Kathryn Brooks Harder

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Kathryn Brooks Harder entered her eternal home on May 20, 2017. She was a most loved wife, a loving mother and grandmother, gifted educator, and wonderful friend to many. Kathryn was born August 31, 1928 in McLean, Texas to Horace and Ruth Brooks. She graduated from High School in McLean and later attended West Texas State in Canyon, Texas where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Kathryn married James Harder on June 5, 1949, and they were blessed with two children, Larry Harder and Kim Harder Williams. She began her teaching career in Levelland, Texas, retiring in 1977. Kathryn was a member of First United Methodist Church in Levelland, Texas where she served on many committees. She and her husband were devoted volunteers for Meals on Wheels and faithfully visited nursing home residents. She spent her retirement years doting on her family and spending time golfing, playing bridge and tennis and participating in various Bible studies.
Kathryn is survived by her husband, James of Lubbock; daughter, Kim Williams and husband, Rob Williams of Lubbock; and daughter-in-law, Pat Harder also of Lubbock. She is also survived by her four grandchildren Kristin Booher and husband, Trent; Kasey Brazelton and husband, Blake; Reagan Alexander and husband, Chase; and Alex Miller and husband, Matt. Kathryn was also blessed with ten great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Horace and Ruth Brooks; son, Larry Harder; brother, Jack Brooks; and sister, Beth Jordan. The family extends a personal and heartfelt expression of gratitude to the staff at Wilshire Place, who lovingly cared for her the past three years.


The family requests donations to the Larry Harder Memorial Scholarship Fund at South Plains College or a favorite charity.


14 thoughts on “Kathryn Brooks Harder”

  1. Linda Barnette

    So sad to hear of Kathryn’s passing, but after a long good bye I know your hearts are heavy! I loved this lady for many years! She has been missed!

  2. Scott Rombokas

    I always enjoyed visiting with her and her husband at church. She was kind and friendly and interested in others. God Bless.

  3. Larry and Sharon Tapp

    Was so sad to hear above Kathryn Harder passing. The entire Harder family is the most caring and loving family I have ever known. I know Kathryn is in a better place now and rejoying with her loved one that passed away before her. My prayers are for James and Kim and all the family.

  4. Joe Bill and Terri Vardeman

    So sorry to hear of Kathryn’s passing. She was a joy to be around and loved visiting with her and James from time to time. I know she will be missed but is going to a much better place of comfort.

  5. Sweet James and Kim~how blessed you have been to have this angel in your life. Kathryn was such an inspiration and role model to me. She taught me many things about life, cooking, and relationships. Not to mention tennis, skiing and golf 😉 … Don’t you know she is having a time being in charge of some Bridge game! Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. James~I can hear you call her Babe, and the way she giggled when you teased her. Such a neat marriage. Love you guys and hurt with you.
    My deepest sympathies
    Donnie O’Rand

  6. So sorry for your loss. She touched a lot of young lives over the years, she was a caring teacher and a wonderful mentor.
    Rita Wilson-Carlisle
    3rd Grade Cactus Elementary 1957

  7. So sorry for the loss of dear Kathryn. She was a great teacher and wonderful lady. You all will be in our prayers.

  8. It was an honor to be taught by Kathryn Harder. I was truly saddened to hear of her passing.I will always remember her passion for teaching.

  9. DeAnn Henderson

    I always enjoyed Kathryn. I had wonderful visits with her at the grocery store and have memories of times spent while growing up at their house.

  10. Nancy McDonnell

    Kim and Family,
    So very sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. She was a very special lady and I remember with great fondness all the times I spent with you and your family growing up in Levelland. I was lucky enough to have her as a teacher – she was a truly passionate in the classroom. My deepest sympathy to you and your family, Nancy McDonnell Harlin

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