Mary Katherine Choate ‘Kay’ Johnson
Born:4/18/1939 Died:02/01/2010 Maiden Name:Choate Honorific: n/a
Mary Katherine “Kay” Choate Johnson was born in Watonga on April 18, 1939, to the late Lois Olivette Edens and George Rudolph Choate, an original Choctaw enrollee. She died Feb. 1, 2010, in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Kay was a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She graduated salutatorian from Gray High School in Idabel and earned her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oklahoma State University and master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Oklahoma. She taught high school on Molokai, Hawaii for a year and served in the Army Special Service as a librarian in Nuremberg and Darmstadt, Germany for 2-½ years. She was a staff librarian at California State University-Hayward, at Mandeville School in Jamaica and at the public libraries in St Cloud, Minn., and Santa Rosa before serving twenty years as the librarian at Santa Rosa Junior High. She retired in 1998.
Kay belonged to American Association of University Women (AAUW), Story Tellers’ Club and women’s groups at First United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa where she was a member. Her interests were travel and hiking, storytelling, reading, playing piano and attending concerts. Kay loved good conversation, rich vocabulary, and nurtured her many, long friendships going back to childhood days.
Kay was preceded in death by two brothers, Lt. George R. Choate Jr. and James Frederick Choate.
She is survived by sisters, Jerry Choate Colby of Asheville, N.C., and Ramona Choate Schrader of Knoxville, Tenn.; brother David E. Choate of Williamsburg, Va.; and many nieces and nephews who loved and admired her.