Carol ‘Katie’ Myers

Carol “Katie” Myers, 80, of New Richmond completed her assignment on this earth Saturday morning April 13, 2019. She enjoyed early mornings so it was fitting she began her new life in Heaven at 4:06 a.m.

Katie was born Jan. 30, 1939, to Lois and Harley Mills of Olivet, Illinois, whom have preceded her in death. She has a brother, Ernie Mills, and two sisters, Norma Walker and Donna Taylor, all of whom she loved dearly as they constantly filled the room with laughter when they were together. Her siblings all survive.

Katie’s childhood was in Olivet, where she loved to be outside. She loved flowers and playing with her kittens. Most of all she loved teasing her siblings. Katie attended Georgetown High School and was involved with numerous activities and clubs. She was the homecoming queen in 1957.

She married her former husband, Don Myers, on June 21, 1958, whom preceded her in death. They farmed for most of their adventure together around Catlin, Illinois, and moved to New Richmond in March of 1969. She work several places including GE, as real estate agent and most recent at USPS. That is what she did — the following is who she was.

Katie’s first commitment was to be a caring and loving mom to her four children — an assignment well done! Her children are Greg Myers (spouse Michelle) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Kristi Myers-Sutter (spouse Mark Verbeke) of Atlanta Georgia, Kimberly Crum of Greenville, South Carolina, and Gene Myers (spouse Montrey) of New Richmond. She sacrificed daily and worked tirelessly to provide for her children. At a time when there where no modern conveniences and limited resources she made each meal feel like a feast. She loved her children being around the table. She imparted a caring spirit, her devoted faith and quirky sense of humor. She loved to laugh. Her home was often filled with her children’s friends and they also felt something special.

Later, Katie assumed another special purpose to make each of her 12 grandchildren feel like they were her favorite — a debate that will continue for some time. She shared her sense of humor with each one  Grandma Katie shared with them the importance of the four major food groups — coffee, pizza, ice cream and popcorn. Every day should begin with coffee along with any conversation during the day. Pizza was perfect for celebrations, never ever pass up ice cream and there was no better snack than popcorn. They went to her for wisdom and to solve daily problems. She always had time to listen. Most of her grandchildren introduced their future spouses to Grandma Katie first to make sure they passed her “test” before introducing them to the rest of the family. One grandson, Jacob, preceded her in death.

Her last responsibility her on earth, which she gladly accepted, was to be a great-grandmother — but she was still known as Grandma Katie. She made each of her 18 great-grandchildren feel like they were the only one — lots of hugs and kisses and a playful spirit. For them, she added marshmallows and candy to the major food groups. Her health limited some of her activities later in life, but not her caring spirit and sense of humor. She made their time together fun.

Her family and friends will celebrate her life with a visitation 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 19 at Friends and Family Funeral Home of Wingate. Katie’s celebration service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at the funeral home, with Pastor Allen Sparks officiating. Graveside services will follow in Georgetown Cemetery noon CST.  The family asks in lieu of flowers consider a donation in her name to a ministry important to her: Through the Gate in Linden, www.throughthegate.org.

To sign the guest book or share a condolence visit us at www.familyandfriendsfh.com.