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Kathryn Ann Mundell Stephenson


1917 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Kathryn Ann Mundell Stephenson Obituary
Kathryn Ann Mundell Stephenson of Edmond peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior early in the morning of June 16, 2011, surrounded by her loving family.  She lived a full and rich life marked by her faith in God, selfless devotion to family and friends, wonderful wit, and the talent and willingness to accomplish much.
Kathryn was born October 10, 1917, in Tucumcari, New Mexico to Rhemic Clark and Mary Willie Moyers Mundell, and grew up in the nearby community of San Jon on her family's ranch - land acquired by her mother under a land grant in 1912, the year New Mexico became a state. After graduating as Valedictorian of her high school class, she attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois for one year, then returned to New Mexico as part of the first graduating class of Eastern New Mexico Junior College (now ENMU) in Portales where she was the school's first student body President and Valedictorian.  She continued her education at the University of Southern California in Los
Angeles, graduating in 1938 with a BA in English and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
After graduating from college, she returned to New Mexico, teaching school in the communities of Logan and Tatum before returning to the place of her birth to teach English at Tucumcari High School in 1941. While teaching at THS, she made the acquaintance of the Band Director, Rowland Glass (R. G.) Stephenson; they were married in Tucumcari on April 3, 1943.  She left the teaching profession the following year after the birth of Elizabeth Ann (Libby) on July 3, 1944.  R. G. continued his lifelong career in education, later serving as math teacher, director of curriculum, and high school principal.  A son, James Rowland (Jamie), was born October 30, 1957.
An accomplished musician, Kathryn was the pianist and organist at First Baptist Church in Tucumcari for many years, and further utilized her musical abilities in various community and professional capacities. She also served on the staff of First Baptist Church for 11 years as Director of Education, a position she considered the most rewarding of her professional life.  Among her other interests, involvements and accomplishments were becoming the first female Rotarian in Tucumcari and later honored as a Paul Harris Fellow, a certified librarian, founding regent of the Tucumcari Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Registered Parliamentarian, Mensa member, board member for the New Mexico Baptist Foundation, and involvement with numerous other church, school, and civic activities.
Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband, R. G., on June 26, 1982, and her daughter, Libby Swinney, on April 30, 2009. 
She continued living in Tucumcari until September 1999 when she chose to move to Edmond to be closer to Jamie and his family.  Becoming an "Okie" was an easy transition as she frequently remarked about the warm hospitality, generosity and friendliness of those in her adopted state.  Shortly after moving to Edmond, she joined her family as a member of First Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, where she established many rich and rewarding friendships. 
Survivors include her son Jamie, his wife, Susan and grandsons, Bryan and Aaron of Edmond; grandson, Kirk Swinney of San Antonio; granddaughter, Pamela Elliott and her husband, James of Christiana, Tennessee; and three great granddaughters, Kailyn, Khepri, and Kenzie Swinney. 
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Legacy of Care Fund at First Baptist Church, Oklahoma City.
Memorial services were Monday, June 20 2011, at 1:00 PM in the First Baptist Church of  Tucumcari. Interement service preceded the Memorial service at 10:00 AM June 20, 2011, in the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery.
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