Kathy Longhat

August 12, 1956 - December 1, 2018
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Reverend Katherine Ann Waters Longhat, affectionately known as Kathy, was born on August 12, 1956 in Oklahoma City, OK to Lindy B. Waters, Sr. and Vena Joyce Tsoodle Waters. She was married to Mickey Longhat on February 4th, 1995, who preceded her in death on July 31st, 2010.


Her early years, until the age of 8, were spent living in Norman, OK. When her father surrendered to the ministry in 1964, her family moved to Bristow, OK where she attended Bristow Public Schools for one year. In the summer of 1965, her father’s ministry moved them to Dewey, OK where she became a Dewey Bulldogger for the following four years until the move to Ponca City, OK in 1969. While in Ponca City, Kathy attended West Jr. High for two years where she honed her skill in tennis and excelled. During this time, she was active in the youth group of the Ponca Indian United Methodist Church. In 1971, her family moved to Dallas, TX where she attended Sunset High School. While at Sunset, Kathy was involved in different service clubs and was a member of the girls tennis team. She was inducted into the National Honor Society and graduated high school with honors in 1974. As a member of the Dallas Indian United Methodist Church, she became the youngest lay person in the Oklahoma Indian Mission Conference to be certified as a lay leader at the age of sixteen. Thus began her journey towards the ministry.


Kathy attended Mountain View Jr. College in Dallas, TX, Oklahoma City University from 1976 to 1979, and then completed her Bachelors degree in 2001 from the University of Oklahoma majoring in the Native American Studies program. While she was attending Oklahoma City University, Kathy represented the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference United Methodist Women for four years as a representative at the national level of the General Board of Global Ministries, New York City, NY.


In August of 1974, Kathy was a part of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference Youth Choir that toured the Alabama-West Florida. A life experience that she carried close to her heart.


In 2001, she moved to Claremont, CA with her family to attend the Claremont School of Theology. While studying towards her degree, she pastored the Claremont Indian United Methodist Church. In the spring of 2005, she graduated with her Masters of Divinity in Theology.


In the spring of 2006, she returned home to Oklahoma where she was given the assignment from the United Methodist Church to be the Wesley Foundation Campus Minister for Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. During this time in her ministry, it brought about a change as she felt led to join the American Baptist Church. From 2008 to 2011, she served as the pastor for the Rainy Mountain Kiowa Indian Baptist Church in Mountain View, OK, the church she attended as a child with her grandparents who were members there. Shortly after the passing of her husband Mickey in July of 2010, she left the Rainy Mountain church to focus on her health and her family.


In the spring of 2011, she returned to the pulpit and became the interim pastor for the Watonga Indian Baptist Church in Watonga, OK. From 2012 through the fall semester of 2014, she served as the Director of Christian Education at Bacone College in Muskogee, OK, all the while continuing to serve and minister to the Watonga congregation. At the time of her passing, she was employed by Norman Public Schools as the assistant to the Indian Education Director.


Kathy was a member of the Oklahoma Indian Baptist Association, serving as the president up to the day that the Lord called her home. She served two terms on the Board of International Ministries of the American Baptist Church and was a member of the Western Region Office of the American Baptist Central Region. She also was the Mission Liaison for Native American Intercultural Ministries/Home Mission Society.


Kathy’s talents were many. She enjoyed playing the piano, cheering on her boys, grandchildren, and family in their sports endeavors, singing with her sisters, making frybread, and rooting for OU football and OSU basketball. When it came to participating in sports, she competed in Native Women’s softball, bowling, and basketball until, in her words, “my knees could take no more.” Most of all, she loved sharing her beautiful resounding voice. She was infamous for her powerful lulus.


Her four boys and nine grandchildren brought joy to her life. When she spoke of their activities and adventures, it brought a smile and a smirk, that only a mother can understand. The road was not always easy, yet she always conveyed to them that believing in the Lord Jesus Christ is their ticket to seeing her again.


Kathy was bold in her faith, sharing the Gospel wherever she went, unafraid to be a witness to God’s amazing grace. Her testimony was that “she was called by God, not by man.”


She is survived by her four sons, Bill “BJ” Thomas of Norman, OK, Lynsey Thomas and wife Sammy Jo of Durant, OK, Nathan Thomas of McAlester, OK, and Jeremy Longhat of the home, grandchildren Lilly, Mikha, Mya, Romeo, Emery, Nehemiah, Moses, London, and Eniko, two brothers, Rick Waters and wife Deana of Louisville, CO, and Lindy B. Waters, Jr. and wife Lisa of Norman, OK, two sisters, Melinda Waters Miles of Norman, OK, and Melissa Waters Norman of Fort Worth, TX, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. She is preceded in death by her husband, Mickey Longhat, parents, Rev. Lindy B. Waters, Sr. and Vena Joyce Tsoodle Waters, maternal grandparents, Rev. Duke Tsoodle, Sr. and Dora Autaubo Tsoodle, and paternal grandparents, Rosella Girty Bosin and Rev. John A. Bosin, Sr., and Richard Waters.

Services under the direction of Ray & Martha's Funeral Home, Carnegie, Oklahoma



Service Information

Viewing
Date: December 3, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Viewing
Date: December 4, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wake
Date: December 4, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Funeral
Date: December 5, 2018
Time: 11:00 am

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Bill Reedy
Carnegie, OK
R.I.P. My Sister!!! Your Feet are on The Streets of Gold!!!
Archie Mason
Tulsa, OK
Condolences from All Tribes Community Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Archie Mason, Moderator.
Rita Adams
Topeka, KS
My dear sister, My heart breaks that I personally will never see your bright smiling face here on earth...but rejoices knowing I will see you again one day.  May your time now be filled with no more pain, but only joy as you have met our Savior face to face and know His abiding peace.  Until another day, my sister!
Vicki Jansing
Norman, OK
My dear neighbor, I will miss seeing your happy and sweet smile. Unfortunately, I never knew your interesting and blessed life story till reading your obit.  We had visited some but, you sure left out a bunch of your history! You were so kind and humble. I am sure you are shining bright right now with your Savior! XO
Wilma Engle
WICHITA, KS
Kathy has been a very special friend.  We prayed together for her husband & then for her health but she always yielded to God's will for her.  She dearly loved her children & wanted to spend more time with them on earth but is now waiting to spend eternity with them & her LORD.  Well done good & faithful servant Kathy!
John Williams
Topeka, KS
Kathy is a dear friend a a wonderful servant of God who has not completed her work on earth and is singing God's praise at the feet of Jesus.  She will be missed here, but never forgotten and her witness and testimony will endure for generations.  Well done my faithful sister.
Pastor James & Linda Callaway
Topeka, KS
To The Family of Kathy: You are being kept close in our hearts, with our deepest heartfelt thoughts of sympathy and prayers because of your beloved Kathy. We would like to express our sincere wishes for your innermost strength and peace (Numbers 6:24-26). We hope you feel the Holy Spirit’s presence in all the kind-heartedness and loving support that God sends your way. “God is our refuge and strength…” (Psalm 46:1). May your faith and the spiritually inspirational care of those who share your loss help to comfort you in this time of sadness. Kathy was so very special to us and she loved serving the Lord! The many precious moments we shared with her in Christian fellowship, true friendship, and in prayer will be cherished forever. We’re praying God’s blessings for each day’s treasured memories that mean the most to you; may they live forever in your heart as God gives you comfort and inner-peace for your beloved Kathy. “For He {God} will command His {God’s} angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:11). Extending Heartfelt Sympathy! Pastor James and Linda Callaway (American Baptist Churches of the Central Region)
Pastors Andrew & Susan Ware
Anadarko, OK
Wishing the family our deepest condolences. Will miss hearing her sing and boisterous lulu’s. She could raise the roof off with her lulu’s! Will be good to see her again one day.
Jerry and Sally Bread Family
Norman, OK
We will miss you my sister but we understand there is victory in Jesus and will see you again for we are believers.
Marianna hall
BARTLESVILLE, OK
My heart and prayers go to the whole family.  She was loved and will be missed!
God gained a beautiful angel!!
Danielle
Lawton, OK
Kathy you are Such an Inspiration....
Me & my brother Daniel
would like to give our Deepest Condolences
Kathy you will truly be Loved & Missed everyday ????
Daniel said you was Beautiful ? and i agree
?? You did GOOD
we will NEVER forgwt you ?? REST EASY ...
Wesley C. Goombi
Mountain View, OK
Another beautiful Soul has reached her Heavenly Home.  Praise God!! She fought hard to the last minute.  Touched so many hearts in the short years she lived.  Has truly been a blessing to me in my walk with God.  Loved her dearly.  Sad but rejoicing for I know she is Home!! She had such a beautiful voice and I loved to hear her sing.  I will surely miss that.  Rest In Peace, Sister.
Frances & Wendell
Albuquerque, NC
Praying for all our family, for comfort and peace! Much love and blessings to all!!!
H June Marshall
Okmulgee, OK
Kathy , you and your sister just recently visited our Newtown UMC Church and you blessed us with a song that touched our souls with peace.  Now you are with our LORD AND Savior and family. Your grandpa, the Reverend Duke Tsoodle, Sr., was my very first pastor and his sweet wife Martha was my brothers, sister, and my Sunday school teacher. This was where we loved and accepted Christ. I can imagine the celebration taking place in heaven.
Andi brungardt
Pocasset, OK
You are in our hearts forever
Mary Etta Copeland
De Soto, KS
While I had little "face to face relationship" with Kathy, she became very special to me through the journey of writing "40 Days of Prayers" for Central Region ABW Conference.  With consistency I grew to appreciate and expect her almost daily replies of confirmation and affirmation . . . a marvelous contribution to the success God brought to our experiences at these summer experiences! She was a beautiful and wonderful gift to many.
Lynnetta E
Oklahoma, OK
Prayers for the family. Kathy was such a sweet and friendly person, we will miss her. She played the piano at our wedding almost 20 years ago.
Bill & Juanita Goombi
Wagoner, OK
We Love You!! See you in Heaven!!
Rev. Dr. Sandra Hasenauer
Rochester, NY
I met Kathy when we were both guest leadership at a women's event in Kansas, and I well remember long conversations with her that continued each time we saw each other at ABCUSA events. I appreciated so her spirit and grace. She is missed.
Jennifer Sanborn
Hartford, CT
I remember Kathy's powerful word offered at the American Baptist biennial in Portland. She was filled with the Spirit--one of the most courageous voices I've heard.
Donnia Emhoolah z
Miami, FL
I’m really going to miss her. Please accept my most sincere condolences. My Prayers are being sent for all of the family. ??
Herman & Rose Haury
ANADARKO, OK
Sister in the Lord Kathy Longhat left a legacy of Love for the world.  I can hear her beautiful voice singing in heaven May Father God bring comfort to all the family we feel your heart break
Michael and Georgia EMHOOLAH
Oklahoma City, OK
Our sincere condolences to the family
Curtis Akoneto
Ft.Cobb, OK
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