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Kathryn Jo Plowman Diekman

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Kathryn Jo Plowman Diekman, 86, died in Colorado Springs Feb. 9. To be Buried in Santa Fe National Cemetery with Kenneth Plowman.

Kathryn Jo Plowman Diekman, 86, died February 9 after years of battling coronary heart disease. Her heart finally failed, but Kathryn's loving heart never failed her family. She was much loved in return.

Kathryn died in the Colorado Springs home she shared for the last 15 years with her daughter Jo Anne's family, shortly after saying goodbye to her son Mark Plowman and his family. She was holding the hand of daughter Jan Seagrave.

Kathryn was born Dec. 2, 1928 in Wink, Texas to Nettie Rae Cunningham Wyatt and Alfred Wyatt. Her parents divorced and Kathryn moved with her mother and grandmother to another Texas oil town, Henderson, where Nettie opened a café.

When World War II broke out, Kathryn's mother worked in a defense plant near Long Beach. Kathryn loved California, especially going with her friends to watch big band dances for servicemen. "Those sailors could dance better than Gene Kelly," she recalled.

After the war, women's jobs were given back to returning veterans, Kathryn returned to Texas for her senior year at Weatherford High School. She soon fell in love with and married Kenneth Plowman, who had returned to his hometown after serving in the U.S. Navy.

Kenneth noticed his shy wife had a beautiful voice and encouraged her to audition for a Texas Christian University music scholarship, which she won. A lyric soprano, Kathryn appeared in Ft. Worth Civic Opera productions. She also sang on the radio with a trio.

Kathryn then passed her love for music to her family. She was especially proud when her musical children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren sang in church or school choirs, theater productions or played with bands or orchestras.

The Plowman family moved in 1962 to Alamogordo, New Mexico where they opened Plowman Office Supply. Tragedy struck the family again when Kenneth was diagnosed with lung cancer. Kenneth died in the Veteran's Hospital in Albuquerque Feb. 12, 1969 and was buried in Santa Fe.

Kathryn moved to Colorado Springs near her daughter's family. She later married Richard Diekman, who owned a ranch near Burlington, CO. For 20 years, she helped him run it. The farm was a place of happy memories for Kathryn's family. After Richard died, Kathryn moved back to Colorado Springs.

The joys of her life were her grandchildren Dianne Perea, Jeffrey Schwab and Jennifer Becker of Colorado Springs, Melissa Teuton of Chapel Hill, NC, Elizabeth Nunan of Pleasant Hill, CA and Jillian Head of Brooklyn, NY, Rachel Plowman of Rio Rancho and Samuel Plowman of Albuquerque, NM. Kathryn is also survived by seven great-grandchildren - Emily and Olivia Perea, Addison and Kathryn Schwab, Markus and Azalea Teuton and Alice James Nunan.

Kathryn Jo and Kenneth will be honored by a musical memorial given by their family at a time to be announced. Her ashes will be interred in his grave at the beautiful Santa Fe's National Cemetery.

Published in The Gazette on Feb. 23, 2014
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