Christina Ann Kiker Katzer, 79, entered her eternal home in heaven on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 following a five year battle with breast cancer.
She was born on Nov. 13, 1937 in Pryor, to Hubert “Bud” Kiker and Zoa Quinn Kiker.
The family lived in many Oklahoma towns eventually making a permanent home in El Reno, where Ann graduated from El Reno High School in 1956. She later studied at the University of Oklahoma.
She and her husband Melvin Whitacre were blessed with two daughters: Tara Leigh and Lori Dawn. They lived in Houston, Texas where Ann was manager of an Exxon Car Care Center.
In 1983 Ann met and married Charlie Katzer welcoming his two children: Mike and Monica into her heart. Together they owned and operated two Exxon Car Care Centers in Austin, Texas.
Twenty-two years later upon their retirement the Katzers moved to Grove, on the banks of Grand Like o' The Cherokees.
Her retirement didn't last long as she soon began working for Grand Savings Bank.
Ann's was a life of service to her family, her church and many others. She was a founding member and five year president of Inkind, Inc., which today is the second largest supplier of food to those in need in Austin.
Ann was preceded in death by her daughter, Tara Leigh Downer, her parents, her in-laws Lenard and Tillie Katzer, and her brother-in-law, Gib Gholston.
She is survived by her husband, Charlie Katzer, daughter Lori Dawn Farres and husband Greg, son Mike Katzer and wife Melissa, daughter Monica Katzer, sister Kathy Gholston, sister-in-law, Carol Katzer, brother-in-law, Lenn Katzer, son-in-law Steve Downer, granddaughters Corinne Sikes, Channing Scheryer and husband Jacob, Chelsea Lunsford and husband Patrick, Candace Young, Elise Galavaz and husband Mike and grandson Ryan Downer as well as five great-grandchildren with number six expected very soon and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ann's wish was that her earthly body be donated to Genesis Legacy Medical Research.
A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, at First Christian Church, Grove.
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to Live Wire Youth Program at First Christian Church, Grove, or Inkind, Inc., 8322 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas or a favorite charity.