Catherine "Katie" Ann Jennings of Houston, Texas passed away on September 11, 2018, surrounded by family in their home.
Funeral services will be Friday, October 12that 11 a.m. at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Houston with a reception following. Arrangements were made by Klein Funeral Home.
Katie was born in 1949 in Oak Park, Illinois, the only child of Catherine O'Shaughnessy Ridenor and Walter C. Ridenor, both of whom precede her in death. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, David Jennings, her children Patrick of Richardson, Texas, his wife Julie and their sons Conor and Sean, who were the delights of Katie's life, Breandan Jennings of New Orleans, Louisiana and Colin Jennings of Boise, Idaho.
Katie was a true friend, a "boy mom" before her time and an avid collector of cookbooks. She never met a plant she couldn't grow and found peace in her garden. She loved medieval art, history and literature, and very much admired the strong women of those times. She was a fighter, beating the odds time and time again. She was an inspiration to and was inspired by her "chemo friends." She cherished every bell they rang, signifying the end of a course of chemotherapy.
Katie's family extends its heartfelt thanks to the caring, tireless staff at the Baylor Clinic, Dr. Benjamin Musher and his team, and Dr. William Fisher for the attentive care each provided to Katie. Additional thanks go to the nurses and staff at the Baylor Clinic's Infusion Center for their kindness, care, and additional four-and-one-half quality years of life with Katie.
The family also thanks Karen Smith, Becky and Mike Hooper, Nadine and Doug Wittenberg, Megan and Andrew Costanza, Theresa McCarl, Susan and David Griffin, Aimee and Patrick O'Shaughnessy and Judith and Eddie Black who were rocks of help and comfort to Katie and the rest of the family throughout her struggle with cancer. We thank Katie's very caring cousins in New Orleans who made it possible for her to ride on one of the floats during Mardi Gras this past year. Special thanks to Marie and Michael Capellas who were so helpful and generous in supporting Katie and her quality of life from the time of her diagnosis. Finally, we thank Cardinal Daniel DiNardo for providing Katie the Last Rites of her faith in the hours before her death.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Katie Jenning's name to the Elkins Pancreas Center at Baylor College of Medicine or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.