Katheryn “Kitty” Maes left us while embraced in the love of family and friends on Monday, June 3, 2013.
Kitty was born September 4, 1918 in Owensboro, Kentucky the daughter of Harlan and Rosa (Knight) Whitman. She moved to Evansville, IN following graduation. This community was where Kitty established her roots for her family, her friends, her church, and her civic involvement. It was here that she met and married a true love, Norman Stubbs. They began their family with their daughter, Norma. After Pearl Harbor, Norman was called to serve his country in the Navy, and Kitty remained to raise their daughter, and care for his ailing mother. After the war, the family settled into family life with Norman returning to his job at Servel. Kitty came from a large family, and had spent her childhood assisting her mother in the raising of her siblings. When her mother passed away after the birth of Kitty’s youngest sister, Judi, Kitty and Norman took Judi to raise as their own. Now blessed with two little girls, Kitty went about her work making a home in the bricks and mortar of their house, as well as extending her roots into the community of Evansville. Judi remained with the family until her father remarried, but always remained a daughter to Kitty. For a long time the family lived in a spotless little house on Walnut Lane. It was there that many lifelong friendships started, and many memories remain. The most storied of those friendships was that of the Stubbs family and the Affolter family who lived just down the street. “Bunny” and Mollie became more like family than friends. Mollie was, is and will always continue to be Kitty’s closest friend and kindred soul, and is amongst the family that Kitty leaves behind.
Kitty and Norman were members of the Central United Methodist Church and the “ACME” Sunday school class. The family was always active in church events, and community involvement. Kitty was a member and past president of Central’s chapter of the United Methodist Women. Through the church, Kitty used her many talents to make beautiful and useful things for fundraising, to remodel, refurbish, or repair whatever was necessary, and to contribute through her effort, time and resources to maintain the vibrancy of the spiritual community. She, along with her talented peers, coordinated many of the special events that occurred at the church including wedding and anniversary celebrations, special gatherings for church events, and was one of those responsible for cooking and serving the bereavement dinners that comforted congregants who were grieving. Her work continued into the later years, when she managed the “Rack Shack” shop, which sold donated clothing and goods at more than affordable price to a community in need. The monies earned then went to other charities. Kitty was a founding member and educator in the Don Jay Home Demonstration Club. She used her talents to bring resources to other households in the community and remained involved for a long time with the county extension program.
After their daughter graduated from college and moved to start a family of her own, Norman suffered ill health, and Kitty cared for him until his death in 1968. Kitty spent her time working at Sears, and honing her skills as a doting and devoted grandmother. The stars aligned, and Kitty met another true love, Gorman Maes. They married in 1971, and began a romance that existed until his death in 1988. Gorman was a member of the Hadi Shrine, and Kitty supported him in his work with the Shriner’s children’s charities. They continued with active membership and support of Central Church. Kitty and Gorman opened their home and hearts to their grandchildren and family; summers were always spent with little girls in the back yard. Kitty became a “Pink Lady” at St. Mary’s Hospital, and worked in the gift shop for 25 years. This, and her other volunteer work helped after she lost Gorman.
Evansville was and will always be her home. She remained there until 2008, when she decided to move to Missouri to be closer to the support of her daughter and granddaughters.
Left to cherish her memory is her daughter Norma Wade (Robert), and her sister/daughter Judi Allen (Ray), her granddaughters Katheryn Christensen (Scott), and Elizabeth Pini (Wayne), and her lifelong friend Mollie Affolter, her sisters Charlotte Camp (James), and Marie Hadden, her brother Harlan “Buddy” Whitman, Jr. (Barbara) and Joe Kenneth Whitman (Charlotte), numerous nieces and nephews, and more treasured friends than one can count.
Preceding her in death are her parents Elder Harlan Whitman, and Rosa (Knight) Whitman, two brothers Edward Whitman and Bobby Whitman, and four sisters Mabel Addison, Mildred Gray, Lou Ella Whitman and Novella Whitman.
Funeral Services will be held at 1 pm, Monday, June 10, 2013 at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel - 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville with Brother Brian Whitman officiating. Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery.
Friends may call from 11 am until time of service at 1 pm, Monday at Boone Funeral Home - East Chapel.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to United Methodist Women at Central United Methodist Church, 300 Mary St., Evansville, IN 47710.
Condolences may be made to the family online at boonefuneralhome.net