Catherine Q Paulus
Q Hightower, an Austin resident since 1960, passed peacefully to her eternal home on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at the age of 95. Born in Floresville, Texas on March 25, 1919, she was the 4th of 7 children of Dave and Josephine Houston Paulus. She was proud to be the great granddaughter of Gen. Sam Houston.
Q graduated from Sam Houston State Teachers College where she met her future husband, Ben Hightower, to whom she was married for 62 years before his death in 2003. She was also preceded in death by her parents and siblings, as well as her beloved grandson Jeffrey Bennett.
Q's teaching career began in 1951 in Willis, Texas, followed by six years in Beaumont and nearly 20 years in Austin. She was everyone's favorite teacher and several of her students have continued to keep in touch with her through the years. Q later worked at the Austin Public Library and Eye Institute of Austin. She volunteered many years at Seton Hospital and as a docent at the Governor's Mansion. She made lifelong friends of many to whom she taught English as a second language.
Q's blood ran burnt orange and she rarely missed a Mack Brown Women's Football Clinic. She was an avid bridge player, playing several times a week up until her death. Her wonderful sense of humor could light up any room. She was truly a treasure to all who were lucky enough to know her and she will be sorely missed. She was a firm believer in greeting each day with a smile and quick to encourage others to do the same.
Q is survived by her son, John Buckner Hightower, and her daughter, Elizabeth Ann "Becky" Stathos and three grandchildren - Stacy Palmer (David), Chris Hightower (Jamie), and Dan Stathos IV (Jennifer). She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren - Madison and Jordan Fredrick, Elizabeth Palmer Ayala (Roberto), Amber Barrera Crowe (Chris), Michael Barrera, and Isaac, Hannah, Josephine, David Jr., Noah, Toby, Zoe, Trinity and Phoebe Palmer. Her great-great grandchildren Katelyn and Jaxson Crowe, and Lucas Ayala also survive her, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Heart Hospital, Hospice Austin, and her longtime caregiver, Janie Mendez for their excellent care. Special thanks to all the friends who kept her in their prayers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to For the Love of Christi at fortheloveofchristi.org or a
. Condolences may be shared with the family at CookWaldenFuneralHome.com.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, at St. John's United Methodist Church, 2140 Allandale Road.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from May 2 to May 3, 2014