Katherine Hankamer Norris
Services for Houston native and sixth generation Texan, Katherine Hankamer Norris, will be held at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road, on Wednesday, August 24th at 2 p.m. Katherine loved her church, that of her mother, Geraldine Brown Hankamer Goodell, who was an early member. Katherine's faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior was profound and brought her great peace during her month-long illness, as did the many priests from both St Martin's and St John's, who visited her daily at Houston Hospice. Her passing reflected her life, sweetness and strength always.
Katherine was a firstborn child, who entered this life on November 2, 1940, the only daughter of the late Earl Curtis Hankamer, Jr. and the late Geraldine Brown Hankamer Goodell. She adored and was adored by her grandparents, the late Earl C. Hankamer and Lena "Linda" Hankamer of Sour Lake and Hankamer, Texas and the late Claude Morrell Brown and Charlotte Crabtree Belew of Fort Worth.
Katherine's beloved husband of fifty-four years, Jan D. Norris, was her greatest supporter, and was in awe of her accomplishments. They shared a tremendous Christian faith and a deep loyalty to their friends. As Jan always said, "Katherine has class." She was a beautiful woman, through and through.
Katherine leaves behind her eldest daughter, Anne Peterson of Houston, whose late husband Tom, was a treasure; she also leaves behind her second-born, Tulane Professor Vivian Norris, Ph.D., of Paris and New Orleans, and her youngest, Jeffrey D. Norris who resides in the Texas Hill Country Katherine so loved. She so adored spending time with her French-American granddaughter, Lene Tassin de Montaigu, in both Europe and Texas. Katherine welcomed Vivian's life-partner, Dr. Charles Chamberlain III, and his children, Joshua and Jennifer, of New Orleans, into her life with great joy. She loved her aunt Camille Hankamer and her Hankamer and Ball cousins, sharing family memories, as Katherine deeply appreciated her family history.
Katherine attended UT-Austin, University of Houston and completed her undergraduate coursework at Tulane University in New Orleans. She held graduate degrees in Psychology (M.A.) and Family Therapy and worked with Dr. Bratting at the Texas Institute for Family Psychiatry, and in private practice. Katherine enjoyed the Houston Ballet, the Houston Grand Opera, which her paternal grandmother served as director of during its early years, and the Alley Theatre as well as attending lectures at the Jung Institute. She taught Art Appreciation at her children's' schools and enjoyed participating in numerous social, political and fundraising activities in Houston over the decades.
She also held a degree from the Glasell School of Art, having studied in the early days, with artists such as Dick Wray. She exhibited regularly with a group of women artists at the Tony Jones Gallery in Houston.
Katherine celebrated life fully and cherished her many old friends, many from her much loved summers at Camp Waldemar, Lake McQueeney, and Wimberley, and during her years at the Kinkaid School and Lamar High School, and especially the women she played mahjong and bridge with, those in her book club, and with whom shared her interests in the Arts and Psychology, including: Judy Armogida, Virginia Kolter, Fab Wallace, Mary Kappel, Linda Norton, Tina Boettcher Hollingsworth Bullitt, Aileen Raines, Mary Sue Westmoreland, Sue High and so many other wonderful women.
Katherine was predeceased by her beloved youngest brother, Randy Hankamer and had such fond childhood memories of her brothers Doug and Earl, whose families she loved very much. She so appreciated Jan's family as well, including Kerry Tate of Austin and Harlan Norris of Pueblo, Colorado and their many friends in Louisiana.
The family wishes to thank the staff, doctors and especially the kind, professional nurses at Houston Hospice who did their utmost to ensure Katherine's comfort and peace during her last days.
Katherine was a member of the Petroleum Club in Houston, a Patron of the Junior League, and an active member of the River Oaks Breakfast Club, and Bible Studies at both St Martin's and St John's churches. She and Jan were also early members of Tallowood Baptist Church, where Katherine taught English to newly arrived wives of businessmen from around the world.
Pallbearers include: Pete Roussel, Rob Rowland, Ryan Self, Ron Hall, Bill Cook, Tom Miller, Clyde Bridges, Don Roark, Jim Westmoreland, Bob Nicholas, Jack Webb, and Lt. Col. Robert C. "Fud" Caldwell, Rtd.
Honorary Pallbearers include: Dr. Charles Chamberlain III, Ralph Balasco, Philip A. Masquelette, Jim Reichert, Jerry Richards, Gene van Dyke, Steve Murdoch.
Donations in lieu of flowers to Houston Hospice 1905 Holcombe Blvd Houston, Texas, and St Martin's Episcopal Church. A reception for friends and family will take place immediately following the service.