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Obituary: Kathryn Catlin 'Kaki' Beckett

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Kathryn Catlin “Kaki” Beckett, 78, passed away peacefully on Oct. 24, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. 

Kathryn, better known as Kaki, was born in Chattanooga on Nov. 25, 1941 and was preceded in death by her parents, Lyle and Mildred Catlin. 

While attending Tennessee Tech, Kaki began dating her future husband, Bob Beckett. They married and enjoyed 56 years of life’s adventures and blessings including the birth of two loving daughters. She was known as “Grankaki” to her three wonderful grandchildren who brought great joy and fulfillment to her life. 

Kaki had an adventurous spirit and never passed up a chance to travel, hike or canoe with her family.  She was a Girl Scout leader for several years, teaching life skills to young girls. She was an avid quilter and genealogist, taking numerous trips with her sister to quilt and research her family’s history. She had a fondness for red wine and enjoyed the quiet times she spent looking out over the Little Harpeth River that bordered her backyard. 

Kaki was a teacher for 25 years. She enjoyed enriching the lives of her students as a classroom teacher. During the final 10 years of her teaching career, she developed the technology program at St. Edward School. 

As a longtime member of Brentwood United Methodist Church, Kaki worshipped, praised and served God. She was a member of the Wesley Forum Sunday School class and enjoyed the fellowship and support of those friends. She was a participant in Disciple Bible Study, served as a youth counselor, taught Sunday school and served on the archives team. Kaki loved her summers at Mountain TOP and served as a board member.

Kaki will always be remembered for her quick wit, contagious laugh, incredible smile and amazing hugs by all who knew her. 

She is survived by her husband, Bob Beckett; daughters Andi (Sean) Harper of Lenoir City, Tennessee and Susi (Lori) Beckett of Buford, Georgia; grandchildren Beckett Lee, Helen Elizabeth and Will Tekalgn Harper; her sister, Marilyn (Ron) Sullivan of Waynesville, North Carolina; and brother, Scott Catlin of Cordova, Tennessee. 

A private service will be held in her honor where she will be interned in the Prayer Garden Columbarium at Brentwood United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Sunny Day Club at Brentwood Methodist Church, Friends of Radnor Lake or the charity of your choice.