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Kathryn Marie “Kate” Pickett

May 9, 1921 – April 4, 2022

Kathryn Marie “Kate” Pickett, age 100, of Sheridan, Ind., passed away on Monday morning, April 4, 2022, at Harbour Manor in Noblesville, Indiana.

She was born May 9, 1921 in Hamilton County, Ind, daughter of the late Lindley Parry & Lemon C. (Steffey) Pickett.

Ms. Pickett graduated from Sheridan High School with the Class of 1939. After earning her certification from Comptometer School, she was hired on with American United Life Insurance in Indianapolis and remained with the company until her retirement. Mrs. Pickett soon realized that retirement wasn’t for her; she went back to work part time for the Hamilton County Voter and Election Office, as well as Kohl’s Department Store in Westfield.

She was a charter member of the Theta Alpha Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Psi; she enjoyed many years of service and friendship with the Sheridan sorority. Ms. Pickett was also active within Job’s Daughters, where she dutifully served as Guardian of Bethel #34 in Sheridan for many years and spent one term as a member of the Indiana State Bethel. She was a longtime member of the American Business Women’s Association and served as their president for a short time.

Ms. Pickett was a lifetime member of the Sheridan First United Methodist Church. If there was something going on at the church, you’d find her there. From teaching Sunday school and working in the nursery, to church dinners and everything in between, she was an unforgettable part of the history and legacy of her church family.

As busy as her life could get, Ms. Pickett never missed an opportunity to enjoy the company of friends and family. Whether it was a trip down to the Dairy Queen or destinations much, much further away, she was always ready to go and would clear her schedule at a moment’s notice. Over the years she was fortunate to travel quite a bit with various friends and family. She attended the Rose Bowl Parade, toured Europe, and was able to visit nearly every state, including Alaska at some point in time.

Ms. Pickett enjoyed sitting around and visiting and was usually quick to give you the run down on all of the comings and goings with her family. She loved her family very much and was always excited when she had the chance to babysit any of her nieces and nephews.

Survivors include her nephews, Donald (Nancy) E. Leonard of Monticello and James (Theresa) E. Pickett of Smyrna, Tenn.; nieces Mary Ann Leonard-Morford-Lowder of Noblesville, Nancy (Bob) J. Leonard-Tansy of Loveland, Ohio, Connie Pickett-Bouse of Kirklin, Suzanne “Suzy” Pickett of Sheridan, Angie Pickett of Cicero and Yvonne Pickett of Sheridan; great nieces and nephews Mary (John) Lou Finchum, Lewis (Kathryn) Morford IV, Catherine (Darren) Lyn Wilson, Donald (Lisa) Earl Leonard, Daniel (Aurora) Eric Leonard, Kelly (Nick) Cacco, Kyle (Michelle) Tansy, Scott (Buffy) Bouse, Stacey (Brian) Harwood, Steffanie Pickett, Kari Pickett, Olivia Pickett, Steven Pickett, Jill Pickett and Jeremy (Amy) Pickett.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Emalou Leonard and her husband Clayborn “Jack” Leonard; brothers Richard L. Pickett and his wife Lois and Ralph “Hap” Pickett and his wife Martha; and nephews John P. Pickett of Sheridan and Ken Pickett of Cicero.

Services are scheduled to be held at 2 p.m. on Fri., April 8, 2022, at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th Street, Sheridan, Ind, with Visitation scheduled to run from 12 p.m. until the time of Service.

Burial will follow at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan.

Memorial contributions may be presented to the Sheridan First United Methodist Church, 207 E. 2nd street, Sheridan, Ind. 46069.