Died: February 06, 2009
KATHIE ELAINE OELTJENDIERS ADOUE On February 6, one of the brightest lights of this world, Kathie (Kathi) Elaine Oeltjendiers Adoue, conceded her last breath to a relentless enemy. Until the very end of her three-year struggle with cancer, she fought with fierce determination, an unfailingly positive attitude, and a quiet dignity that will forever inspire everyone who crossed her path. This life will be forever more dim for her absence, while the next realm of being now shines brighter because of her spirit's presence. A rare beauty inside and out, blessed with great wit and intellect, Kathi was surrounded by her loving husband and three devoted daughters at the time of her passing. Truly at peace near water, the birds, and warm sun, she chose to spend her final days at her daughter Summer and son-in-law Espen's home on Lake Houston where she was blessed with unseasonably beautiful days. Kathi had just returned from a visit to Maui where her daughter Cami, son-in-law Mark, and her much loved granddaughters Kali and Madison live. Even though the disease progressed rapidly, Kathi persevered to make a final visit with her numerous friends in Hawaii and to see the whales and turtles, a part of nature she always felt a special connection to. Kathi was born to Frances and Elo Oeltjendiers in Dallas, Texas. She grew up in DeSoto and graduated from DeSoto High School. She then went to work for J.C. Hardy Publications as a graphic artist. A talented artist and accomplished Middle Eastern dancer, Kathi devoted her life to her family, home and beloved pets. She approached everything with her unique creative flair and special spark of life. An avid protector of animal rights, Kathi was especially at peace in Maui during the annual whale migration. Although Kathi traveled extensively, she was first and foremost a Texan and was always anxious to return to her home state. She was instrumental and a major force in assisting her husband to establish and maintain major veterinary medical facilities in Florida and Texas. Kathi oversaw the accounting and business operations of the animal hospitals and was invaluable in aiding in their great success. Kathi also provided valuable insight and advice on the ranch and cattle operations of the family. Kathi is survived by her heartbroken husband, Dr. Vic Adoue of Argyle, daughter Cami and her husband Mark Spurgin of Maui, daughter Amber Adoue of San Francisco, daughter Summer and her husband Dr. Espen Johansen of Houston, son Tor and his wife Ellynn Adoue of Argyle. She is also survived by her grieving parents Fran and Elo Oeltjendiers of DeSoto, her wonderful and greatly loved grandchildren Justin, Asia, Dakota, Will and Isabelle Adoue and Kali and Madison Spurgin, sisters-in-law Sue Santone and Beth Adoue-Polk and their husbands Roger and Brian, brother-in-law Keith Adoue, and dearly loved nephews and nieces Thomas, Tara, Rebecca, Ryan, Tyler, Connor, and Walker. In addition, she is survived by Uncle Richard Huebel of Bastrop, Aunt Dorothy Noack of Austin, and T.C. and LaVerrel Pittman of Albany, Texas, and many cousins. Kathi's Aunt Nora and Uncle John who helped raise her on their farm in La Grange, Texas, maternal grandparents Alfred and Mathilda Huebel of Smithville, Texas, parents-in-law Colonel Eugene and Robbie Adoue of Killeen, Texas, and Aunt Emabeth Thompson of Colorado City, Texas, precede her in death. The countless friends that could always count on Kathi for their daily dose of laughter and love will always remember and appreciate the positive and life-changing impact she made on them and will miss her terribly. Her family at Angel Veterinary Center of Flower Mound is especially saddened by her loss. Kathi cast an indelible mark that remains stamped forever on all she touched. Kathi was a Lutheran and believer, yet she possessed a unique spirit that encompassed and held close to her heart the greatness of the universe and the belief in Aloha. Her ashes will be spread in the waters of Maui, Hawaii, in the spring. Aloha and Happy Trails dear Kathi. A memorial service will be held at West-Hurtt Funeral Home, DeSoto, Texas, on Friday, February 27 at 3:00 p.m. For information, call John David at West-Hurtt at 972-223-6314. In lieu of flowers, please make donations or memorials to any legitimate animal shelter or animal welfare organization. Respectfully, please make no donations in her name to any American Cancer Society or organization.