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Katherine May Ransone, 96, died peacefully Feb. 25, 2022, at her home in Tuscaloosa. Services were Thursday, March 3, 1 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Paul Pradat officiating. A private burial for the family was at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park. A reception will be held at a later date.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Coleman Bernard Ransone Jr.; parents, Charlie Coble May and Kitty Guy May; brother, Dr. Charles Eugene May and her sister, Deloris Neil May.
Katherine is survived by her daughters, Natalie Ransone Harris of Knoxville, Tenn., and Kathleen Ransone Diveley and Katherine Ransone Ray (Michael), both of Birmingham; brother, Dr. Allen Wayne May (Eleanor) of Tuscaloosa; sisters, Nancy May Woodson (Wendell) of Jackson and Patricia May Parker (Frank) of Durham, N.C.; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Katherine was born Aug. 29, 1925, in Salitpa. A graduate of Jackson High School, she received an undergraduate degree from the Alabama College for Women, now the University of Montevallo. She worked at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., and National Southern Products in Tuscaloosa, prior to marrying Coleman Bernard Ransone Jr. of Virginia in December 1949. They lived in Tuscaloosa their entire marriage, with the exception of one year in Cambridge, Mass., and one year in Williamsburg, Va. Katherine lived in Tuscaloosa the remainder of her life following the death of her husband in July 1986.
She enjoyed memberships in various study, service and social organizations, including the Philanthropic Educational Organization, the Les Amis Study Club, the Arts and Letters Club, the Quakers Club, the Daughters of the Confederacy, and the University Women’s Club.
Katherine was an active long-term member of Canterbury Chapel and later Christ Episcopal Church, where she participated in the Episcopal Church Women activities, taught Sunday school, and served on the Altar Guild for many years. She believed a life well lived included service to others. She served meals to the homeless at the Soup Bowl, delivered meals through the Meals on Wheels program, tutored adults learning to read, and visited many patients in local nursing homes who frequently had no other visitors.
Katherine was a loving and devoted wife, mother and faithful friend to many. She will be missed and remembered always.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial gifts may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 605 Lurleen Wallace Boulevard North, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, or to the Tuscaloosa Public Library, 1801 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, or a charity of one’s choice.