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Obituary: Katherine Irene Gorman, Franklin

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Katherine Irene Gorman

Katherine Irene “Katie” Johnson Brown Gorman, 90, of Franklin, went to be with our Lord on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

She was born Oct. 29, 1923, in Indianapolis to Benjamin and Lena Johnson. She worked for Eli Lilly and Co. and P.R. Mallory and Co. before retiring from Fletcher Avenue Savings and Loan in 1983. She was a member of Franklin Memorial Christian Church in Franklin and First Christian Church in North Vernon but often attended Mount Pleasant Christian Church in Greenwood with her family. She was a proud member of the Mixed Nuts and the Northsiders and attended several Bible study groups.

Katie enjoyed working in her flower garden, taking care of the wild birds, shopping, traveling, serving our Lord and spending time with her friends and family. She believed in recycling everything she could; and what you didn’t want or couldn’t use, she would find somebody who could. Katie never left home without her hair done and makeup on, even if she was working in her garden. She made us laugh especially when she made up new words, which we called Katie-isms.

We will miss and cherish her acts of charity and love, her joy of living, her amazement and gratitude for the beauty and wonders of the world, her spunkiness in facing not only life’s challenges, but also just everyday living, her calmness of spirit and absolute trust in God to carry us through, and her joy and laughter — especially at herself — as she raced ahead through life.

She believed in forgiveness and letting the past stay in the past. She was forever 39, and the energy she had made it feel like she was that young. She lived by the words on her wall: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. And she tried to make as many memorable moments as possible. Even in her last few days of life, she cared how others were doing. She made us

laugh and cry through her precious last hours.

Katherine was preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters, four brothers, her infant son, Paul Brown, and son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Cathy Brown.

Left behind are daughters, Joyce (Jim) Bandy, Paula (Larry) Fagersten, Mary Kaye (Jerry) Wells, Ruby Jo Walker, Kathleen Lockhart and Jane (Mark) Sutt; sons, John (Becky) Gorman and Joseph (Lin) Gorman; 23 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; nieces, Dianne and Ginger; nephews, Greg and Danny; great-nieces and great-nephews; and special friends, Rick, Sherry, Tom, Wilma, Mary, her Mixed Nuts and Northsiders and too many other friends to mention. She felt very blessed.

A celebration of life will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Camp Atterbury Conference Center on Old Hospital Road, west of Edinburgh.

In lieu of flowers, Katie suggested donating to her son John’s ministry, True Freedom Ministries, P.O. Box 39632, Indianapolis, IN 46239.

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