Kathryn O'Callaghan Ackett

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Kathryn O'Callaghan Ackett, age 92, passed away peacefully at Lake Springs Assisted Living in Buford on April 15, 2010. She was born Martha Kathryn Fitzpatrick on Dec. 9, 1917, the eldest of five children of Wesley Harris Fitzpatrick and Ruth Cureton Fitzpatrick.
She was preceded in death by her first husband of 35 years, William Lawrence O'Callaghan, who passed away in 1975; her second husband of 19 years, Howard W. Ackett, who passed away in 2003; and brother, Fred Cureton Fitzpatrick, who passed away as an infant.
She graduated with honors from Austell High School and attended Agnes Scott College and Draughon's School of Commerce in Atlanta. She began work with Retail Credit Corporation (now Equifax) and then with the Citizens & Southern Bank (now Bank of America). Later she became the secretary to the chief executive officers of National Institutional Food Distributors Association. In 1968, she became the secretary to the director of nursing of the new Cobb General Hospital. A year later she became the director of volunteers, a position she held until her retirement in 1984.
All the while she raised four children and found time to serve as president of the Austell Women's Club, president of the Cobb County Girl Scout Council and as acting executive director for one year. She was awarded Girl Scout's highest honor, the "Thanks Badge," and served on the Cobb County YWCA board. She served as president of the Women of the Church and as a deaconess in the Austell Presbyterian Church. In 1973, she was named Woman of the Year by the Austell Women's Club and nominated for State of Georgia Mother of the Year.
Her friends were often amazed at her ability to care for four children, keep a home running smoothly and still have time for civic and church work. Her home was a gathering place for family and friends. When her husband called to say that he was bringing friends home for dinner, she was always ready and greeted her guests with calmness as though she had all day to prepare for them.
She is survived by her four children and their spouses, William Lawrence O'Callaghan Jr. and his wife Faye Whitmire O'Callaghan, Patricia O'Callaghan Patterson and her husband James Meriwether Patterson, Robert Stuart O'Callaghan and his wife Donna Ward O'Callaghan, Rebecca O'Callaghan McFarland and her husband Robert Parker McFarland, all of whom live in the Atlanta area; 14 grandchildren, Diana O'Callaghan Corday, Meri Elizabeth Patterson Miller, John Patrick O'Callaghan, James O'Callaghan Patterson, Robert Stuart O'Callaghan Jr., Laura Patterson Schmerker, Kelly O'Callaghan Angel, Robert Parker McFarland Jr., William Lee Patterson, Bryan Alexander McFarland, Michael Lawrence O'Callaghan, Wesley Ward O'Callaghan, Preston Stuart McFarland, Kara Elizabeth McFarland; 16 great-grandchildren, Callie Noelle Corday, Kinsey Leigh Corday, Joshua James Corday, Summer Elizabeth Miller, Katherine Surprise Miller, Abigail Meriwether Miller, Patrick Bryce O'Callaghan, Connor Banks O'Callaghan, Delaney Grace O'Callaghan, Tobiah Colm O'Callaghan, Nevan Stuart O'Callaghan, Ada Brigid O'Callaghan, Isabel Katelyn Angel, Zachary Cash Angel, Kathryn Grace McFarland and Preston Bailey McFarland; a brother and two sisters, Wesley Harris Fitzpatrick Jr., Sara Fitzpatrick Burden, Ann Fitzpatrick Strickland.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, at Byars Funeral Home with the Rev. Derry Cochran officiating. There will also be a graveside service at Rose Hill Cemetery in Austell at 12:30 p.m. the same day with the Rev. Joseph W. Conyers Jr. officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Billy Graham Crusade or Georgia Chapter of the .
Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in ForsythNews.com from Apr. 16 to Apr. 19, 2010
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