Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home

10501 Garland Road, Dallas, TX


Kathleen Ruth FitzGerald

December 28, 1943July 9, 2019

Kathleen Ruth FitzGerald, passed away on July 9, 2019. She was born in Gary, Indiana. Fondly known as “Kathy” and “Kitten”, she graduated from Longview High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Kathy enjoyed spending time with family, painting and attending daily Mass. Throughout her lifetime she volunteered at St. Rita Catholic Church, St. Patrick Catholic Church, North Dallas Shared Ministries, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Justice Kerry FitzGerald, and their five children: Klaire (Will) Powers; Kyran FitzGerald; Krissy (Brian) Rawlings; Kerry (Arwen Consaul) FitzGerald; Kathy (Andrei) Perdon; nine grandchildren and her brother, Steve (Betty) Purcell and their children Terri and Sarah. Kathy’s services will be held in the sanctuary at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Lake Highlands (9643 Ferndale Road, Dallas, TX 75238) on Thursday, July 18, 2019. The Rosary begins at 10:30 a.m. and the Mass at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 9643 Ferndale Rd., Dallas TX 75238 or online https://membership.faithdirect.net/enroll/383 (scroll to down to One-Time Gifts). Once a dollar amount is entered, please type “In Memory of Kathy FitzGerald”. All contributions will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Ministry.


  • Rosary Thursday, July 18, 2019
  • Memorial Mass Thursday, July 18, 2019


Kathleen Ruth FitzGerald

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Susan Marquess

July 13, 2019

I first met Kathy Purcell when we were eighteen-year-old freshmen roommates at The University of Texas, and we have been friends ever since. How fortunate I am to have had her in my life all this time.

Kathy was a wonderful Christian. She was everything that everyone should aspire to be: loving, patient, generous and kind.
She was an inspiration--and will continue to be an inspiration--to all who knew her. She was a gentle spirit with a strong faith. My love and prayers are with Kerry, the children and grandchildren, and Stephen.

I will miss my sweet friend. From the Irish poet William Yeats, "Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends."

Susan Ryan Marquess