Katie Garvey, 72, of Columbus, passed from this life at 4:05 p.m. Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.
Katie was born June 12, 1944, in Seymour, the daughter of Glen and Mary McDonald Anthony.
Katie was 1963 graduate of Seymour High School.
Katie was blessed with many employment opportunities though her life, including divisional director for the March of Dimes, volunteer development director for Housing Partnerships, Inc., Bartholomew County Council member district 3, Columbus Township Assessor, BCSC special needs bus monitor, office assistant at Edinburgh Premium Outlet and Myers Funeral Service.
Katie had a passion for her community, and her community service includes Senior Center Services Board, Bartholomew County Community Corrections Advisory, Bartholomew County R.E.M.C. Foundation Board, Franklin Street Neighborhood block gathering, Elks Club volunteer 2000-2002, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce 1981-2000, Lincoln Center Neighborhood Association 1992-1997, Children Inc. 1995-2002, United Way 1995-2002, Animal Control 1995-1998 and Volunteers in Action 1993-1998.
Katie was a member of or attended the following: Women of the Moose, Republican Women, First Presbyterian Church, Garden City Church of Christ, the Red Hat Society and Memorial Baptist Church.
Some of Katie’s hobbies and interests included playing euchre and bingo, traveling, gardening, photography, making Mexican wedding cookies, collecting cookie jars and staying in touch with her numerous dear friends.
Katie was especially known for her Christmastime home and being of one of Santa’s favorite elves. She loved hosting many friends and their families for breakfast, lunch, dinner or appetizers while they enjoyed her extremely large collection of Christmas decorations. She also enjoyed welcoming people to sit a while with her on the front porch. She always had a cold beverage to share with them out of her infamous “front porch fridge.”
Katie is lovingly remembered by her children, Craig (Lisa) Garvey of Noblesville, Scott (Christina) Garvey of Elkhart and Lisa (Pete) McCarty-McMinds of Columbus; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Rebekah McCarty of Columbus, Paytin Garvey of Elkhart and Samuel Garvey of Noblesville; siblings, George Anthony of Seymour, Jim Anthony of Pismo Beach, California, Carol Anthony of Seymour and Marilyn Waltz of Columbus; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Katie was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Nanci Jane Barnes; and infant siblings, Boneda L. Anthony and Billy Ray Anthony.
A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with the Rev. Mark Teike officiating. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 7, 2017, and from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, Katie’s family requests that memorial contributions be made to Miyoshi Friendship Ambassadors (a fund that financially helps local high school students travel to Japan to study abroad) or Memorial Baptist Church Youth. Cards are available at the funeral home.
Online condolences and special memories may be shared with Katie’s family and a video tribute may be viewed at barkesweaverglick.com.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all of Katie’s friends who stood beside her through all the good times and especially the difficult ones: Columbus Regional Hospital Cancer Center’s amazing Dr. Stephanie Wagner and her awesome nurses, techs, aides and other co-workers for all of their love, care and concern; all CRH staff, from doctors, nurses and ER staff to the valet drivers, CNAs, care partners, food services and housekeeping during her many stays in the past few years for always doing their very best to make her feel well cared for and comfortable; Parkside Court Retirement Community staff who became loving friends, fellow residents and friends who made her last few years extremely enjoyable; and Our Hospice of South Central Indiana for making her final earthly days peaceful.