KATHRYN P. LOPEZ At the Plainview, Texas hospital about noon on July 7, 1922, a baby girl was born. Her parents were Clyde C. and Ada Erma (Stutzman) Phillips. Ada Kathryn grew up on the family farm southwest of Hale Center, with a sister and a brother. She attended Hale Center public schools, graduating as valedictorian of her class in 1939. Kathryn enrolled in West Texas State Teachers College (now West Texas A & M University), majoring in home economics, she attended summer sessions as well as the regular semesters and finished in three and one half years. Her academic record earned her membership in Alpha Chi, a national scholarship society. Kathryn taught homemaking at Lockney High School the spring semester of 1943 and at Hale Center High School the academic year 1943-44. She then moved to Springer, New Mexico, where she taught homemaking for four years. She did one summer of graduate work in home economics at Iowa State University. It was in Springer that she met her husband, Lewis Lopez. They were married June 28, 1948, in Albuquerque, where they lived until 1957, when Lewis' work transferred him to Santa Fe. In Santa Fe Kathryn worked with a cooperative neighborhood kindergarten and then accepted a position as a librarian in the Santa Fe Public Schools, where she served until her retirement in 2005. She did volunteer library work after retirement. She was a member of Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society of women educators. She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church. Preceding Kathryn in death were her parents, her son Stephen in 1993, and her husband in 1999. She is survived by her son Ralph, her brother Paul Phillips of Weatherford, Texas, and her sister, Frances Phillips of Santa Fe, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at, 11 a.m. in the Chapel at Berardinelli Family Funeral Service followed by a luncheon at St. John's United Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail. Interment will be in Santa Fe National Cemetery on Tuesday, February 21, at 12:45 p.m. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505)984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Feb. 16, 2012