Nov 122015


Kathryn Rockwell 2

Kathryn D. Rockwell, 75, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at Winslow Campus of Care. Funeral services were held Nov. 10 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Winslow. Interment was at Desert View Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 22, 1940, in Snowflake to B. Dewey and Maude Jackson Perkins. She was one of six born to this union, and grew up in Shumway and Taylor.

After graduating from Snowflake Union High School in 1958, she went to work in Holbrook at the First Navajo National Bank as a teller/bookkeeper. It was at this job that she met the love of her life, Rocky; he was making a deposit for his folks’ trading post, east 20 miles on US 66. While dating, Rocky went back and finished his master’s degree and signed to teach metalwork at Winslow High School from 1962-2012. When Navajo National opened a branch office in Winslow in 1962, now Wells Fargo, Kathy moved to Winslow to be head teller and bookkeeper.

They were married in the old LDS chapel in downtown Holbrook on July 21, 1962, and were in their 54th year of marriage.

Rocky and Kathy retired from WHS in 2012, a 50-year event.

To this union were born Mary Helen in 1965 and James Leo in 1969. Both are graduates of WHS, and have blessed Kathy with four grandkids and two great-grands.

Back in the old days, Kathy was always Home Room mother, baking cookies and/or cupcakes for every excuse or holiday, even for Rocky’s vocational classes at WHS. Kathy worked the various election boards for more than 30 years for Navajo County and Winslow Public Schools. She was active with classes at Northland Pioneer College in quilting, family history and swimming. She was bowling Queen “600” and had several bowling awards. She bowled throughout the state and in several national events, and was active until ALS took her.

Survivors include her husband, George “Rocky” Rockwell; her daughter, Mary; her son, James; her grandkids, Krystal, Brittany, Gabby and Robert; her great-grandkids, Mason and Eli; two brothers, Gayle and Jackson Perkins; and a sister Sue Sansom.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Ann and Beverly Jean; her parents, B. Dewey and Maude; and her parents-in-law, Nyal and Helen Rockwell.

Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.