Kathryn Maude King Snell – January 10, 2018

In God’s perfect time, Kathryn Maude King Snell passed from this life on January 10, 2018, at the age of 94, in Amarillo, Texas.

Visitation for family and friends will be at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo, on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.  Graveside services will be on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at Wilbarger Memorial Park in Vernon, Texas, with Gib Baskerville, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating.

Kathryn grew up in Vernon, daughter of B.S. “Bass” and Maude Stuart King and sister to three brothers and one sister.  Early life offered the best of small town life with family, church, school, cousins and friends.  She attended East Texas State University in Commerce after graduating from Vernon High School in 1940, where she was a cheerleader, honor society member and homecoming queen.

She married Dr. George A. Snell, Jr. on Veterans Day, 1945, and they established their home in Pampa, Texas, where he practiced dentistry and they raised their three children, George III, Donald, and Sheryl.  Home, church and community framed family friendships and service.  Kathryn taught sophomore girls Sunday school at First Baptist Church and served in Pampa school PTAs, the Panhandle Dental Auxiliary, Jr. Service League and as a Cub Scout den mother.

She became a widow in 1970, and then moved to Amarillo in 1974, where she began a working career, being very grateful for her grown children and their college graduations.  Her membership, friendships and Bible studies at First Presbyterian Church blessed her continually.  Business courses at Amarillo College furthered her secretarial skills and she was employed by various businesses throughout the next 20 years.  Her resume’ included the American Quarter Horse Association, Amarillo Art Center, Sakowitz, the Amarillo Aviation Society and Museum, plus private art galleries, bank, bookkeeping and energy offices.  She enjoyed being a reading mentor with the HOST program at Margaret Wills Elementary and being a part of Community Bible Study.

Preceding Kathryn in death were her parents, her husband, her brothers, Warren King, Newell King and James B. King, and her sister, Betty Jane Wright, close cousins and spouses of her siblings.

She is survived by her daughter, Sheryl Hollis (Mike) of Arlington, and sons, George (Bonnie) of Amarillo and Don (Kim) Snell of Princeton.  Those who called her “KK” are Kristy Snell and her mother, Barbara Snell, Grant (Jenna) Snell, Runay Hollis and son Hayden, Vanessa (David) Chavez, Paul Gerken and Melissa (Jolby) Wilkins, plus Amelia and Nolan Snell, Miyah, Maddy Kate and Kaleb Chavez.  She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Emily King and dear nieces and nephews.

The compassionate and expert care given to Kathryn at The Craig and through BSA Hospice is a most meaningful and deeply appreciated forever part of our family’s story.

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