NH

“KATHY WAS A PRECIOUS LADY. JACK AND I ALWAYS LOVED SEEING HER AND BEING IN HER PRESENCE. WE KNOW YOU WILL MISS HER ”
2 of 31 | Posted by: JACK AND JOYCE MARONEY - AUSTIN, TX

“Dear girls, Your mother's passing hit me hard. You may not have known how much I loved and admired her. I will forever regret not seeing her in a...Read More »
3 of 31 | Posted by: Jane German - Austin, TX

“I am deeply saddened by Kathy's death. She was a precious and special lady and despite our years away from each other's lives, I still counted her...Read More »
4 of 31 | Posted by: Pris Williams - Fredericksburg, TX

“So sorry for your loss. She was a great person. ”
5 of 31 | Posted by: Graham Williams - Chicago, IL

“Angela, Karon, Kim I am sorry for the loss of your mother. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. Love & Peace, Will ”
6 of 31 | Posted by: Will Nagel - Irvine, CA - Friend

“From the Waco High School Class of 1958, It is with deep sadness that we have lost a treasured member of our class. Kathy was unable to...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Carolyn Payne Lomax - Waco, TX

“HAVE TREASURED OUR FRIENDSHIP SINCE WE WERE IN JR. HIGH TOGETHER. IT HAS BEEN A FRIENDSHIP THAT I HAVE ALWAYS TREASURED. ONE OF MY OLDEST...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: ANITA SEISER - IRVING, TX

“It is many years ago that Kathy was a helper in Sunday School at FUMC and I was Angie's teacher. I have always remembered her as such a beautiful...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Eileen Thompson - Austin, TX

“Kim, Karon and Angie -- As you grieve, please take comfort in the fact you are blessed to have been the most important part of Kathy's wonderful...Read More »
10 of 31 | Posted by: Neal Spelce - Austin, TX

“Kathy will be missed by those of us who admired her. Her beautiful, infectious smile was her trademark. She worked tirelessly for the causes for...Read More »
11 of 31 | Posted by: Ruth Ann Spivey - Austin, TX

“Oh how sad I am. One of the highlights of my Austin Symphony evenings was getting a chance to see Kathy & having a short visit about "the kids". I...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: Mary Ann Parker - Austin, TX

“my deepest sympath to the family..... ”
13 of 31 | Posted by: anita sykes - chicago, IL

“My memory of Cathy is one of a popular, friendly and beautiful girl. As is often the case when we graduate, we all go down different paths and only...Read More »
14 of 31 | Posted by: W.T.(Bill)Smith - Burnet, TX

“My deep sympathy for the passing of this fine lady. She was a wonderful volunteer. From fellow Governors Mansion Docent, Marie Aydam ”
15 of 31 | Posted by: Marie Aydam - austin, TX - Friend

“My thoughts and prayers go to Kathy's beloved family that they will be comforted by the memories of her kindness and loving spirit. I was privileged...Read More »
16 of 31 | Posted by: Jo Anna Schultz Osterman - Austin, TX

“Kim, Karon and Angie, We are devastated by your recent loss. Your mom was so "big" in all of your lives and we know that her legacy lives on thru...Read More »
17 of 31 | Posted by: Dori Witt - Austin, TX

“Dear Family, Jonathan and I were shocked and saddened to see the news of Kathy's death. She was always such a lovely person to be around and she...Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: Holly and Jonathan Decherd - TX

“I was so sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. I have served with Kathy for many years as a docent and always enjoyed the times we spent together. ...Read More »
19 of 31 | Posted by: Susan Peloquin - Austin, TX

“I was sad to hear of Kathy's passing. While my interactions with Kathy were few, her legacy is easy to witness in the lives of her daughters and...Read More »
20 of 31 | Posted by: Bob Payton - Wichita Falls, TX

“Please know that my prayers are with you in your grief and the loss of your mother. Seems like just a brief time ago that we were girls together. ...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: Mary Beth Gibson - Lexington, TX

“My mom, Rubye Bru, adored and admired Kathy. She was always so nice to mom and me. I visited Kathy's house many times growing uo, and she was always...Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: Henry Robertson - Cedar Park, TX

“Angela, Karon, Kim and your families, please know that Russell and I were deeply saddened by the news of Kathy's passing. We did not see Kathy very...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: Vivian and Russell Godby - NM

“Kim, We are so sorry for your loss. Mom's are very special and your mom was on top of that list. So kind, sweet and loving and always willing to...Read More »
24 of 31 | Posted by: Sharon Agee - Austin, TX

“Our hearts and prayers go out for y'all! I hope you can find strength and comfort in the love of your family and from the many wonderful memories of...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Bob Poe Jr. - Round Rock, TX

“Kathy was so special to so many.....the embodiment of grace and calm. I loved her dearly, mourn her loss with you, and pray for the blessing of...Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: Patsy Robb - Waco, TX

“Kathy and I were seat-mates on a SAGE trip & I got to know and love her from then on. We were members of the Arbor Society &Austin Symphony. Kathy...Read More »
27 of 31 | Posted by: Betty Fredeman - Austin, TX

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathy's family; Kathy was a light in our world. I worked with Kathy in many of her volunteer organizations,...Read More »
28 of 31 | Posted by: Jeani Smith - Austin, TX - friend

“Our sympathy--Kathy was loved by all of us and we will miss her, especially her warm smile, and the loving, caring person, she always was. God be...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: BILL AND ARDELL RETZLAFF - TEMPLE, TX

“I was deeply saddened to learn of Kathy's passing. She was a beautiful lady and wonderful Mother and Grandmother. My heartfelt sympathy to all her...Read More »
30 of 31 | Posted by: Jill Nicholson - Austin, TX

“Growing up with Karon, I always remember Kathy as such a gracious hostess. She was beautiful, smart and she reminded me of someone from Southern...Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: Bethany Gonzales - Austin, TX


Today we celebrate the life of Helen Kathryn "Kathy" Tonahill Rogers. Kathy was born January 19th, 1941 in Waco, Texas to Geneva & Denzil Tonahill. She passed away, surrounded by her family, in Austin, Texas on March 20, 2014.

Kathy grew up in Waco, attended Baylor University, and graduated in 1978 from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in accounting. She held professional positions as a CPA with the University of Texas. After her retirement, Kathy enjoyed traveling, being active in a number of civic organizations, gardening, entertaining and being a mother and grandmother.

Kathy was a member of many Austin organizations, including serving as Sustainer in the Junior League of Austin and the Sustainers Garden Workshop. the Helping Hand Home for Children, the Antiques Club of Austin, the Austin Women's Club, the Settlement Club and UT SAGE classes for continuing education. She served as president of the Docents of the Governor's Mansion, was an Austin Symphony Orchestra season ticket holder and attended the Symphony's Arbor Lecture series. She was active in book club and was a member of Tarrytown United Methodist Church. Kathy was a sought after member of these organizations because she was disciplined, reliable and participatory. You could count of Kathy; she was someone you wanted on your committee.

Kathy loved her family above all. She spent her life supporting her daughters and their children in everything they did. From her "Camp Kaki" in the summer to attending her grandchildren's concerts, recitals or sporting events, spending time with Kaki was always fun.

Kathy is survived by her loving family, Kim & Dave Murray, Karon & Ken Shouse, Angela & Carlos Godby, Caroline Murray, Margaret Murray, Corbin Shouse, Kathryn Shouse and Adele Godby.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to either the Foundation For Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types (www.firstskinfoundation.org) or The Settlement Home of Austin.

A celebration of Kathy's life will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 11:00AM at Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition Boulevard. All are welcome at a reception immediately following the service in the church Fellowship Hall.