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Carolyn Katz

June 26, 2013

Carolyn Falk Katz died on Tuesday, 6/25, 2013, in Houston, Texas at the age of 85. 

Born in New Orleans on 8/13/27, she grew up in Kosciusko and Jackson, MS, the daughter of Amos Falk, a cotton merchant, and Edna Stiebel Falk. 

She attended Millsaps College in Jackson for two years, leaving school to work at the phone company after her father died. 

On February 13, 1949, she married Ralph Katz, the love of her life, and they lived for 57 happy years in Starkville, Ms, until his death in 2006. She and Ralph were merchants in a store founded by his father in 1905. The store began as a mercantile store, evolved to a department store, a ladies and men's clothing, and finally, a bridal and formal wear business. They retired, closing the store, in 1995. 

When she was 65, she returned to college at Mississippi State, where she graduated with a BA in English with honors at the age of 70, becoming the oldest graduate in Mississippi State University history. 

She was a founding member of the Starkville Symphony, and played cello in the Symphony for more than 30 years. Over the years, she was an active member in many volunteer and civic groups, including Jr. Auxiliary, Women's Club, Starkville Reads, Starkville Symphony League,  and the Temple Bnai Israel Sisterhood. 

She was an avid bridge player and reader, an accomplished pianist, and at age 78, she published a children's book, "The Peddler", based on the story of her father-in-law's life as an immigrant at the turn of the 20th century. 

In December of 2012, she moved to Houston,Texas to live closer to her family, where she was welcomed by the Eagles Trace Independent Living and the Temple Sinai communities with open arms. 

Her greatest joy and pride were her children and her grandchildren, who adored "Gran".  She is survived by her son Keith Katz and his wife Evie, his son Andrew and his daughter Katherine, her daughter Debra Katz Pesses and her husband Leon, their son Evan and his wife Sara, and daughter Greta, and her daughter Karen Katz Westall and husband Tommy, their son Adam and daughter Rebecca. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 9pm on Thursday, 6/27/13 at Welch's Funeral Home in Starkville, MS.

Graveside services will be held at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, MS on Friday, 11am. 

In lieu of flowers, donations made be made in her memory to the Starkville-MSU Symphony (P.O. Box 1271 Starkville, MS 39760) and Temple Bnai Israel (717 2nd Ave North, Columbus, MS 39701). 

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