Kathryn Elizabeth (Casto) Atkinson

Kathryn Elizabeth (Casto) Atkinson

November 3, 1948 - December 15, 2021

Kathryn Elizabeth (Casto) Atkinson, 73, of Ripley, WV passed away on December 15, 2021, at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, WV.

She was born on November 3, 1948, in Ravenswood, WV, daughter of the late Paul Aaron Casto and Emma Richards Casto.

Kathy was an active member of West Ripley Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, and choir director. She was an English and Journalism teacher at Ripley High School for 37 years and was the Advisor for The Viking Press during this time. Through both church and school, her authentic love for young people enabled her to touch the lives of countless young men and women in Jackson County. She deeply loved her family, bird watching, singing, playing the autoharp, and volunteering at Eldercare in Ripley.

Some of her most precious memories were those of Sunday Dinner at her parent’s home, with all of her family gathered around the table after church. Those memories were so special, that even after the passing of her parents, they continued the tradition. It became a weekly date with her brother, and sister-in-law, only now at a restaurant, and the conversations often revolved around what a wonderful life they had lived. These conversations were something that her daughter would soak up when she would join. These wonderful gatherings went on for another 15 years solidifying what it meant to be family.

Surviving is her daughter, Sarabeth Harris of Charleston, WV, her brother Allen “Buck” Casto and his wife Wanda, Sandyville, WV; and two step grandchildren, Savannah Woodham Mitchell (Dalton) of Ft. Benning, GA and Jacob Woodham (Annanell) of DeFuniak Springs, FL; and three great grandchildren, Sophia, Amelia, and Dallas. Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Aaron Casto of Ravenswood, WV, Paul (Sherri) Casto of Sandyville, WV, Jennifer (Mark) Price of Mt. Gilead OH, and Andrea Waugh; and great nieces, Kalli Casto and Samara Casto.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Chuck” Atkinson and sister, Karen Casto Waugh.

Services will be held on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, WV at 2pm with Pastor Franklin Howerton officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery.

Friends may visit the family at the funeral home on Saturday, December 18, 2021 from 12-2pm.

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