The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas


January 23, 2014

Katharine “Kay” Stepp

Katharine “Kay” Blount Stepp lost her long battle with inflammatory breast cancer on Jan. 19, 2014 in Palestine, Texas. She is now resting in peace where there is no more pain and suffering.

Kay was a life-long supporter of our armed forces, especially her “Navy.” She was born into a military family in Corpus Christi, Texas, where her parents, LCDR Robert P. Blount, USN Retired (Bob) and Mrs. Bobby Ann Blount, were serving on active duty with the U.S. Navy. Growing up in this Navy family, her early years were spent in numerous different locations on the U.S. West Coast, Hawaii, and Japan, finally setting in Alamogordo, New Mexico where she graduated from high school.

Following a short period at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M., Kay continued the family Navy tradition and enlisted herself. She spent six years on active duty as a Navy Yeoman, working in the administrative offices of a fighter squadron at the Navy Air Station, Miramar, San Diego, Calif., and on the staff of the Commander, Third Fleet at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Following her active duty service, she spent an additional two years in the Naval Reserve while working as an administrative clerk in the Naval Sea Systems Command office in San Diego.

During her tour of duty in Hawaii, Kay met her husband of 34 years, CDR. William E. Stepp, USN Retired (Bill). They were married on New Year’s Eve in 1979. They spent their final years of his active Naval service in Yokosuka, Japan and the Territory of Guam. Bill retired on Guam from the Navy the same month that their oldest daughter, Keila Rebecca, was born. Following military service, they lived and worked on Guam; in Marion, N.C.; Woodbridge, Va.; and, Las Cruces, N.M. Their youngest daughter, Kristen Ann, was born while they were living in North Carolina.

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