Katherine Wallace passed from our midst recently. She was loved by many people she never met. She brought joy each week to many who enjoyed reading the “Red Oak News” column in the Coushatta Citizen.
Wallace lived modestly on the Red Oak Road for years. She wrote about the things she observed out her window and from her porch. We all got to share when she noted that the birds were flying, that we got some rain, or the kids are getting ready to go back to school.
Her paper posted this brief obituary:
“March 25, 1945 – March 5, 2019
A graveside service for Katherine Wallace, 73, of Coushatta was Friday, May 3 at Davis Springs Southern Methodist Church, officiated by Bro. Olan McLaren. She was born March 25, 1945 and passed away March 5, 2019. She was a long-time correspondent for the Coushatta Citizen, writing the Red Oak News for many years.”
After moving from the Red Oak Road to Green Meadow Haven in 2017, Wallace remained active and continued writing her column for a time. Wallace was Queen at the Valentine’s party at the nursing home in 2017. She also enjoyed the traveling Elvis impersonator who came to entertain the residents. One moment The Journal noted was her broad smile when “Elvis” wiped the perspiration from his brow and presented the scarf to her. Later she posed with him for pictures.
Thanks to C’Ann Norman for the photo and to others whose remembrances of Wallace assisted with this story. Some say that we never know the impact we have on other people. I am sure that is true of the correspondent from the Red Oak Road. Bob Hope put it best, “Thanks for the memories…”