Kathryn Lathim, 101, died Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at her home in Muskogee. She was born in the old Muskogee Baptist Hospital, which no longer exists, on August 26, 1917, to James A. and Kate Faught Lathim. She attended the following Muskogee schools, none of which now exists: Jefferson, West High, and Muskogee Jr. College, also known as “Bessie Huff University”. She then attended and graduated from Oklahoma University- Boomer Sooner.
Her first employer was Oklahoma Gas & Electric. She quit to take employment with the British-American Oil Producing Company at Oklahoma City after WWII. She returned to Muskogee in 1956 to take care of her father, following the death of her mother. She worked for the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs as a Realty Specialist until she retired in August, 1979.
Kathryn volunteered for and served a number of functions in Muskogee, including Volunteer Coordinator for the Five Civilized Tribes Museum for seven years, the Food Pantry of the First Presbyterian Church, and worked in the Muskogee Regional Medical Center Gift Shop. She was a member of the Cradle Roll Sunday School at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, then at 7th Street and Boston, and years later was Treasurer of the Fellowship Sunday School class at St. Paul’s.
Kathryn was primarily responsible for organizing the Neuropathy Support Group at St. Paul’s Church. Also, she was especially proud of establishing the Kathryn L. Lathim Scholarship Fund for St. Paul’s college students, which continues after her death.
Kathryn was addicted to stamp collecting. She loved the hobby and held offices in the Muskogee Stamp Club for forty years. She was the first member of that organization to earn an Honorary Lifetime Membership for her contributions. She truly enjoyed traveling to the various First Day of Issue ceremonies at various locations, including Cape Canaveral, Florida, Hawaii, and numerous other locations.
Kathryn lived 66 years in the family home, built by her parents, at 418 South 15th Street.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James A. Lathim of Muskogee and her brother, James A. Lathim, Jr. of Dallas, Texas.
She is survived by several cousins and special friends.
Any memorial may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, for the Kathryn L. Lathim Scholarship Fund.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2019 at St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
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