Katharine “Katie” Billman Anthony, age 73, of Amarillo died on Monday September 19, 2011.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday September 24, 2011 at 11:00 am in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel 2800 Paramount Blvd. with Don Weemes, pastor of Victory Church officiating. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery following the service.
Katie was born February 18, 1938 in Evanston, Illinois to Katharine and Charles BIllman. She had 1 brother (Chuck) 3 years her senior. Due to the second World War the Billmans moved from Evanston to Dallas Texas, then to Chicago and finally settled in Dayton, Ohio, her fathers hometown.
Due to a long illness, Katie spent much of her early childhood drawing and painting. Encouraged by her 4th grade teacher, she began her formal art training at the age of 9 by attending the Dayton Art Institute for children. Soon she became known for her artistic ability and was filling request from teachers and other students for portraits of their pets.
In High School she was more occupied with studying and socializing than art. She was secretary of the student counsel, co- editor of the yearbook, and a member of the education honor society. Her A average was rewarded with a academic scholarship to Denison University in Granville, Ohio where she majored in English Literature, and pledged Delta Delta Delta Sorority.
Upon Graduation, she married classmate and best friend William A. Anthony, from Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Baylor Medical School while she taught Senior English at Spring Branch High School. Katie and Bill started a family during his residency at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Robert was born May 27,1964 and Dawn June 16, 1968.
Katie and family moved to Amarillo in 1970 where she remained until her passing. While in Amarillo Katie was involved with the Junior league of Amarillo, spent many Christmas Eves with youth at Boys Ranch, volunteered with various schools helping out challenged youths, and raised her two children to adulthood. When Robert moved away from home she took that opportunity to turn his room into a new art studio, where she resumed her childhood passion of painting.
Katie Loved to paint all things in bright acrylic colors, most notably The scenes of Santa Fe and Taos. In the summer of 2010 she launched her website..Katieskats.com , a passion turned reality that featured a gallery of her paintings she had done over the years but her newest collection” The eyes have it” paintings numerous cats that she also turned into note cards that are featured on the website. Her last focus was to have her business featured in Cat Fancy Magazine, which was released the day she passed.
Katie was a season ticket holder and loved to attend plays at the Amarillo Little Theater with her Grandson, Alex, and truth be told we think he got more out of it than she did.
She was a librarian in the reference department at the downtown library for over twenty years.
Katie was preceded in death by her mother Katharine Billman, father Charles Billman, a nephew, Gary Billman.
Survived By a brother Chuck Billman and his wife Pat, of Florida her son Robert Anthony, of Amarillo, daughter Dawn Burns and husband Chris of Colorado Springs, 5 grandchildren, Amber, Alex, Meagan, Sarah, and Nick , 2 Great Grandchildren, Tristan and Keagan.
Katie wore many different hats throughout her lifetime, wore them well, loved all unconditionally, and always taught by example. You will be missed, but never forgotten.
Family would ask that all memorials be directed to either Ware Living Center, 400 SW 14th St., Amarillo, TX 79101; or to BSA Hospice, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, TX 79105
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5:30pm – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2011.