Betty Kathryn “Kitty” Bickham, 73, of Deweyville, passed away Saturday, Dec. 24, at her home following an illness.

Services to honor her life will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the First Baptist Church in Deweyville with the Rev. Damon Bickham, officiating and the Rev. Brad Bickham handling the music. Rite of Christian Burial and Interment will follow services in the Deweyville Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.

A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Monday at the church. Services are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.

Kitty was born on Sept. 16, 1938 in Bronson, to her parents, Thomas Wright Tompkins and Mory Melvina (Fountain) Tompkins, she was a longtime resident of the Deweyville community, a member of the First Baptist Church in Deweyville and she worked as a postal carrier for the United States Postal Service, retiring in 1997.

Kitty was a very kind, loving soul who cared for her family and the children of others, she was the rock in her family and always managed to be the shoulder for many to receive support on or the ear that listened to others and was always without judgment. Kitty will be fondly remembered not only for her love of her family and so many people, but also for the cooking that she did for so many.

Her children fondly recall her French toast and her recipe for Butter Rolls which she learned from her mother-in-law.

Those who await Kitty at heaven’s gate are her parents; her husband, Lee Roy Bickham, Sr. and her brothers and sisters.

Those who will most cherish her memory are her daughters, Denise Slone and husband, Jerry and Mory Dans and husband, Brian all of Deweyville; her sons, Lee Roy Bickham, Jr. and wife, Carol of Hughes Spring, and Thomas Bickham and wife, Melissa of Chandler, AZ.

And let it go without saying that Kitty will also be missed by her ten grandchildren, six great grandchildren and numerous members of her extended family.

For those who desire memorial contributions, the family has requested that donations be made in memory of Kitty to the First Baptist Church in Deweyville, Post Office Box 79, Deweyville, Texas 77614-0079.