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Verner Jim Kothmann
November 6, 1933 - May 24, 2013

Services will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, June 1, 2013, in the Pearsall First Baptist Church, 204 S Walnut Street Pearsall, Texas 78061. Visitation will be Friday, May 31, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Hurley Funeral Home, 608 E. Trinity

Pearsall, TX 78061.

  Local cattlewoman Verner Jim Booth Kothmann, known to most as “Jim,”  passed away on May 24, 2013, in San Antonio, after a long illness. She was born in Center, Texas, to Homer Booth and Paula Margaret Owens Booth Rogstad on November 6,1933. She split her childhood between East Texas and South Texas, where she grew up on ranches with her parents and only sibling, Ronnie Booth of Three Rivers.

 

Jim attended Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State, where she met her future husband, Ryland Benjamin (“R.B.”) Kothmann, Jr. The avid roper married the rodeo queen on February 12, 1954, and lived in San Marcos, Texas. Jim attended business school. RB was called to serve his country in Japan, so the couple expressed their love for each other in many, many airmail letters.

 

Jim gave RB their first child, Ryland Benjamin (“Koty”) Kothmann III. They moved to Pearsall, Texas, where RB ranched with his father. Jim worked at the weekly cattle auction and enjoyed teaming up with the other “Sale Girls.” Both RB and Jim taught school as well. They had two daughters, Paula Lynn (“Kitten”) Kothmann and Kammi Kay Kothmann. Jim was a devoted mother who nursed her son through illness and her daughter Kammi through long recovery from a car accident.

 

Jim led an active social life in Pearsall as a founding member of the “Dutch Treat Club.” She and her husband were known for their country dancing, and many recall the towering RB dancing with the petite Jim to “Running Bear Loves the Little White Dove.” She and RB enjoyed travelling to Mexico and Las Vegas.

 

Jim lost RB when she was only 46 and she suddenly had to take charge of the cattle. With good friends like Pearsall legend Rowdy Pate helping her, Jim ran a successful cattle, hunting, and mineral operation for many years. Jim passionately protected the land she loved so much in South Texas and stood up to oil companies that attempted to trample over others and damage the land. Jim was an environmentalist long before the public outrage over fracking.

 

Jim’s feisty attitude helped her survive a long illness. Her family owes special thanks to Suzanne Morris Brooks and Oscar Garza, MD, for their compassionate care of their mother.

 

Jim was predeceased by her father, mother, husband, son, stepfather T.M. Rogstad, and sisters-in-law Mary Lee Kothmann Thomas and Jo-An Furr Booth. She is survived by her two daughters; grandchildren Nina Josephine Bildstein and Thomas Ashley (“Tres”) Kinsel III; her brother Ronnie Booth; brother-in-law Billy Kothmann and his wife Marsha; sisters-in-law Barbara Kothmann Pluenneke and her husband Charles, Sue Carol Kothmann McKnight and her husband John, and Nonie Kothmann Stringer; numerous nephews and nieces.

 

Pallbearers include Robert Watkins, Billy Applewhite, Ruben Pena, Jack Collier, Billy Kothmann, and Lance Fowler. Honorary pallbearers include Rowdy Pate, John White, William Verner “Billy” Booth, and James Campbell.

 

Services will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, June 1, 2013, in the Pearsall First Baptist Church, 204 S Walnut Street Pearsall, Texas 78061. Visitation will be Friday, May 31, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Hurley Funeral Home, 608 E. Trinity

Pearsall, TX 78061.

 

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Jim’s honor to the Frio Regional Hospital., 200 IH 35 South, Pearsall, Texas 78061.

 

Arrangements are under the direction of Hurley Funeral Home, 608 E. Trinity, Pearsall, Texas 78061.

 





 

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