Kathleen Mika Jolley was quite a character. None of us who knew her will ever forget our memories of her antics and her sense of humor, her determined and generous spirit, and her love of teaching and learning.
Funeral services for Kathleen Jolley will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at the Bangs First United Methodist Church, with interment to follow at the Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
Family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the funeral home.
The daughter of Betty and Albin Mika, she was born in San Angelo, Texas, in 1927, and lived in that area until she married Houston Jolley from Robert Lee in 1943. He promptly left with the 11th Airborne Division to fight the war in the Pacific and she waited for him. After he returned, she worked while he attended college at Howard Payne in Brownwood. Later, after their girls were born, she started college at Howard Payne and graduated from Tarleton State University.
She taught in Comanche, Gorman, Mozelle and Bangs schooSls between 1969 and 1989, and was always there to support the teams that her husband Houston coached from 1949 until his retirement. Their lives revolved around sports, farming and ranching in the Grosvenor community from the late 1940s to the present. Katie and Houstonís retirement years included travels across the United States and Europe, Australia, Hong Kong and the Philippines. After a trip to the Philippines, where Coach Jolley fought in World War II, Katie made donations to a school on the island of Luzon.
Katie loved her old friends and always enjoyed making new ones. She never met a stranger. She was proud of her association with Delta Kappa Gamma and the Brown County Retired Teachers and was a member of both the Bangs and Lake Brownwood United Methodist Churches.
She is survived by daughters, Jane Jolley and her husband Jim Cioffi, and Kerrie Smith and her husband Steve, all of Grapevine; granddaughters, Mika Gore Prater and her husband Keith of Comanche, Sarah Gustavus of Seattle, Wash., Katie Wright Hager and her husband Chris of Austin, and Jenna Wright of Austin; grandsons, Daniel Gustavus of Austin and Derek Smith of Grapevine; great-granddaughter, Emily Kathleen Prater of Comanche; brother, Weldon Mika of Eden; sister-in-law, Lucy Mika of San Angelo; nieces and nephews, James Mika of San Angelo, Vicki Westbrook of Harper, Joy Mika Stover of Texarkana and Lee Ann Mika-Mendez of Miles.
Pallbearers will be Ned, Darrell and Wesley Jennings of the Grosvenor community, T.J. Jamison of Bangs, and grandsons-in-law Keith Prater and Chris Hager, all good and true friends and family of Katieís. She was very proud of all of them.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Houston Jolley; and brothers, James Mika of Eldorado and Bernie Mika of San Angelo.
Memorials can be made to the Methodist Church or library of the donorís choice, two of Katieís favorite ways to honor friends and family members.