I met Ms. Kathryn many years ago at the Young Alabma Banker's Convention at Gulf Shores, Alabama (in the 70's)where she distributed copies of her story about the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham. I think a bank actually printed those for distribution.
I still have my autographed copy. From that meeting, I attended every story telling in Alabama where Kathryn was speaking and teacher conferences, and started attending the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro about ten years ago where she was not only the Matriarch of Storytelling, but the beloved storyteller that everyone wanted to hear over and over. I went to the Methodist Church in Huntsville, AL to hear Katherine and Donald Davis speak only to find out about her fall and illnesses. I will never forget her stories and the wonderful way she had in telling them. The storytelling festival will go on, but will never be the same. I also called to get the Donald David "Remembering Katherine" in the Storytelling Center to find out it was sold out after only six hours. Not surprised. Thanks for the memories. I reread her books often and treasure the wonderful inscriptions she took time to personalize, but my favorite treasure is a post card she mailed me on one of the "Jeffrie cards" to thank me for a picture I gave her last year at Jonesboro. You are a blessed family to have such a special Mom loved by millions. I'm so sorry for your loss, but heaven is certainly rejoicing. Susan