Kathleen B. Heaton

kathleen heaton

December 25, 1942 ~ December 13, 2021

Born in: Houston, Texas
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

Kathleen Heaton, 78, passed away peacefully on Monday December 13th, having lived a full and wonderful life. Graveside service will be Conducted by Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan-College Station on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm, College Station City Cemetery.

Kathleen did not fear death and met the challenges in her life with dignity and grace…and a sense of humor. She was a pillar of strength, and an inspiration to everyone who knew her. The cause of death was from the complications associated with Myeloid Leukemia.

Kathleen was born in Houston but grew up in College Station. She was a member of the A & M Consolidated High School Class of 1961. Kathleen seized on every possible opportunity to participate in the school’s theatrical productions. She went on to study Speech and Drama at Sam Houston State Teachers College as a member of the Class of 1964.

After graduating from Sam Houston, she began her teaching career. She taught first at the Woodsboro, Texas ISD and then the College Station ISD before joining the Bryan ISD in 1968. Kathleen taught Speech and Drama at Bryan High School from the fall of 1968 until she retired in June of 1996.

Kathleen joined the volunteer staff of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in 1997. From 1997 until 2017, Kathleen worked directly for the library’s Director of Education, and distinguished herself as reliable, cheerful and creative. She was “there” in 2002 at the founding of the “Bush Library Storytellers Guild,” the mission of which was (and is) to “bring history to life” by bringing nationally recognized storytellers to the library. Kathleen was a key member of the guild’s advisory committee and charged with the important task of hosting out of town guest historical performers such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt. She became a historical presenter herself as “Rosie the Riveter” and thoroughly enjoyed this role. She was a talented dramatist. Kathleen is fondly remembered as outgoing, supportive and she enjoyed fully contributing to make improvements.

Kathleen moved into Crestview Retirement Community in Bryan in 2017, which remained her home until her passing. Never one to rest, Kathleen organized Crestview book clubs and discussion groups typically around topics concerning history and current events. She also took it upon herself to completely reorganize the Crestview library!

Throughout her life, Kathleen had a keen interest in history, travel domestic and international, and in movies! Give Kathleen access to the Turner Classic Movie Channel and she was one happy lady!

Kathleen was predeceased by her parents, Homer L. Heaton and Bessie B. Heaton, and her brother, Charles L. Heaton.

She will be lovingly remembered by her friends and cousins. In Lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to Crestview, a Methodist Retirement Community. Make checks payable to MRC Fund, 2505 E. Villa Maria Rd., Bryan, Texas 77802 Attn: Shannon Bishop


Graveside Service: December 19, 2021 2:00 pm

College Station City Cemetery
2530 Texas Ave S
College Station, TX 77840


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  1. I’m missing your laughter and our daily talks. You still had many years of laughter and smiles, but now you’re sharing them with the angels.

    I miss you and I love you my friend.

  2. I remember her when I was involved in drama class during my Junior and Senior years at Bryan High School. She was great.

  3. Such sad news. Kathleen Heaton was my drama coach in high school. Thinking of the many nights and weekends she devoted to us and to our plays. Rest in power, Kathleen.

  4. Kathleen was a true gift to the Bush Library and the Bryan community. She never met a stranger and we all lived, loved and laughed with her!

    Gerry Hince

  5. Remember her coaching for our duet acts for competition and our one act plays. She was always so cheerful and positive and loved her students!

  6. Ms. Heston was my English teacher at Bryan High during my junior year. She was such a joy! She often verbally sparred with us regarding current topics to get us to stretch our minds. It was so nice to hear that she had a wonderful life!

  7. I was not one of her fortunate students at Bryan High, but she was a well known faculty member and had a great following with her drama students. I was in Choir, then the Viking Band. I worked often in the BHS Library which is where I saw her enthusiasm for learning up close. My thoughts are with her family and friends.

  8. Dear Family and Friends,
    Kathleen was everything as stated in her obituary. I was the volunteer coordinator at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum for 18 yrs and she was, indeed, a much loved volunteer. She was every bit as reliable and enjoyable to be around as stated. She was such a funny lady with the best sense of humor. My deepest sympathy and prayers are extended to all who loved her and will miss her.

  9. Beautiful lady. We met years later when she was living at Waldon Brook we had lunches together. May. She rest in.piece.

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