Kitty (Kathleen) Schultze died Wednesday, January 23, 2013, in Croton-On-Hudson, NY. The cause was brain-cancer. A service celebrating her life will be held this Spring or Summer in Hope.
Kitty was born in Wink, Texas, on August 9, 1928, as Kathleen Tolleson, to Mr. and Mrs. Claude Tolleson. She grew up in Hope, where she graduated from Hope High School and nearby Henderson Teacher's College. By all accounts, Kitty was one of the most striking young women in Arkansas. She won several beauty pageants, including the Queen of Stars, whose voting body was the Notre Dame Football team.
In 1948, she married Claude Vernon Nunn, Jr., who was City Attorney of Hope during the 1950s. Their only child, Remmel Tolleson Nunn, was born in Hope in 1949. In 1960, the Nunns moved to Lordsburg, New Mexico, where Mr. Nunn became City Attorney and Kitty taught school. After C.V. Nunn died in 1968, Kitty moved to Deming, New Mexico, and continued to teach. In 1988 she married Ray Schultze, a retired mining engineer who died in 1997. Kitty later retired to Las Cruces, New Mexico.
In 2011 she was diagnosed with cancer and moved to her son's home in Croton-On-Hudson, New York, for treatment at nearby Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She died painlessly at home there on January 23, 2013, with her son Remmel, his wife, Kate, and their son William Barrett Nunn. More beautiful than ever during the final years of her life, Kitty was above all a beauty in her heart and ours, where beauty cannot die.
Survivors, other than her family in New York, include two sisters, Jackie Jeffreys Ramsey, formerly of Deming, N.M., and Dolores McRae, of Hope; nephews, Gary Jeffreys, of Deming, N.M., and wife, Claudia, and Danny Jeffreys, and wife, Suzie, of Tomball, Texas, and Mike Tolleson, of Hope; and, a niece, Mary Gail Burgess, of Hot Springs.
Kitty was preceded in death by her parents, W.C. and Clara Tolleson; and a brother, W. C. Tolleson, Jr.
Condolences may be directed to the family in care of Edward F. Carter Funeral Home, Croton-on-Hudson, N. Y. (914) 271-4882.