Kathleen Elizabeth Watts Phares|
Surrounded by her family, Kathleen Elizabeth Watts Phares, beloved wife, sister, aunt, grandmother, and friend died as gracefully as she lived, on December 16, 2013.after a valiant, courageous and dignified battle with breast cancer. Her family and friends are heartbroken, but rejoice that the battle is over and she is at peace.
Kathy was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 7, 1945, the third child of Ethel and George J. Watts, Jr. She was a bright and beautiful child, born with a tender and generous heart, who loved her family, her friends, her animals and her cherished Madam Alexander dolls. Her life was enriched by music, art, and literature and her gifts in these areas were obvious at an early age. Her clear soprano voice soared in the acoustics of Perkins Chapel at SMU when her brother, George married his late wife, Alice, and she was the soloist at their wedding ceremony. She was 11 years old.
Kathy majored in art at North Texas State University, and though she never pursued a commercial career, her talent for creating beauty was evident to anyone who ever viewed her art, entered her home, dined at her table, or asked where she shopped for her clothes! She was an avid reader. Her taste ranged across the spectrum of literature, though her collection was weighted toward history-particularly British history. In fiction, she was a keen scholar of the works of Charles Dickens, whom she began to read at a very young age.
She was a generous and loving friend to all who crossed her path. A brilliant conversationalist, Kathy had a rapier wit that could summarize a situation in a few succinct words that cut to the point she was making. Those who knew and loved her will deeply miss those conversations and the wisdom and insight she conveyed.
In addition, Kathy never met an animal she didn't love or want to rescue. Her particular passion was cats. She was "Mom" to a series of them throughout her life, most recently her adored Himalayan, Sam, adopted from foster care, whom she would want listed among her survivors.
While working at Texas Instruments in Houston, Texas, Kathy met the love of her life, her husband, Bill (Andrew) Phares. They married on June 17, 1995 and went on to build a life of excitement and joy, traveling the world, raising a succession of their beloved cats, and enjoying each other and their extended families, as they acquired multitudes of friends, all of whom mourn her death, but none more than Bill, who has said he does not know who he is without her.
Kathy is survived by Bill, and his sons, Todd Phares, his wife, Belinda and their son, Gavin, and daughter, Kennedy, as well as Mark Phares and his wife, Mary Frances, and Mark's sons, Griffin and Owen. Kathy adored those grandchildren and participated in their lives as much as she could.
She is also survived by her older siblings, brother George J. Watts, III of Georgetown, Texas and from Houston, Texas her sister Elaine Watts Scott and her husband, Parker, who was a loving brother to her as well. From her birth Kathy shared a bond with George and Elaine that even death will not break. Kathy was a loving, generous aunt to their children, her nephew and four nieces; George J. Watts, IV, Elizabeth (Betsy) Watts Winkle, Mary Watts Steger, Cynthia Ellen Scott (Cindy) and Susan Scott Beasley. She doted on the next generation-their children-as well: Dr. George J. Watts, V, and Lindsey Watts, children of George IV and the late Emily Shelton Watts, Kelly and Allie Winkle, children of Betsy and David Winkle, Elizabeth Steger Hayes and her husband, Patrick, and Ben Steger, children of Mary and Perry Steger, and Jackson Scott Beasley, son of Susan Scott Beasley and Beau Beasley. All survive their great-aunt.
We love you so, Kathy, and we thank God you were and are still a part of our lives.
A memorial service honoring her extraordinary life will be conducted by the Reverend Mopsy Andrews in the Chapel of Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay, Houston, Texas at11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 28, 2013.
For those who wish to honor their memory of her, Kathy requested contributions to the
, the SPCA, or the
Published in Houston Chronicle from Dec. 22 to Dec. 26, 2013