Kathleen “Kathy” Burkett

Published 3:22 pm Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Kathleen “Kathy” Burkett, 94, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

Kathy was born December 5, 1924 in Jamestown, Louisiana to Alton A. Smith and Ollie Mae White Smith.  She married Elwood Burkett on March 21, 1942 and a year later their daughter, Donita Gail, was born.  The family moved to Port Neches where they opened Burkett’s Jewelry on April 29, 1947 and it has continued for three generations, now as Burkett’s Emporium in Nederland.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Port Neches and the United Methodist Women.  She and Elwood were avid sailors and spent many hours at their second home by the Rainbow Bridge.  She also enjoyed tending to her many plants and flowers.  She was fondly known as “Mamie” by her family and those closest to her.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 25, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches with Reverend Curtis Matthys officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park.

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Visitation for family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the funeral home.

Kathy was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Elwood Burkett and her daughter, Donita O’Neal.  She was also preceded in death by her brother, Travis and sister, Evelyn.

She is survived by her granddaughter, Holly O’Neal May and husband Jeremy of Groves, Texas; and great-granddaughter, Laurel Bradberry.  Her survivors also include many other relatives, as well as, a large circle of friends and neighbors.

Memorial contributions may be made to: United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church Port Neches, PO Box 277, Port Neches, Texas 77651.

Special thanks to all her doctors, nurses and all those who cared for her.