Kathleen Mary Alworth, age 100, passed away suddenly and peacefully on Saturday morning, Feb. 3, 2007, at her home following a short illness. Mrs. Alworth was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, to Ernest and Lilly Whitaker on Jan. 10, 1907, and was one of two sisters. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cecil D. Alworth (1983); and her sister. She is survived by her son, Dr. Charles W. Alworth, who is currently serving as a Tyler City Council member, and his wife Madeline of Tyler; her grandson, Cecil D. Alworth II and his wife Melissa and three great-grandchildren, Kyle Dwight, Hudson Andrew and Madison Michelle, all currently residing in Atyrau City, The Republic of Kazakhstan; and her granddaughter, B. Diane Alworth of Tulsa, Okla.
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Mrs. Alworth attended the University of Durham and traveled extensively throughout Europe between the two world wars, living in France, Germany and Romania, serving as a secretary in the Wire Rope Company of England. She met and married her husband in Romania on April 20, 1939, where he was manager of production for Standard Oil Company (New Jersey) - now Exxon. At the outbreak of hostilities in Europe and being a British citizen living in Romania (a part of the Axis powers), she was sent to her husband's home town of Ranger, Texas, while her husband remained in Romania until shortly before hostilities erupted between the United States and the Axis Powers. From mid-1941 and during the remainder of the World War II, she and her husband were stationed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where her husband served as vice-president of production for Standard Oil from 1941 through 1946 and where her son was born. After the World War II, she traveled with her husband who remained in the foreign service of Standard Oil (NJ) until his retirement in 1963. Their travels together included living in Peru for three years, living in England (her homeland) for 10 years, Iraq for one year, Indonesia for nine months, France for almost one year, Denmark for three years, Libya for 18 months, and Greece for two years. She was a master linguist and was able to learn the language of the country in which she was living with little difficulty. She became a U.S. Citizen in 1955 whilst living in New York. She and her husband retired to Norman, Okla., in 1963 and moved to Tyler in 1965. She and her husband continued to travel parts of the world that they had not seen earlier. Following the death of her husband, she continued to travel with her son and his wife, experiencing travel on the Concord and the major Atlantic Cruise ships. Her last overseas trip was made on the Queen Mary 2 in October 2005 with her family.
She was active in the Women's League of Voters and the French Club, and was an avid supporter of the East Texas Symphony, the Tyler Chorale, the Youth Orchestra, the Smith County Humane Society and PATH, to name but a few. She was a member of Good Shepherd Reformed Episcopal Church.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, at Lloyd James Funeral Chapel with the Right Rev. Walter Banek officiating under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home. Her ashes will be scattered at a later date at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.
The family requests that donations be given in lieu of flowers to the East Texas Symphony; or the Humane Society of Smith County.
Lloyd James Funeral Home
1011 East First Street
Tyler, TX 757013308
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2007