Katherine Elizabeth Adams, 83, of Kingman passed away peacefully with her family by her side just before midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 12, after a long fight with Alzheimer's and heart-related problems. Mrs. Adams would have been 84 on Dec. 22. The youngest of nine children born to George and Kata Tomich of Superior, Wyo., Katherine was born on Dec. 22, 1927.
After graduation from Superior High School, Katherine went to work on post at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne and later at the Union Pacific Company store in Superior before meeting her husband, Kenneth Adams of Arkansas, and later marrying in Rock Springs on Aug. 12, 1950. The couple recently celebrated their 61st anniversary together. Katherine and husband Ken have lived in Kingman for the past 10 years after moving from Cheyenne, where they resided for 48 years, to be closer to their son Keith and his family, Marilyn and Lindsey.
After the couple married, Katherine stayed home to raise their two sons and take care of their home. Both sons, Kenneth (1951) and later Keith (1955) graduated from Cheyenne East High and later the University of Wyoming. Being the consummate housewife and proud mother of two sons, Katherine never failed to help her sons with homework or school projects, and was always there to support them in their sporting activities. The family's home in Cheyenne was always open to friends and family, and you could always count on her delicious snacks or a great meal when the boys and their friends were over.
For a short period of time in the late '70s, after both sons had graduated college and were off on their own careers, Katherine sold limited edition prints and frames for the TransArt Company. Even when her responsibilities were complete with raising the boys, "Mom" was always there when needed and never ceased to give up on her responsibilities of taking care of the home, cooking, caring for the yards, flowers, garden and shoveling snow in the winter. Katherine was an extremely proud woman, excellent dresser and cook, and loved to make cakes and specialty desserts for special occasions. Even though she was a wonderful cook, she always felt she could have prepared her meals better and would never sit at the dinner table until everyone was served and eating.
Katherine along with husband Ken loved camping in their trailer in the Rocky Mountains of southern Wyoming and the Black Hills of South Dakota. Katherine enjoyed fishing, pheasant hunting, the Wyoming Cowboys and Denver Broncos, shopping, and on occasion, the one-armed bandits when in Deadwood, Central City or Vegas. After moving to Kingman, Katherine found great joy in The River and regularly visited the casinos for dinner and to play her favorite machine at the Flamingo. Most of all, Katherine loved to spend time with her family, her granddaughter Lindsey and her brothers, and sisters and close friends. She enjoyed playing canasta and loved to dance and listen to music. Katherine loved the big band sounds of the '40s and '50s as well as singers Englebert Humperdinck and Barbara Streisand. As members of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Cheyenne Eagles and Moose, Katherine and Ken seldom missed an opportunity to cut a rug when dances were held.
Katherine Adams was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, three sisters and her oldest son, Kenneth Lynn. Left behind are her husband, Ken; son, Keith and wife Marty, and granddaughters, Lindsey Adams and Amy Huddleston; three nephews and two nieces.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home with visitation from 2 to 3. Anyone who knew Katherine or the family is invited to attend. Mrs. Adams' remains will be taken back to Cheyenne to be laid to rest in the family plot later this spring.
The family wishes to extend its sincere thanks to the doctors and nurses who took care of Katherine at KRMC and the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, as well as the kind folks at the KRMC Hospice House.