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Katherine “Kate” Loomiler

- September 19, 2019

Katherine Walker Loomiller, 77, of Centennial, formerly of Evergreen, went to be with the Lord on September 19th 2019. She was at home with her daughters and dear family friend, all lovingly by her side.

Kate was born on October 3rd, 1941 in El Paso TX to George Pinckney Walker Jr and Helen Griffith. Although Kate’s father was a mining engineer and her earliest years were spent in mining camps in Mexico, the Walkers moved to the Texas Hill Country in 1944 to take over the family ranching business. The Ganahl/Walker family has a long history in the Texas Hill Country, having first settled there in 1856.

She spent much of her time as a child on horseback helping herd cattle, having adventures, and rescuing baby animals that were injured or deserted and needed her loving care. Over the years Kate also enjoyed dance, water skiing, camping, off-roading with Dave and friends in their jeep wrangler, hiking in the mountains of Colorado, and spending time on her favorite beaches in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California.

Although she graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in accounting, after a number of years in the business world, she followed her creative intuition and began studying stained glass. While living in the Bay Area and then in Dallas, Kate spent over 10 years teaching stained glass, in addition to creating commissions for architects, designers, and individuals. After moving to Evergreen in 1990, she studied sandblasting and botanical drawing, taking her artistic endeavors to a new level through her company, River Song Art Glass.

Her lifelong love of nature and animals was very evident in all of her stained glass and sandblasting art, depicting everything from water lilies and dragonflies to aspen trees and mountain lions. One of her last commissions included multiple pieces depicting the African landscape and its wildlife. Whatever her clients could imagine, Kate would bring skillfully to life with great attention to every detail.

She held a special place within the Evergreen Artist community and was a driving force behind the Evergreen Open Door Studios tour, celebrating its 18th year this year. In 2008, Kate was named Arts Person of the Year by the Evergreen Artist Association, where she volunteered regularly and held various positions over the years, in addition to spearheading an ongoing tradition of having local artists work displayed in the lobby of Evergreen National Bank.

Most importantly, Kate was a dedicated follower of Jesus and also loved her family deeply. She made family outings, vacations, and visits around the country to see loved ones a priority. She had an adventurous spirit and was always up for anything. In addition to being a loving, dedicated mother and devoted wife, Kate also loved spending time with her grandchildren, formed close friendships with each of them and was affectionately known as “Grannie” by many. She is remembered as a loyal, open-hearted friend who was full of energy, had a sparkle in her eye, and was always available with a cheerful word, a compassionate ear and a shoulder to lean on. We miss her so much.

Kate is survived by her daughters Francene (Mike Cherry) Loomiller of Centennial, CO and Helen (Chad) Korb of Texas; grandchildren Cal and Ella Cherry and Katherine and Coleman Korb. She was preceded in death by her husband David “Dave” Loomiller.

Please join us in celebrating her life at the Evergreen Memorial Park Barn on October 26th, at 2pm. Local folks are welcome to bring their favorite finger food to share, if desired. Beverages will also be provided.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Legion where both Dave and Kate were active supporters. https://www.members.legion.org/tal/donatenow#legion-org


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14 Responses

  1. Sharon Scanlan says:

    I was so shocked to hear of Kate’s passing. Last time we talked, she was vibrant and loving life. My husband and I are so bblessed to have a shower etching done by Kate. What a giant talent in a tiny lady! She will be missed.

    • Francene says:

      Aww… thank you so much for your condolences and sweet note Sharon! Which etching do you have? We have so many photos of her work, it’s great to put a piece with a name! Blessings to you and your husband.

  2. Linda Kirkpatrick says:

    Kate was a delightful person and so supportive of everything related to the arts and the community. Her talents with etching glass were remarkable — so pleased to have a piece she did many years ago.

    • Francene says:

      Thank you so much Linda for leaving such a sweet note. I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying her work too! Blessings to you…

  3. Alice Hammond says:

    Kate always brought a smile to the world. There really
    is not a good way to relate what she did for those around her. She was Kate,Hill Country Texan. Many will miss her.

    • Francene says:

      She loved you dearly Alice. Thanks so much for your beautiful message. We miss her too and at the same time, I feel her presence all the time. Love and blessings to you…

  4. Barbara Birdseye says:

    Kate was a truly special person to both John and myself. So talented, kind and generous. She will be missed by all who knew her. Love you, Kate.

    • Francene says:

      Thanks so much Barbara. She was so fond of you two, so blessed to have you as neighbors and friends those years ago. Hope you guys are doing well… sending love and blessings to you and John.

  5. William Jennings says:

    My Beloved Aunt Kate. I will miss you so much. You were so amazing and I always will cherish all the memories of you. You always made me feel so loved and so special.

    Love

    Will

  6. Valerie Stelzer says:

    I love Kate very much.She was so talented at many things.I will miss her friendship, her kindness, her humor and wit.She was so talented at many things.Kate made the world around her a better place!I will always treasure the artwork I was blessed to receive from her.She was always there for me without asking her. I will miss her.

    • Francene says:

      Oh Val, thank you so much for your incredibly touching comment. I really appreciate all the love and condolences here, truly. You and Vern meant so much to her, she loved you both deeply and I’m so grateful for the friendship and support you all shared with one another. Sending blessings and so much love to you both.

  7. Jeanie and Matt DeLullo says:

    Kate was truly an inspiration. She was always upbeat and positive, and her humor was delightful. We will miss our dear sweet friend tremendously.

    • Francene says:

      Thanks so much you guys. You were such sweet friends to both my parents, with a long history and I’m so grateful to you both for your love and support over these many years. Holding you in my prayers and sending lots of love…

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