Kathryn Lucille Pooser Ross passed away on December 9, 2012, on her 81st birthday from complications due to surgery. She was surrounded by her family. Kathryn was born on December 9, 1931, in Jackson County, Florida, and reared in Marianna, Florida, one of eleven children. She graduated from high school at the age of sixteen a member of the National Honor Society. She had a beautiful singing voice and sang in the church choir and at other local events. After high school, Kathryn was offered a scholarship to study voice. Due to Kathryn's young age, her father, Wankard L. Pooser, would not let her accept.
Kathryn was married at the age of eighteen to James E. Ross on December 25, 1949, and moved to Texas to support him while he finished law school at the University of Texas in Austin. They eventually made their home in Houston where they lived for over 50 years. Kathryn spent two years working as a legal secretary in her husband's law office but supported him throughout his career by serving as a wife, mother, traveling companion, and hostess of many events in support of his law practice. After her youngest daughter started school in 1970, she enrolled in Houston Baptist University and in 1974, earned her BS degree in psychology and biology, graduating cum laude.
In 1977, she began the first of two campaigns for a seat on the Houston City Council. Her campaign platform advocated public transportation, more city parks, and a revitalization of the inner city, ideas all well ahead of her time. She traveled extensively both domestically and abroad and eventually owned her own art gallery, The Drawing Room, where she was a benefactor for many new artists. She was interested in science, particularly health issues, philosophy, art, music, and poetry. She was a writer and loved to write poetry. She also wrote numerous editorials that were published in the Houston newspapers. She had a longtime interest in civic affairs, served on the board of her condominium association, and also served in fund raising capacities for multiple arts organizations in Houston. Kathryn was most noted for her desire to alleviate the suffering of others. In any way she could, Kathryn reached out to ease the pain and burdens of others, be they family members, friends, or strangers on the street. She was a mother and friend to many.
Although Kathryn lost her husband of 50 years in 2000, she is survived by her sisters Ann Pooser Scott and Sallie Pooser New and husband Robert New, her brother Lucius B. "Cap" Pooser and wife Joyce Davidson Pooser, her children, James E. Ross, Jr. and wife Lanelle Ross of Austin, Jeri Ross Skipper and husband Robert Skipper of Wimberley, Kay Ross of Houston and Jean E. Ross of Wimberley. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Kimberley Ross Rochen and husband Edward Charles Rochen of Arlington, Coleman Ross Stevenson of Austin, Lily Ann Skipper of San Antonio, and Kasey Ross, George Ross, and James T. Ross of Houston. Kathryn is also survived by four great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews who think of her as a second mother, and many, many friends in Houston and Wimberley. Special thanks to Kathryn's in-laws Beverly and Bill Ross, Betty and Freck Fleming, Wanda Patterson, and Doris Strome for honoring Kathryn as a sister. Pall Bearers are Donald L. Poole, George A. Ross, James E. Ross, Jr., James T. Ross, Coleman Stevenson, Edward Rochen, and Robert Skipper.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kathryn's name to Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave, Houston, Texas 77002.