Katherine Dawn Holster, 63, died peacefully in her home on September 29, 2020; she was surrounded by her family, who remembers her for her selfless devotion, her enduring strength, and her unwavering faith.
Kathy was born in Tucumcari, New Mexico on November 23, 1956 to H Don and Joan Smith. She was raised in Duran, New Mexico and Las Vegas, New Mexico. Kathy graduated from Robertson High School in Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1974. She attended college at West Texas State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree and a certificate in Secondary Education.
She married Michael Holster on July 29, 1978 in Canyon, Texas. Their two sons, Scot and Sean, were born in Canyon and in Seminole in 1982 and 1983, respectively. Kathy served faithfully as the wife of a minister as Michael was called to serve in churches in Hobbs, O’Donnell, Slaton, Memphis, Floydada, Midland, and for the past 17 years, Second Baptist Church Levelland. She was devoted to making disciples and to teaching the Word, serving as Sunday school teacher, VBS leader, and Bible Drill instructor. She baked countless casseroles and loaves of bread to serve those in need.
Kathy was an educator and a life-long learner, believing that math is the foundation for problem-solving and critical thinking. She taught in the Amarillo, Tulia, Floydada, Stanton, Greenwood, and Levelland school districts. Kathy obtained her Master’s Degree in education from Wayland Baptist University in 2006, and she served on faculty in the Mathematics Department at South Plains College for 14 years, retiring in 2017.
Kathy was known as daughter, wife, mother, and teacher, but the title she cherished most was “Nana.” She loved reading, baking, going on nature walks, and making crafts with her 5 grandchildren, Macy, Andrew, Caleb, Benjamin, and Hannah. She leaves a legacy of love and faithfulness to the Lord.
She was preceded in death by grandparents, JM and Della Mae Robertson and Herb and Mozell Smith; father, H Don Smith; sister, Della Boley; and father-in-law, AJ Holster. Kathy is survived by her husband of 42 years, Michael Holster; son, Scot Holster and wife Mindy Michelle and grandchild Benjamin; son, Sean Holster and wife Mindy Alaine and grandchildren Macy, Andrew, Caleb and Hannah; mother, Joan Smith; sister, Donna (Mike) Hinders; brother, Robert Smith; and mother-in-law, Jaunita Holster.
Her family would especially like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff who cared for her at Covenant Medical Center and Joe Arrington Cancer Center in Lubbock, MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston, and Hospice of Lubbock.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the lighting fund at Second Baptist Church, Levelland, South Plains College Scholarship Foundation, or to the charity of choice.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at Krestridge Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, October 9, 2020, at Second Baptist Church Levelland. The service will be streamed on the Second Baptist Church Facebook page for those unable to attend.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Krestridge Funeral Home. (806) 897-1111