Community Remembers Kathy Heibert

Children played around the casket of Kathy Heibert. The vivacious woman probably would have liked that for her celebration of her short life of only 43 years. Heibert suddenly died on Thursday in Houston. The week before she became extremely ill in Nacogdoches due to a blocked small intestine.

Kathy is admired for caring for her five children, especially twins Brooke and Brett during years of illnesses and bone marrow transplants. Charles Jones, was Kathy's childhood pastor. " She had these mothering instincts and she would take charge and when would love them and she would make them mind. "

During the children's illness Kathy did numerous stories with KTRE promoting Angel Flight. The volunteer air service saw that she and her babies got back and forth to Dallas for needed treatments. The organizer didn't pass up a chance to recruit more volunteers. In a 2004 interview Kathy said, " I know there are pilots in Lufkin and Nacogdoches who probably would be great Angel Flight pilots. " She then gave that great smile.

Kathy went way beyond helping her immediate family. She organized reunions with a large extended family. More than 500 friends showed up at her visitation indicating how much she did for others. That's why so many are asking, 'Why Kathy, after all she's done?' John Branham, pastor of First Church of the Nazarene comforted with, " I just know in the Lord's time he sees things we don't see. "

Kathy is survived by her husband Todd. The Central Heights coach is pleased the children are now healthy. Brett is still receiving preventive treatments. Brooke exhibits her mother's enthusiasm for life. Todd says he's overwhelmed and concerned about taking over his wife's duties. Yet he shared that faith in Christ is what has sustained them through life. His wife called it a journey. " We  had a pretty incredible journey," she said in 2004.

A family and community is missing this servant. They obtain strength knowing there's been another successful 'Angel Flight'.