Kathy Sabrina Harkey

August 1, 1956April 21, 2014
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Kathy Sabrina Harkey was received into the loving arms of our Heavenly Father on April 21, 2014 after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. Kathy was born on August 1, 1956 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma to Nick and Iris Jerlene Portacci.

Kathy is preceded in death by her father Nick Portacci, aunt Carolyn Attaway; cousins Gary Bowden and Kim Attaway. She is survived by her mother Iris Jerlene Portacci; husband of 25 years, Donald Harkey; their children Shawn Harkey and wife Megan Harkey, Sadie Price and husband William Price, and Katherine Harkey; siblings Mark Portacci, Susie Hebert, Michael Portacci, Matt Portacci, and Kristy Pinkston; grandchildren Emma Harkey and Iris Price, aunt Jeannine Bowden, uncle Paul Attaway; cousins Kenneth Bowden, Neil Bowden, Delite Bowden; Drew Attaway, Susan Attaway Jansen, Denise Attaway Martin; and Stephenie Mattes. She has 15 nephews and nieces including Kristopher Portacci, Katie Portacci Quatrano, Samuel Portacci, Marin Portacci, Troy Williamson; David Sonnier, Rachel Sonnier; Vincent Portacci, Adam Portacci, Toni Portacci; Cassie Tijerina, Nick Portacci; Alana Brown, Millie Brown, and Lexi Pinkston; and a host of additional relatives and close friends.

Kathy grew up in Galveston and later moved to Port Arthur, Texas. After graduating co-valedictorian in 1974 from Stephen F. Austin High School she attended Lamar University and graduated with a degree in biology with honors in 1979. She worked for Texaco until the early 1990s when she co-founded ICU Environmental Health and Safety in 1993, a company of over 60 employees. She loved mentoring young professionals and launched many on highly successful careers. The company was sold to Total Safety in 2010 where she assisted BP with their employee and contract safety during the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Countless lives were undoubtedly saved by her tireless efforts to improve health and safety conditions in facilities throughout the gulf coast.

Kathy enjoyed reading, writing, cooking and travel but most of all she cherished gatherings and activities with her family, friends and neighbors. During her 2 1/2 year struggle with cancer she wrote a book detailing much of her early life growing up in Port Arthur along with a number of other poems and letters. She was a master storyteller. She could repeat the same stories over and over with such a captivating style it would keep her children and grandchildren in rapt attention for hours.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday April 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Forest Park funeral home in The Woodlands, Texas. In lieu of flowers the family suggest contributions in her name to MD Anderson at The Woodlands. Donations can be made to: .

Kathy would like to specifically thank Dr. Angela Coscio and the nursing staff at MD Anderson in The Woodlands for their tireless efforts in assisting Kathy during her struggle.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” 2 Timothy 4:7.


  • Visitation Saturday, April 26, 2014
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Dorothy Herzing

April 29, 2014

Dear Donny, Shawn, Sadie and Kate, Our prayers and condolences to you at this time of loss. May God's blessing be with you in these difficult days ahead. Dorothy Herzing Family

susan jansen

April 28, 2014

I still see your smile when I close my eyes! Infectious. Amazing lady! Love you always miss you more!

Mark Portacci

April 28, 2014

Kathy was great sister, in truth she was great in every life role. She was a genius with a very real heart. She meant what she said and put others first. She was truly happy and deeply connected to anyone she touched in life. My life was so much better simply because she was in it. Brother Mark. I love my sister.

Lynn Payne

April 26, 2014

After having met Kathy and Don it was much easier when our kids decided to move to Houston for their careers right out of college. We will always feel grateful for the love and guidance they have given them.

Cindy Toutcheque

April 26, 2014

Kathy and I were high school co-valedictorians in the rural community called Port Acres(part of Port Arthur,TX). Everybody knew each other, watched out for each other and was always there to help if and when you needed anything---this became our way of life and helped shape us into who we would later become. Most of us were raised as Christians and practiced good morals. I am very proud of Kathy for continuing to practice the way of life we call being a
"Port Acretian" ---just being good to people. However, as Kathy's co-valedictorian and after reading other entries in this book, I know that she intentionally and so rightfully also shared her gift of intelligence. She did a lot of good things for people. Now by her faith she is at rest.
I will miss you my friend. All of the Toutcheque family send their love, prayers and condolences.

Mary Moody

April 25, 2014

Kathy was a wonderful boss, leader and friend. She always encouraged others. I will remember her kind words of encouragement. My prayers go out to her family.

Jackie Johnson-Thomas

April 25, 2014

Pheonomenal woman who wore some many extraordinary hats and lived a life that made her important and influential in so many lives. Kathy was my friend, my mentor/coach, and a colleague who generously gave of herself in so many ways. Kathy was a not just a consummate professional but one of those rare people who inspired. influenced, and motivated those around her to reach their highest heights and live their very best lives. She was always one person you could count on to love you in your most authentic form. She will be sorely missed.

Craig Morin

April 25, 2014

I first met Kathy at Texaco's Port Neches Chemical Plant in the late 1970's. Later when she moved to Houston we worked together in Texaco's Industrial Hygiene Group. Kathy was an excellent professional. She knew her craft from the plant level to the corporate level. Kathy had a great sense of humor and was a joy to work with. Kathy loved her Lord, her family and her friends. I will always remember her with the greatest of admiration for her tenacity in achieving her career goals. She was one great lady.

Chelsea Ford

April 25, 2014

Kathy will always remain to be my role model and inspiration in being a successful business woman, teacher, mother, friend and more. I appreciated all of her advice and encouragement through all my endeavors. It goes without saying, she will be missed, but my memories of her will never be forgotten.

Cheryl Dickerson

April 25, 2014

As many others have commented, there are not enough words to express all that Kathy meant to me. Leader, mentor, advisor, and friend. She truly inspired all she came in contact with. Her sense of humor made any situation seem more tolerable. While I am sad for our loss, I know she is in a much better place - handling things as usual!