We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Parker-Jacobs Funeral Home
Words are not enough to describe a soul as special as Kathleen “Kathy” Windham.
On September 11, 2022, our precious mother went to be with her Lord and Savior, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 74. She was not only an exceptional wife and mother, she was also a loving grandmother, “Nini”, to 8 grandchildren. Her faith and children were very important to her, and after her diagnosis, she made sure that all of her girls wore St. Christopher charms to match hers.
Kathy was born in Fort Worth on May 1, 1948, to Nancy “Clem” Rumph and Thomas Rumph. She graduated from Arlington Heights in 1966 where she enjoyed drill team and was the anchor on the swim team. She attended Tarleton State University until the age of 19 when she met and married the love of her life, Dyer Windham. The city girl moved to the country and she never looked back. Her dream was to marry and have children. She was more than happy to be central figure in the lives of her children, while Dyer worked and ranched.
Many words could describe her, but what stands out most is that she devoted her life to her children. She loved without boundaries. She nutured whoever we brought home, whether it was friends or animals. We had many of both. She made sure we knew right from wrong and the importance of faith and family. She also wasn’t afraid to use the paddle. She ran a tight shift. You knew her expectations and making the bed was the first thing on the list. She had many roles that she juggled and she made it look seamless. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, niece, cousin, cheerleader, Sunday school teacher, concession stand worker, taxi driver, cook, seamstress, painter, vet assistant, classmate, and most importantly a friend. Growing up, our home was “Headquarters”; and there were endless hugs, food, Kool-Aid and plenty of yard to play in at all times. Loving and taking care of others was her ministry. Most of it was done right inside her home.
Kathy felt the loss of her mother all of her life. She, indeed, excelled in this department because of those circumstances. She also mourned to know her mother’s side of the family. After many years of searching, she was reunited with her brother Tommy Rumph, and found her Uncle John, Aunt Ladine Gannon and Nancy Schwarzburg. These special people and their families were able to fill a void that she had felt in her heart, and she was proud to call them all her family. Uncle John was able to have her mother’s grave moved and placed next to her parents in Houston before his death. It was the perfect gift.
Kathy is survived by her husband, Dyer, her children Kamie Pruet and husband Craig, Jim Dyer Windham Jr. and wife Marlena, Kerri Davis and husband Kevin, and Krystal Bounds and husband Chris. Grandchildren include Jack Pruet and Kallie Siegfried, Coleton Honea, Katie and Wes Windham, Kutter and Kollin Davis, Hudson Bounds, and great granddaughter Caroline Honea.
Her mother, Nancy “Clem” Rumph preceded her in death in 1950, followed by her father, Thomas Rumph in 1978, her father-in-law Richard Windham in 2009, and her mother-in-law Marian Windham in 2022.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The First United Methodist of Church of Baird, Alzheimer's Association in honor of her team, Kathy’s Krusaders, or Kindred Hospice, who became a part of our family.
Her husband Dyer and children will have a private burial at Ross Cemetery in Baird. A celebration of life will be held at a later date for her beloved family and friends
First United Methodist Church Baird
1600 US Highway 283, Baird TX 79504
4400 Buffalo Gap Rd Ste. 1200, Abilene TX 79606