Kathryn Ann Dodd
December 17, 1954 – March 14, 2020
Kathryn Ann (Kathy) Dodd departed this world on March 14, 2020, in Pasadena, Texas. Kathy was born in Pasadena, Texas, on December 17, 1954, to Charles and Bonetta Pitts. She married Jim Dodd on March 1, 1982. After they “lived on love” for a while in Wimberley, Texas, Jim and Kathy settled in Pasadena for the remainder of their lives. For most of her adult life Kathy served others as a nurse, especially in the field of geriatrics, where she excelled.
Kathy was the hippie other family, always in love with the fashion, décor, and music of the late 60's and early 70's flower-power days. She always loved the big outdoors, open spaces, and beautiful views of Wimberley and the Texas Hill Country. Her love for flowers and plants of all kinds has also been a life-long love. Her yard is a dazzling display of trees, shrubs, flowers, and tiny succulents. Her house is a kaleidoscope of colorful flowing fabric, beautiful fairy-adorned art, and bells that she has collected her entire life. Since she was young she has enjoyed blues, jazz, and rock music; introducing her younger siblings to Led Zeppelin, The Who, Steppenwolf, Jethro Tull, Alice Cooper, and the like. However, her most beloved music was blues. Since the 1970's, she has enjoyed live blues shows from John May to B.B. King to Buddy Guy to Johnny Winter to Taj Mahal, and she has seen the last four artists across the decades, including the past decade. Like the blues artists that she loved, Kathy was also a life-long poet, producing dark but inspiring and thought-provoking poetry and prose. Kathy will be remembered by her friends and family as a deep-thinking, deep-feeling human being who always loved and cared for others more than herself—a quality that we could all aspire to emulate.
Kathy and Jim’s son was born on June 24, 1983 and became the center of their lives. J.R.’s joy for life, his talent for music, and his encouragement to Kathy was a driving force for her life that came to a crashing end on December 11, 2008. Her son’s death left a massive hole in her life that could never be filled. Only in the past two years was she able to say that she feels like she is “a survivor and not a victim.” No doubt, her rediscovered faith in God and the renewal of her faith in Jesus during the past few years was a foundation that allowed her to find some healing from the hurt in her life. Now we can rejoice that her faith has also carried her from this world to the next, where she can rejoice with her God and her family members who preceded her there.
Kathy was preceded in death by her father Charles Pitts, her husband Jim Dodd, and her son J.R. Dodd.
Kathy is survived by her mother Bonetta Pitts, her sisters Cheryl Brashier and Patricia Kuykendall, her brother Chuck Pitts and sister-in-law Beth Pitts, nieces and nephews, and her dog Wrecker.