, Muskogee, OK


September 29, 2013

Katie Lane Westervelt

1933 – 2013

Katie Lane Westervelt, 80, formerly of Muskogee, died Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Autumn Leaves Memory Care Facility of Tulsa.

She was born February 7, 1933 in Birmingham, Alabama to James and Truma (Williams) Bowens.

Katie worked as an interior decorator and in retail sales for Sears in Muskogee.  She retired in 1993.  She enjoyed sewing, floral arrangement design, traveling and being with family.

Katie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lester Westervelt in 2001; sisters, Jean Arnold, Ruth Bowens, Sandra Yoemans and Diane Barkley; brothers, James Bowens, Foy Bowens, Donny Bowens and Billy Bowens and son-in-law, Rudolph Phipps.

She is survived by her loving partner, George Howard of Sherman, Texas; three daughters, Katherine Croze, Janet Ballardo and her husband, Dennis, and De’Ette Doerr and her husband, Don, all of Jenks; grandchildren and their spouses, John and Donna Alford, Sean Ballardo, Stephany Ballardo, Darla Ballardo, Derek and Kayla Doerr and Danelle Doerr; eight great-grandchildren, siblings and their spouses, Helen McCarthy, Dollene Russell, Patricia Yarbrough and Terry Bowens.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Fosters’ Ivory Chapel with Chaplain Alan McBroom of St. Francis Hospice officiating.  Interment will follow in Fort Gibson National Cemetery.

 Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home.  Condolences to the family may be made at


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