Kathryn L. Shewmaker, 74, of Bloomington, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2018 at the Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospice House after a brief illness.
Kathy was born on October 31, 1943 in Osceola, Indiana to Raymond and Minerva (Garard) Baker. She graduated from Penn High School in 1961. Kathy married the love of her life, William “Bill” Shewmaker in 1990. She was a civil servant for 33 years, working at Grissom Air Force Base and NWSC Crane.
Kathy spent several years as a volunteer grief counselor at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church. She was a member of the Bloomington Quilters Guild, Featherweight Quit Bee, and sat on the board of the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. She was a lifelong crafter who did everything from cross-stitch to quilting, but knitting was her passion. Kathy was part of a knitting group called, “The Six of Us.” With that group, she knitted for the local homeless shelter, preemie babies, knitted knockers for breast cancer patients, and pink hats for the Women’s March on Washington. Kathy was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.
Kathy is survived by her sons Kevin (Kari) Hopkins of Orleans, IN and Corey (Dawnan) Hopkins of Omaha, NE, grandchildren, Matthew of Mitchell, Zachary of Bloomington, Elijah and Olivia of Orleans, Eleanor and Genevieve of Omaha and great-grandchildren Lessa and Allannah of Mitchell. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband Bill.
While Kathy was a wonderful mother to her sons she achieved rock-star status as a mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother. Kathy was the fun Grandma who was always up for anything when it came to doing things with her grandchildren. She taught them how to make her specialty dishes, like her epic Biscuits & Gravy, Beef and Homemade Noodles, Fudge (it had Velveeta in it!) and her famous Lemon Bars. She hosted, “Camp Grandma” during the summers for her granddaughters. She bought all kinds of things she never knew she needed from their school or sports fundraisers. She would play board games for hours with them. She made sure to attend as many games as she could, near and far. She was unselfish with her love and her time with them. Kathy loved well, and was well-loved.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in honor of Kathryn Shewmaker to Area 10 Agency on Aging or Middle Way House.
The family would like to give special thanks to the numerous loving friends who helped to navigate this journey. There wasn’t a single minute that Kathy was alone during her time in hospice care, thanks to them. Kathy’s knitting friends have also promised to finish each of the projects she had not completed for her family.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home in Ellettsville. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of services at the funeral home on Wednesday. Cremation is to follow.