Kathleen Mary Larkin
Kathleen Mary Larkin was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on October 14, 1946, and passed away in Shreveport, Louisiana, on June 25, 2021, at the age of 74. She was the eldest of six children of James and Arshula Larkin.
As a young child of the post-World War II generation, Kathy lived in Bastrop, Texas, as her veteran father’s career as a pilot in the United States military transitioned from war time to peace time, ending at Bergstrom Field, Texas, in June 1948. Thereafter, the family moved to Bossier City, Louisiana, where a year earlier Lieutenant James Larkin was stationed at Barksdale Field, graduating in the first advanced pilot training class of the newly organized United States Air Force. As the eldest in what became a family of six children, Kathy’s intellect, character and particularly strong personality began to emerge from the responsibilities she shouldered in that role.In the early ‘60s, a real estate opportunity moved the Larkin family to Littleton, Colorado.
As her father’s interests shifted to the restaurant and catering business, Kathy joined in as a part-time employee until her graduation from Littleton High School in 1964. Those early life experiences helped to galvanize her strong, determined and independent spirit.In 1965, Kathy enrolled at Colorado State College as the Larkin family returned to Bossier City. She later moved to Houston, Texas, excelled in real estate sales, but shifted back to her earlier passion in the restaurant franchise management business where she met her husband, Jack Hough.
Kathy and Jack lived together in Houston, Texas, until Jack’s passing in August of 2018. They loved each other and the life they made as one.Remembering Kathy would include mention of her life-long love of dogs (with a shoutout to a one ‘Mister Fred C. Dobbs’ who would ’never put the bite on you’), her skills as a self-trained chef, and the generosity she afforded any neighbor that happened by to share in her really great food – creations from a special kitchen where you would discover a commercial slicer and an authentic (and heavy) butcher’s block familiar to her from an earlier time when she was her father’s indispensable helper at his restaurant, Dixie Bar-B-Q.
To gather in her kitchen and be on the receiving end of one of her legendary sliced roast beef sandwiches – always made with that toasted onion roll and served up with an obscene sauce au jus – would just water your eyes and make you howl for another.
Kathy was particularly proud that after she retired, she enlisted with the Red Cross and trained to become a Certified Disaster Relief Volunteer.If you knew Kathy you would have been unambiguously aware of her love of country, belief in conservative values, and sometimes prickly engagement with political figures.
By force of character, she was known to author entertaining E-mails at any hour of the day on a variety of thoughts that came to her mind. They were witty, most often whimsical, always colorful … and positively Kathy.In November of 2018, Kathy returned the Shreveport/Bossier area to be near family until her passing at age 74. She is forever loved and remembered by those of us who shared her life.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents James and Arshula Larkin and husband Jack Hough. She is survived by her five siblings – Timothy (married to Evangeline Price Larkin), Patrick (married to Kathleen Kennedy Larkin), Colleen, Michael (married to Sirpa Nummela-Larkin), and Bridget (married to Scott Sinclair); six nieces and nephews – Lauren Larkin, Blake Larkin (married to Ruth), Patrick Larkin (married to Kayleigh), Erin Sinclair (married to Phil Hull), Spencer Sinclair (married to Annie), and James Larkin; and six great-nieces and -nephews – Lincoln Larkin, Reagan Larkin, Audrey Anna Larkin, Abram Larkin, Juliet Larkin, and Hadley Sinclair.