Scholarship fundraiser in memory of Chireno community leader

Scholarship fundraiser in memory of Chireno community leader
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

CHIRENO, TX (KTRE) - An East Texas community is doing whatever it takes to keep one woman's dream and vision alive.

Kathy Thornton was heavily involved in the small town on Chireno and wore her purple proud.

"A lot of people talk about I can't wait to get out of school and move off and not come back," Debrah Owen, who help organize the Kathy Thornton event said. "A lot of people do that, but not Kathy, this is her home."

Kathy's love for the Lady Owls basketball team outshined most.

"She supported us in everything we did, she was at every game," Hannah Martin, a member of the Lady Owl's said.

"She was there, she was their book keeper," Owen said. "She cheered them on, she was their cheering team."

"It made me cry whenever they said Kathy did this for us," Elizabeth Fountain, Kathy's mother said.

When Kathy died earlier this year everyone is the Chireno community was affected.

"It was really hard to play without her there, so we dedicated every game to her from then on out," Lainey Lee, a member of the Lady Owl's said.

Now to show their appreciation for everything she's done, the community came together and created a fundraiser.

Kathy was the owner of Kathy's Kut and Kurl, which is the only hair salon in Chireno. That's why they're dedicating the scholarship to the next young cosmetologist.

"We want to keep her name attached to cosmetology so that somebody else will come in and fulfill their dream like she did hers," Owen said.

People in the Chireno community have to live off the memories and pass them down to the next generation to come.

"Little cheerleaders and all would say 'can't you just see her just spreading her tiny wings and flying above us,' it really makes me feel good," Fountain said.

To contribute to the Kathy Thornton scholarship, you can contact Owen at 936-559-3048.

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