Kathryn Alice (White) Payson
Kathryn Alice (White) Payson was born in Waco on July 25, 1950, to Ben White and Alice (Coker) White, but spent much of her adolescence in Cameron with her younger brother, Ben White III. After a chance meeting, she married the love of her life, Jeffrey Payson, in Houston, on June 20, 1969.
Over 50 years of marriage, her joy was being a wife and stay-at-home mother, doting on friends and family, especially her two children, daughter, Jennifer Alice and son, John Jeffrey. Although she spent very little time in formal education, she had a passion for learning new skills, was an avid reader and was known for her talents as a deft marksman and gourmet chef. A keen eye for interior decor led to her position decorating model homes for her husband’s homebuilding companies; and, as an accomplished oil painter and watercolorist, she taught classes at the senior center in Friendswood. She spent most summers fly fishing at the family’s cabin in Wyoming, and most winters included an extended trip in Mexico, her favorite being Cabo San Lucas.
She was elated when she became a grandmother in 2004, when first blessed with a grandson, Bastien Antonio Tamez, and in 2007, a granddaughter, Isabella Avalon Tamez. She was always known for her bright smile, her warmth, and her boundless energy. She displayed a wonderful knack for bringing people together and shared her sense of excitement and vitality with everyone.
She left us on Jan. 26, 2020, after a decades-long fight against the effects of systemic lupus erythmatosus.
She is survived by her brother, Ben and wife Jenny White of Cameron; he rhusband, Jeffrey Philip Payson of Friendswood; her two children, Jennifer (Payson) Tamez of Pearland, and John Jeffrey Payson of League City; and her two grandchildren, Bastien and Isabella Tamez.
Family, friends, and others whose lives Kathy touched are invited to Jeter Funeral and Memorial Home on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. for a celebration of her life.