Katheryn Mapp Waugaman made her way to her heavenly home on March 23, 2023 in Plano, Texas at the age of 75. She was born on August 5, 1947 in Newport News, Virginia to Hallett Wales Mapp and Itasca Mapp Waters.
After spending most of her early childhood in Newport News, VA, Kathy and her family moved to Richmond, VA where she remained through the end of high school. From there, Kathy regularly attended summer camp at her beloved Camp Nimrod in Bath County, VA throughout much of her late childhood.
Kathy graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, Virginia where she was a cheerleader and named the Key Club Sweetheart. After high school, she graduated from Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia where she was a part of the Kappa Delta sorority and majored in Education.
After college, Kathy moved to Virginia Beach where she followed in her mother’s footsteps and began her career in education as an elementary school teacher. This is also where she met her husband, Don, of nearly 20 years.
After the births of Wes and Maggie and several moves, Kathy’s family made Plano, Texas their forever home. During these years, she dedicated much of her life to being an involved and supportive mother to her children. She was a loved and devoted member of the Reformed Church in Plano (RCP) where she formed many lifelong friendships. Later, Kathy returned to elementary education as an ESL teacher in Plano ISD where she remained until her recent retirement.
Kathy had many hobbies; some of her favorites included reading, playing bridge and canasta, and cheering for her Dallas Cowboys. However, she was most passionate about spending quality time with her friends and family. Kathy loved her friends to the core and enjoyed any time she had with them, whether it be sitting around the card table, traveling cross country to visit with lifelong friends, or just catching up over lengthy phone calls. Family meant the world to Kathy. From sitting on the sidelines rooting on her grandchildren, playing games and decorating Christmas cookies, relaxing beachside, to her most recent vacation spent at Rocky Shore in Maine making the most beautiful lasting memories. That is what life was truly all about to Kathy.
Kathy was affectionately known as many names by her loved ones: Kathy, Mom, Grammy and Aunt Kakie.
Kathy is survived by her son, Wes Waugaman and wife, Lindsay of Sunnyvale, Texas; daughter, Maggie Calagna and husband, Nick of Friendswood, Texas; grandsons, Cole and Jack Calagna; granddaughters, Charley and Joey Waugaman; sister, Peggy Thacker and husband, Al Insley; nephew, Stephen Thacker and wife, Debbie; niece, Anne Hallett Sarazin and husband, Hank; great nieces, Sydni, Riley, and Sam Thacker; Devon and Kayla Sarazin.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hallett Wales Mapp and Itasca Mapp Waters.
A celebration of Kathy’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at Legacy Church, 5333 Independence Pkwy, Plano, Texas. Following the service there will be time to visit with family and friends at the church.
Kathy was known for her hospitality and generosity, so in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a cause close to your heart.