In Memory

Katherine Hummel (Hester)

Katherine Hummel (Hester)

Katherine (Katy) Jane Hummel Hester

February 5, 1949-January 20, 2016

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Katy Hester. Katy fought a courageous battle with cancer for the past four and a half years.  Katy was diagosed with Stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer in September 2011.

The Hester family would like to thank everyone who joined Katy to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for her recovery.


Thank you,

Ralph Hester



Bonham, Texas -- Memorial services for Katherine Jane "Katy" Hester, 66, of Bonham, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 at First Baptist Church in Bonham under the direction of Wise Funeral Home.  Bro. Chase Hinson will officiate.  Katy passed away Wednesday night, Jan. 20, 2016 at her residence.

Katy was born February 5, 1949 in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of John Jacob Hummel and Evelyn Nell Geisler Hummel. She was a graduate of Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood, Washington and attended Washington State University and the University of Texas at Austin.  Katy married Larry D. Hester on June 18, 1978 in Lancaster, Kentucky.  She was a systems analyst for IBM for many years and the Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas.

Katy was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church in Bonham and was involved in the Write-Way Prison Ministries.  She enjoyed studying the Bible and was a member of Community Bible Study of McKinney, Texas.

Katy was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother, Doug Hummel and grandmother, Jane Sater.

Katy Hester is survived by
Husband, Larry Hester of Bonham, Texas
Son, Ralph Hester of Mesquite, Texas
Daughter, Charlotte Kahn and husband, Josh of Dallas, Texas
Brother, Greg Hummel of Red River, New Mexico
Grandchildren, Taylor Hester, Karis Hester, Spencer Hester, Eliott Kahn, Jonah Kahn, Kendall Kahn and Dylan Kahn.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 710 N. Center, Bonham, TX 75418 or the Samaritans Purse at

The family will receive friends at First Baptist Church from 2:00 p.m. until service time Sunday afternoon.

Online guest register



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01/23/16 06:28 PM #1    

Kevin Cloud Brechner

Katy Hummel was a nice person.  Quiet, smart, and pretty,  We exchanged some were nice chats on this website maybe a year ago.   I am so sorry to hear of her passing.


03/15/16 09:55 PM #2    

Stan Stebing

I have been slow about commenting about Katy because we had been exchanging emails on a regular basis.  In December she sent me an email saying "no more emails, I'm in hospice care."  She promised me that her family would contact me when she passed so that I would know, and she was true to her word.  When I was first putting the MHS 1966 website together I found Katy via Facebook in the spring of 2013.  Katy was receiving treatment through the Baylor Medical School, but she didn't think that she would be alive when the Multi-Class Reunion was held.  There was even a time when she was in remission.  Throughout her battle with cancer she always maintained her love of God and was thankful for her many blessings.  Katy and I were able to have a friendship that we couldn't have in high school because we were two red heads that were too shy to talk to each other.  When I was in Texas in October I offered to come and see her but she didn't want me to see her in her condition, but wait until we are both in the hereafter.  I miss our email contact but know that Katy is with her Heavenly Father and is a precious Child of God.

03/16/16 01:43 PM #3    

Kevin Cloud Brechner

It was the same for me Stan (except for the red hair).  Although we were in a lot of classes together, I don't remember any specific conversations with Katy in high school.  However, thanks to this website and the maturity and confidence that comes with age, we had a really nice interaction about our experiences at MHS.  There are several people from our class that I have talked with much more on this website then I ever did while in high school.

03/18/16 12:29 AM #4    

Balkas Teoman (Eroz)

I am very sorry to hear Katy's passing. She was such a pretty girl. I will always remember her as she was in our senior year. May God bless her soul.

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