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Funeral service for Katherine Ann Marino, 77, of Timpson, will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at Taylor Funeral Home with Andy Glenn officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1-2pm.
Mrs. Marino passed away on Friday, April 14, 2023 in Timpson. She was born on April 5, 1946 in Morgan City, Louisiana.
Katherine was born in Morgan City, Louisiana, the daughter of Herbert and Ellen Reeves Brown. She grew up on the bayou where she learned to love fishing, crabbing and generally being outdoors with her siblings. They had a bond like no other and continued that closeness during their lifetime. In 1965, at the age of 19, Katherine married Luke Marino, Sr. She became a housewife and filled her home with love and of course, children. In 1979 they moved to Timpson and bought a store. She absolutely treasured being a mother. Her kids were the light of her life and she made sure they knew she was always there for them. Although life dealt her the sorrow of being a widow early in life, she took it in stride and raised her children to know many things, including to love The Lord, be your own person, stand up for yourself and others, always put your family in the forefront of everything and to strive to be better people with every passing day. Katherine remarried later in life and remained the family matriarch.
Katherine was a woman of strong opinions and when asked what she thought about something, you better be ready because she was going to tell you…whether you liked it or not. She was boisterous, bold and could be a bit rigid but this is what made her strong. She loved with her whole heart and if she loved you, you knew it without any doubt. She would give up anything for those she loved. Although she was stern in her teachings, she was loving and giving. Katherine was proud of her children and what they grew up to be and bragged on them to everyone. Their families were perfect in her eyes and she loved all of them. Being a mother was her greatest accomplishment and watching them grow up and be successful adults was the answer to her prayers. When she had the name of “Granny” bestowed upon her, her heart was overwhelmed with joy. She treated and loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren just as she did their parents.
Katherine was happiest when surrounded by her entire family and loved being the center of their world. She lived life to the fullest and made many memories while traveling with her sister, Lillie and best friend, Alice Blaze. They played Bingo, took their chances at the casino and saw many wonderful places together. She also made every vacation she could with her kids and grandkids. More than anything, she loved watching the happiness unfold right in front of her as they made these memories together. She loved watching old westerns, crocheting, reading and working puzzles. She also had a vast collection of movies that she spent many hours watching with her family. Katherine will forever be remembered as the strong woman who held the family close. Her teachings, devotion and dedication will remain the glue that will hold together the one thing she was most proud of….her family.
Katherine is survived by her children, Luke Marino, Jr. & wife, Sherrie, Josephine Wise & husband, James, Bernadette Williams & husband, Donald Ray and Jennifer Pugh; son-in-law, Thomas Hughes; grandchildren, Thomas Hughes, Jr., Christina Thompson & husband, Wes, Richard Hughes & wife, Jasmine, Andrew Wise, Mollie Wise, Taylor Ray Williams & wife, Whitley, Laura Moore, Matthew Benson, Gracie Benson, James Williams, Daniel Pugh, Paden Pugh, Shane Pugh and Sara Pugh; great grandchildren, Tayley Williams, Dozier Williams and Asher Hughes; siblings, Lillie Glenn, Liz Brown and Harold Brown & wife, Jernyl.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Luke Marino, Sr. and Rickey Gray; daughters, Laura Marino and Angela Hughes; great granddaughter Sophie Williams and her best friend, Alice Blaze.
Serving as pallbearers will be Thomas Hughes, Jr., Taylor Ray Williams, Richard Hughes, Andrew Wise, Daniel Pugh, Matthew Benson, Paden Pugh, James Williams and Shane Pugh.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Hospice In The Pines for the exceptional care given to their beloved mother and for the kindness they showed to them during their time of need.