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With profound sadness, we gather to celebrate the life of Katherine Mitcham, our beloved mother and a good friend to all whose lives she touched.
Katherine transitioned peacefully at her residence on Saturday, December 23, 2023. She was 92. Katherine Martin was born in Tillatoba, 1Mississippi on September 24,1931. She was the eldest of eight children. She is survived by a sister, Charlene Matthews (Detroit) and a brother James Garner (Chicago). She received her formal education in Water Valley, Mississippi. In 1950, Katherine wed Waller T. Mitcham (predeceased).
After his discharge from the Army in 1955, the family moved to Chicago, becoming part of the Great Migration to the North. Katherine was employed for many years; she was a dedicated employee and took great pride in the quality of her work, her appearance, punctuality and attendance. She was employed with the Chicago School System in Food Service. She retired from Rush Presbyterian Hospital where she was also an employee in Food Service. Katherine resided briefly at the Jacob Blake Senior Apartments in Evanston.
She was a member of the Foster Senior Club. In 2011, she was honored as Senior of the Year; the award luncheon was celebrated with family and friends. She loved to watch old movie classics and westerns. Some of her favorites were Gone With The Wind, Amos and Andy and Gunsmoke. She also loved her soap operas! She enjoyed music, especially the Blues. BB King and Bobby Bland were her favorites. Katherine enjoyed the theater, live concerts and stage plays. Porgy and Bess was one of her favorite plays. She was also a big fan of Sammy Davis, Jr. Katherine was a meticulous homemaker.
She took tremendous pride in her home and children. Holidays were always special. We would be awakened by the aroma of her freshly baked sweet potato pies and pound cake . She enjoyed vacation travel with family and friends. She especially enjoyed cruising and visiting with her daughter and her family in Maryland.
She loved her seven children: Margie, Velma, Arthur, William, Michael, Vivian and Rosemary. Katherine adored her seven grandchildren: Andrea, Christopher, Kelvin, Jared, Taylor, Jonathan and Sabrina. She cherished hep great grandchildren: Aaron, Amani, Avaughn, Jared Jr., Karly, Alijah, Amoya, Jayce, Ariah and Delonta. Her great-great grandchildren, Ayden and Amerah, were a great delight. Katherine also leaves her beloved nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. Our Mother was wise, intelligent and generous. we love you and miss you... " WE ARE BORN OF LOVE. LOVE IS OUR MOTHER " Please keep the family in your Prayers/
Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Mr. Philip L. Gillette~ Funeral Director