Katherine Ann Rickert, 71 of Orange, died Sept. 14, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, after a prolonged illness.

Kathie and her family would like to thank everyone who helped care for her these last few months. We want to thank the physicians and staff of Christus St. Elizabeth and Dubuis Hospitals of Beaumont, with special thanks to her doctor, Dr. Jay Schachner.

Kathie was born Aug. 21, 1940 in Nacogdoches, to William Blanchard and Carrie Mae Rayburn. She graduated from Little Cypress High School in 1958. Kathie enjoyed serving her community through her work at the County Clerk’s Office where she was employed until her retirement. She had many life-long friends from her work there.

Kathie enjoyed playing dominos and board games with her family. Kathie was an avid fisherman. She learned to fish from her mother, father, Aunt Bea, Uncle Leonard and family friends. She passed the love of fishing on to her children. There is still strong family debate as to who is the best fisherman. Her son Eddie will adamantly claim the title.

Kathie loved to read and she participated in book swapping with her friends. She passed the love of reading on to her granddaughter Cheyanne and had her reading adult mystery novels at the age of nine. Kathie loved Country, Cajun, and old gospel music. She worked hard to provide her children with music and singing lessons. She encouraged their music appreciation and participation in both church and school choirs and bands.

Kathie worked full-time and still made sure her children were always involved in school and community activities. She helped care for her grandchildren and was a very loving Granny. She was always willing to participate in a good game of hide-and-seek. Her walls were full of loving family photos.

Kathie was an active church member and taught Sunday School for many years. She was a member of MacArthur Heights Baptist Church during her teenage years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Amelia, LA. Upon returning to Texas in 1976, she was a long-time member of Little Cypress Baptist Church where she enjoyed many friendships. She is currently a member of Not In Darkness Baptist Church.

Kathie was preceded in death by her parents and her nephew, John Rayburn II.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, W. William (Bill) Rickert of Orange; daughter and son-in-law Sharon and Jason Ramsey of Indiana; daughter Dr. Stacey Fedder, M.D. of Syracuse, NY; and son Eddie Rickert of Alvin; her grandchildren Sierra Fedder, Cheyanne Fedder, Meagan Rickert and Amanda Rickert.

Also surviving are her brother John Marshall (Buddy) Rayburn of Mauriceville; her nephew and his family Chris and Leigh Anne Rayburn of Houston; and his daughter Harley Rayburn of Mauriceville; her niece Courtney Rayburn of California; and her cousins, who were like sisters to her, Joyce Smith of Orange, and Yvonne Davis of Port Arthur; and other cousins and relatives.

Kathie donated her body to science, which was a wish of hers once she found out that four medical students share one body. She suffered and died with autoimmune disease, which rendered her body unfit for use by medical students, but will still be used for the benefit of society. She would want you to consider this as an option for yourself.

Special thanks to Dorman Funeral Home for donating their services required for the facilitation of the donation process.

Memorial services will be held Monday, Sept. 19, at 6:00 pm at The Family Life Center of Little Cypress Baptist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Carlos Quisenberry and the Rev. David Turner, the pastors of Not In Darkness Baptist Church, and Little Cypress Baptist Church.