Katy M. Lupton
Katy Lupton quietly passed away in her sleep at home on August 10, 2018. She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on February 17, 1943, to Lena and Clifton Prestwood. She had two brothers Bud [her big little brother] and Grady [her little big brother].She married Robert Cory in 1962 and over the next ten years had four children: Michelle Cheri, Frances Marion, Lewis Daniel and Paul Marc. In 1973 she married Ray Lupton and they moved to the TW Bar Ranch also known as the Williams Place out on Tongue River. It was at that time she learned gardening, canning, preserving, baking and crocheting. She was an avid reader as well. She worked at the telephone company in Mississippi and in Sheridan. She also worked at the old Sears store downtown. In 1978 they moved the family to Long Beach, MS and started an office cleaning business. In 1982 they moved back to Sheridan and moved into the servants quarter of the Kendrick Mansion as the caretakers for the next two years. She also worked at the YMCA during that time.She got involved with the Civic Theater Guild and was in many community plays. Some of her favorite roles were Pong Ping, a Chinese butler, and Toad in Toad Hall/ Wind in the Willows. During one of her roles she had to make homemade pretzels for one of the props. That started her baking business as the Basket Lady. She baked 2 types of pretzels, shortbread and brownies that she pedaled around town even in snow or rain in her Longaberger basket. During big events she sold iced tea, hot dogs and polish sausages, and at some events she had fried catfish and hush puppies on Grinnell Street. Later she added handmade chocolates and her fruity nutty cakes under Katy’s Sweet Things. The last products she made were sandwiches and homemade soups. She always had a smile for her customers and counted many of them as friends. She was considered Sheridan’s first licensed streetwalker!Wherever she lived she was involved in community activities such as La Leche league, Fascinating Womanhood, bowling leagues and Sheridan’s Women’s Club. During the beginning of Desert Storm she started the Yellow Ribbon Committee and that year was nominated Person of the Year. She loved to go camping with family and friends as well as fishing and playing games. She loved Dragonflies and making jewelry and started her Dragonfly Jewelry with her own designs. She has ten grandchildren: Phillip Smith, Devin Smith, Cass Miller, Calieb Cory, Devon Lupton, Dylan Lupton, Addison Lupton, Lorianna Stewart, Louise Cotton, and Charity Diamond. She also has 9 great grandchildren: Sheanna Marsh, Alicia Stewart. Kassie Stewart, Jackson Cotton, Trey Diamond, Andreus Diamond, Mattix Smith, Wesley Smith, and Ruby Rose Lupton.Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.