Lydia Kathryn Gardner-Brasel

13 July, 192616 January, 2021

Mrs. Lydia Kathryn Gardner-Brasel was born July 13, 1926 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Her interests included family, painting and cross-stitching. She was an avid supporter of many charities.

She retired from the Arkansas Highway Department where she worked as a draftsman for 43 years.

Mrs. Lydia Kathryn Brasel is survived by her daughter Sherry Skorupski, her granddaughter Sarah Hightower and niece Karen Rambin.

She was preceded in death by her father, Frank S. Gardner, mother, Novella Cook, her sister Marilyn Crookham and niece, Patricia Barbo.

A graveside service by family and friends will be 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Hwy 5 North, Alexander, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday, January 25th at Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, 5800 W. 12th Street, Little Rock (501) 661-9111. Due to the Covid situation, services are limited to no more than 50 guests, masks must be warn, and social distancing observed. To sign the online guestbook, click “Add A Memory” at:


  • Butch Middleton
  • Jacob Rambin
  • John Skorupski
  • Alton Dickey


  • Visitation

    Monday, 25 January , 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, 26 January , 2021


Lydia Kathryn Gardner-Brasel

have a memory or condolence to add?

Janis Morrow

24 January 2021

My and Katie's paths crossed after she left the Highway Department, and when we discovered she and my husband had the same July 13 birthday, we knew it was "meant to be" they did.  About the same time I found out I was going to be a mother for the first time, Katie discovered she was going to be a grandmother for the first time.  She was a highly-valued part of our family for many years until she left Mabelvale and moved to Haskell. She'll forever remain in our hearts and leaves many dear memories.  Deepest condolences to Sherry, Sarah, and all others who grieve her loss.

Terri Green

24 January 2021

So sorry for you loss! I will forever remember Katie! She was precious, kind to me as a young child growing up! She forever was giving of her time, patients and love to me and Sherry. What an example she was a of a giver and a strong beautiful lady! Prayers for the family during this very sad difficult time! Hugs! Love you!

RoseAnn St. Louis

24 January 2021


So sorry for your loss. It seems that your mother was an amazing woman. Sure that you have may wonderful memories.

Sending hugs,

Nancy Sims

22 January 2021

Katie was always a kind, caring ,person. I can remember her standing on the front steps pf First Baptist Church with grandma and Clayton. We have kept in touch all these years and I was amazed that she had good memory and such a bright mind.
Love Nancy Lillian.

Sharon Waldrep

22 January 2021

Katie was a wonderful step-mother to me and my sisters when we were quite young. Though divorce broke the legal ties, nothing broke the family ties for Katie. Once you were her family you were always her family-that's how a big, loving heart like hers works! Thank you, Katie!
Sherry, Sarah and Karen - so sad for your loss, but grateful that you can carry her with you always in your hearts!
-Sharon Brasel Waldrep

Cleda Brasel Cannon

22 January 2021

Someone so Special can never be Forgotten. My deepest sympathy.

Nanacy Weatherford

21 January 2021

Dear Aunt Kate, I will miss you everyday of my life. Thank you for making this world a better place, not just for me, but for everyone you came in contact with. Heaven has gained a sweet soul! Sherry, Sarah and Karen you are all in my thoughts and prayers. My tears fall along with yours. Love you all.

Stella Wadley

20 January 2021

No one will ever fill the void she leaves in this world.

Kris Baber

20 January 2021

Katie was a wonderful sitter for my boys from infancy and a dear friend to our family. The world has lost a smart and funny woman. We love you, Katie

From the Family
From the Family