Cathie Gulick Callhan (Class of 1965) Obituary


Cathie Gulick Callnan passed away 28 Mar 2021.

Catherine "Cathie" Grace Gulick Callnan, age 73, of Brackettville, TX, Ft. Clark Springs, went to be with our Lord on Palm Sunday March 28th. She is survived by her sisters, Cookie Gulick, Sandra Cauthorn, brother Jimmy McNair and wife Kathy, her son, Bob A. Ricks and wife Shawndi Ricks of Lubbock, TX, her daughter Renita White and husband Coach Kyle White of Edmond, OK, her grandchildren Bo Ricks, Brock Ricks, Chloe White,and Drew White, along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Services will be graveside at the Gulick family plot in Westlawn Cemetery, Del Rio, TX at a future date to be announced.  Friends and family encouraged to come celebrate, tell stories and express their love for Cathie.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Barbara, her Mother, Lenora Gulick, her Dad Sparks Gulick and wife, Alice, and her beloved husband Kenneth Callnan.

Cathie graduated in 1965 from Del Rio High School.  She was a cheerleader, voted Most Beautiful of her class, Football Sweetheart, and was Miss Del Rio in 1963.  She attended Texas Women's University, and Southwest Texas Jr. College. Cathie loved Jesus and enjoyed sharing her faith with others.  She enjoyed going to church on Sundays and always reminded her family "to be in the Lord and in Church".  She loved going to her church, First United Methodist of Brackettville, TX and singing gospel hymns, especially "The Old Rugged Cross".  

Cathie loved the outdoors, especially top-water fishing at Lake Amistad. Some of her fondest memories were fishing with her Dad and Alice in Eagle Pass at the electrical plant and on the Gulick family farm in the Cienegas Creek. As a child she delighted in chasing her sisters and cousins with little grass snakes she would find in the yard, always laughing, running and begging them to slow down so she could show them her new friend. 

Cathie was a wonderful cook. She delighted in watching cooking shows, always seeking new recipes and hanging on to cherished old ones handed down to her by her Grandmother Gulick and Juanita Ricks. She collected cookbooks, old and new, always giving cookbooks as presents to friends and family. 

Cathie was  a generous soul, and would give you her last dollar, and often did!  If she had it, it was yours too! Some of her fondest childhood memories were playing with her siblings and  and cousins on the farm, catching lightning bugs at night, laying on a blanket in the yard, looking at stars in the night sky hoping to see a falling star. She was extremely proud to have grown up on a dairy farm, and all that it entailed.  

She never met a stranger!  She engaged in conversation wherever she went, making new friends along the way.  She was a natural salesman while at Zales and Roberts Jewelers in Del Rio.  She loved selling jewelry.  She had an eye for fine jewelry and had a huge Rolodex filled with local's birthdays and anniversaries.  

She cherished her friendships, new and old.  She maintained contact with her many childhood friends, as well as friends and neighbors from her days in Riverside, CA and Fairfax, VA.

She was a shopper!  Her grandchildren tell entertaining stories of fun shopping sprees with their "Meme".  It was great having "Meme"  visit for the holidays, as she was a kid at heart. She always arrived bringing fun gifts, and always having a lot of groceries and dozens of chocolate chip cookies.  

She was an animal lover!  She would save and rescue stray dogs from Animal Services and the streets of Del Rio and San Felipe, most recently "Blu" and "Blanca".  "Blu" is happy to be with grandson Bo and "Blanca"  is at home on the family farm.

Her grandchildren were her greatest joy!  She loved them dearly and took great pride in their many accomplishments.

Living at Ft. Clark was a special time in her life. She often exclaimed "I saved the best for last!"  Ken and Cathie enjoying friends, dinner parties, going to the "Upstagers", shopping in San Antonio and traveling all over the country. They were there for each other through thick and thin.  It was truly a marriage made in heaven. They loved and bragged often about finding each other.  We are confident that Cathie and Ken are celebrating in heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Animal Advocacy Rescue Coalition (AARC) of Del Rio.




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