Florence Catherine “Kitty” Harrington

February 7, 1930 – May 5, 2020

Florence Catherine “Kitty” Harrington was called home to be with her heavenly father Tuesday afternoon, May 5, 2020. She had fought the good fight and finished her race. She was 90 years old.

Kitty was born to Rader and Martha Elizabeth (Anglin) Blansit on February 7, 1930, in Hamilton, Texas. She was an only child but spent her early years alongside numerous cousins who were as dear to her as any sibling could be. During her youth, you could find Kitty riding through the family farm on her horse or reading every book she could get her hands on. Her thirst for adventure and knowledge began at an early age and continued throughout her life.

Kitty graduated valedictorian of Hamilton High School in 1948. The following year, she attended McMurry College where she majored in English. It was during her freshman year that she met Glenneth Harrington, her soul mate and the love of her life. After graduating with honors, Kitty yearned for an adventure. She spent a year teaching in Corpus Christi, enjoying her evenings and weekends on the beach. Following her year of independence, Kitty married Glenneth on June 18, 1953, and spent the next 66 years of her life as a devoted wife and mother to their three children.

Shortly after they were married, Kitty accompanied Glenneth to Dallas, where he began seminary at Southern Methodist University. She supported his call to the ministry by typing his term papers late into the evenings on her Royal typewriter and acting as a sounding board as he prepared his sermons during those early years. After Glenneth’s graduation and ordination into the United Methodist Church, Kitty excelled in her role as a pastor’s wife and partnered with him in ministry for over 40 years. Kitty taught Sunday school classes, Bible studies, and hosted congregation members and friends at their home on countless occasions.

Outside of her role as a pastor’s wife, Kitty was a loving mother. Although she left her position as a  teacher prior to the birth of her first son, Kitty was a lifelong educator and devoted herself as a stay at home mom, playing an active role in her children’s education and all of their activities and involvements. She continued to share her passions and interests with her grandchildren, exposing them to art, culture, and diverse experiences every chance she had.

Kitty loved to cook and bake and especially loved sharing her creations with family and friends. She also loved to travel and treasured her opportunities to see the world, with Glenneth always by her side. When asked what her favorite trip was, Kitty’s answer was never the same. She loved to recant her memories and experiences, including climbing Mount Sinai on her 60th birthday, retracing the steps of biblical figures through the Holy Land, and losing track of time in the ruins and monuments across Europe.

Kitty was preceded in death by her loving husband, parents, and daughter-in-law Debbie Harrington. She is survived by her three children: Glen Harrington Jr. and his wife Misa of Taylor, Texas, Bill Harrington of Port Deposit, Maryland, and Marti Bledsoe and her husband Steve of Bryan, Texas, seven grandchildren: Rusty Harrington, John Harrington, Ross Harrington, Whitney Harrington Dubuisson, Elizabeth Bledsoe Piwonka, Nancy Harrington, and Stephanie Bledsoe Browning, and three great-grandchildren: Vivienne Dubuisson, Declan Harrington, and Shepherd Dubuisson.

Due to the restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, a private interment service will be held in Hamilton, Texas. A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be scheduled at a later date in Bryan, Texas.

Kitty was immensely proud of all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren’s accomplishments and passions. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials be made in Kitty’s honor to Hearts for Hearing, 11500 N Portland Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73120, an organization near and dear to her and her granddaughter’s heart.

Condolences

  1. The McMurry University family wishes to extend heartfelt condolences to your family in the passing of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God bless you all.

  2. Our hearts are saddened for the family of Kitty and Glen. She was a part of the life of the Harrington family for most of my life and she is to be missed by us all. Their home was a port in a storm for me on numerous occasions and I can point to memories across the miles and years where our paths intersected for a meal or a nights lodging that always was a comfort!

  3. Condolences from the family of Julian Ramirez. We met Mrs. Kitty when my dad was at Crestview for rehab. He sat at the same table with Mrs. Kitty during meal time. She was such a very special lady. She always was taking care of the others at her table when they ate. My family and I made sure to go by and check on her and give her a hug. We were sad when my dad was released cause we weren’t going to see Mrs. Kitty anymore. We did visit her several times though. My dad and I were able to talk to her by phone right before she passed. May she Rest in Peace.

  4. Kitty was such a special lady as was Glenneth. I am so sorry to hear of her death but I know she is in a far better place. I have known Glen and Kitty since their days in Monahans and church camp at Sacramento New Mexico. I was so happy to renew my friendship when they moved to Weatherford. She continued to lead programs and studies for the United Methodist Women and Sunday school classes. We missed her greatly when they moved from here. She was so sweet and such a good example to us all.

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