Kathleen Ishee Warnock, October 5, 1922 September 16, 2013
Kathleen went to be with our Lord at 2:43 am, Monday, September 16, 2013. She led a full and active life that included traveling up the Amazon, exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu and landing a tarpon in Costa Rica. Born in Louin, Mississippi on October 5, 1922, she was one of nine children. After graduating from Louin High School she went to Mississippi College for Women earning a degree in education. She traveled to California to work for the USDA before returning to south Mississippi to work for the Mississippi Power Company as their home economist. It was during that time that she met and married Frank B Warnock of Fort Stockton, Texas. Theirs was a long and loving marriage that saw them travel the country, explore the Mayan ruins of Mexico and dig for fossils in Pecos County and most of west Texas.
Kathleen loved entertaining and her home was always filled with a dinner party, birthday celebration or dessert reception. A longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Laurel, she was dedicated to her Lord and her faith. She was a member of the Three Arts Club, the WMU, the 105 Club and several other Laurel civic organizations.
Always a lover of adventure, Kathleen canoed the Okotoma, Black Creek and several south Mississippi rivers and creeks. She hiked and camped the Maroon Bells near Aspen, Colorado, toured the River Shannon in Ireland by cabin cruiser, and sailed the Sea of Cortez.
She was a longtime teacher in the Laurel City Schools, while her late husband, Dr. Frank B Warnock served as the superintendent.
Kathleen will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother, strong Christian, and an outgoing, vivacious, yet polite, southern woman.
She is survived by her two sons, Kirby, and wife Diann, and Miles Warnock, and wife, Venessa, both of Dallas, Texas, and five grandchildren, Travis, Roland, Hallie, Maya and Hunter, also of Dallas as well as numerous nieces and nephews in south Mississippi and Montgomery, Alabama.
A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Laurel on Wednesday, September 18 at 11:00 am. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am. Burial will be in Fort Stockton, Texas, where she will be laid beside her husband Frank, on Saturday, September 21, with a graveside service at 10:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in her name to Mississippi University for Women or the Fort Stockton Historical Society.