OBITUARY

Kathy Olson Fail

July 29, 1937February 9, 2020
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Kathy Olson Fail went to be with the Lord on February 9, 2020, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She leaves behind family and friends who will miss her and cherish her memory.

Kathy was born in Houston, TX on July 29, 1937 to Hans and Edith (Kosan) Breitenbach. She attended San Jacinto High School in Houston, TX, where she met her high school sweetheart Woodrow (Woody) Fail in typing class. After she graduated in 1955, they went their separate ways, married other people, but never forgot each other. They reconnected 41 years after graduation when Kathy sent Woody a Christmas card in 1995 and married in January 1999. Theirs’s was a true love story that inspired their children and grandchildren.

She attended Houston Business College, graduating in 1956, but Kathy was especially proud when she earned her Associate of Arts Degree from North Harris Montgomery County College in 2005, graduating Summa Cum Laude and as a member of Phi Theta Kappa Society. Kathy worked for Soules Insurance in the 1970’s, and moved to the District Attorney’s office, with Judge Ellis Qualline and later Judge James Keeshan, moving with Judge Keeshan as his court coordinator when he was appointed to the bench. Kathy is preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Edith Skinner, and her granddaughter, Rebecca Denise Olson. She is survived by her husband, Woody Fail, of Conroe; her children, David and Tonia Olson, of Gig Harbor, WA, Chuck and Jan Olson, of Bellville, TX, and Leslie and David Janac, of Caldwell, TX; and the lights of her life, her grandchildren, Will Dixon, of Ballard, WA, Travis Olson, of Gig Harbor, WA, Kjersten and Skyler McFeeley, of Yakima, WA, Ryan Olson, of Gig Harbor, WA, Aubrey Olson, of Bellville, TX, and Jessica Olson, of Bellville, TX.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or the Montgomery County Animal Shelter.

Visitation will be held at Cashner Funeral Home, in Conroe, Texas on Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Funeral service for Kathy Olson Fail will be held at the Cashner Colonial Chapel on Friday, February 14, 2020, at 10:00am with interment following at the Garden Park Mausoleum. To leave condolences for the family, please go to cashnerconroe.com

  • FAMILY

  • Woody Fail, Loving Husband
  • David and wife Tonia Olson, Son and Daughter-in-law
  • Chuck and wife Jan Olson, Son and Daughter-in-law
  • Leslie and David Janac, Daughter and Son-in-law
  • Will Dixon, Grandchild
  • Travis Olson, Grandchild
  • Kjersten and Skyler McFeeley, Grandchildren
  • Ryan Olson, Grandchild
  • Aubrey Olson, Grandchild
  • Jessica Olson, Grandchild
  • Hans Hermann Breitenbach, Father (deceased)
  • Edith Louise Kosan Breitenbach, Mother (deceased)
  • Edith Skinner, Sister (deceased)
  • Rebecca Denise Olson, Grandchild (deceased)
  • Numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Chuck Olson
  • David Olson
  • David Janac
  • Jarrod Urbanosky
  • Rick Rose
  • Oscar Simpson

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Friday, February 14, 2020

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BONNIE STROUD

February 15, 2020

Dear Woody and Family,
I was so sad to hear of the loss of Kathy. I worked with the District Clerk's office, and met Kathy the first day she came to work with the DA's office. She was a such a sweet person. She was kind enough to sing Ava Maria at George's and my wedding in 1985. After retirement we would run into each other at the grocery store and spend a few minutes catching up on our "after the county" lives. I know she will be missed. Our prayer for all of you is that God will give you peace through the wonderful memories of a wife, mother, and grandmother who was filled with love. God bless you.

Barbara Dickinson

February 11, 2020

Katherine and I lived next door to each other; meeting when I was 7 and she was 11. We spent many hours playing paper dolls, playing with our doll houses, walking to the community swimming pool barefoot on the black top streets. We have continued to keep in touch with one another over the years even though I moved to Connecticut for 12 years. When I moved back to Texas we resumed doing fun things together. I am sorry for her loss.

Jason and Donna Smith

February 11, 2020

Woody and family,
Jason and I were so very sad to hear of the passing of your sweet Kathy. Jason loves the time he has spent with you before and after the many golf tournaments you have worked together. You and Kathy were always sweet to him and I will always be thankful for that. I am so honored that I got to meet Kathy and spend some time with her and your sweet puppy several years ago. Please don't hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can do for you. Jason cherishes your friendship. Our hearts are broken with yours. Love you! Jason and Donna Smith

Missy Baldwin

February 11, 2020

Kathy,
You were always so loving and generous to me and your ongoing friendship has ment so much through these many years.
I know that you are at peace and watching over your loved ones from above.
My love and condolences to Woody and your family.

God Bless,

Missy

Dianne Jimenez

February 11, 2020

Miss Kathy, you was always so kind to me when I was in high school. You will be missed by your family. You are flying with the angels now.

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