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Kitty Lee Darr

Obituary for Kitty Lee Darr

February 2, 2020
San Antonio, Texas


Katherine "Kitty" Lee Hodges Darr of San Antonio, Texas passed away at home in her sleep on February 2, 2020. Kitty was born July 5, 1924 in Baltimore, Maryland. Above all else, Kitty loved her family. Kitty and Allen were a rare love story. They were married for 68 wonderful years. They were so happy with each other and proud of each other and supportive of each other. She was an avid reader, although she often couldn't wait for the ending of most books so she would usually sneak a peek. Kitty was a natural born raconteur. She loved holding court and telling her stories and she was the center piece of every room. If a story required that she scoot up in her chair and get very quiet for effect, you knew something good was coming. She saved her sister Patty's life three times; she played basketball at her all girl's school, Mt. De Sales in Baltimore; during WWII she worked at the Baltimore Cargo Port of Embarkation (a great job for a young woman she always said); she worked at the State National Bank in El Paso; she lied about her age and made her sister do the same so she could date Allen, three years her junior; she wore heals to go hunting with him (city girl); she was very patient and always ready to help with homework after everyone else went to bed; she was a much loved and helpful, long-time substitute teacher for the Aldine School District; she loved dogs and almost always had at least one; she saved her best friend's life and her best friend saved hers; she sewed the top of a pop up camper that Allen made so the family could vacation in style; she and Allen built their home in the country after Allen retired, such a labor of love; and she was always always talking about her grandchildren. She was immensely proud of her children and her grandchildren and would sing their praises to anyone she could talk to. She was always up on the news of the day. If anyone needed to know anything at all that was happening anywhere in the world, just call Nanny! She loved movies and vacations and car rides anywhere. "You can take any of the DVDs except 'Gone With the Wind!'" She and Allen decided to take a trip to Europe when they were 80ish. She had great stories about that, too. She made the best lemon meringue pie and the best fudge in the world. She used to have pie contests at Thanksgiving and Christmas where everybody in the family made a pie. She got the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Best Lemon Meringue Pie, naturally. She made her home into a hearth for the whole family that was consistent despite any other changes in all our lives. She always encouraged us to really take the time to stop and enjoy life. She said, "always shoot for the stars, that way if you land on the mountain top, you've gone somewhere." She'd always have a special treat in the kitchen. And her hug…oh my gosh, it was big and tight, and filled with complete love. And this is the way we will always remember her, with complete and total love. Kitty is survived by the love of her life, her husband of 68 years, Allen J. Darr; daughter Kathleen A. Darr (Ned Tuck); son, Daniel R. Darr (Michelle); son, Michael J. Darr (Lisa); grandchildren: Zachary D. Tuck (Brittany Billmeyer-Finn); Kaitlyn J. Tuck; Chloe E. Tuck (Michael Brazda); Michael H. Darr; Joshua T. Darr; Madeline K. Darr; and Meghan E. Darr. A host of nieces and nephews also survive, as does her best friend Emily Ahrens. Kitty was preceded in death by her parents, Catherine L. Hodges and Thomas Lee Hodges; her son, Allen Lee Darr; her sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and J. Patrick Scullin and her nephew, John T. Scullin.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in memory of Kitty Darr to: The American Cancer Society, (1-800-227-2345), or to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, https:// (1-800-237-5055).


PORTER LORING CHAPEL 1101 McCullough Ave., San Antonio


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020 9:45 AM

Father Christopher Munoz will officiate. Interment will follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

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