Katie Dickey Marbut

katie marbut

May 19, 1937 ~ August 6, 2020

Born in: Atlanta, GA
Resided in: Atlanta, GA

We celebrate the life of Katie Dickey Marbut. Katie began her life in Atlanta, Georgia. She was a loving Mother, Grandmother, And Great Grandmother. Katie left her creative mark and love of the natural world on everything she touched. She loved traveling and reading and was passionate about gardening and caring for her backyard birds. We were blessed after her cancer diagnosis to have four and a half cherished years with her.

Katie was the daughter of the late William Cox Dickey and Elizabeth Arnold Dickey. She graduated from Christ the King in Atlanta, Ga., married the father of her children, the late John Wesley Marbut Jr., and moved to Macon, Ga. for the next four decades. Katie returned to Atlanta in 1989 and created a most welcoming loving home and “hub “ for her two daughters, six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

She is survived by her two daughters, Barbara Marbut McKay and Katherine Kenson Thompson. She is also survived by six grandchildren, John and his wife Lizzie McKay; Lydia and her husband Andrew Harrell; Anne Dixon McKay; Katie and her husband Josh Duff; Porter and his wife Rien McKay and Dorthy McKay. She is also survived by ten great children, Eli, Wesley, Sawyer, Ada, Arthur, Ellie, Betty, Katherine, Rose and Margaret.

Much love and special thanks to Corlene White, Katie’s caretaker and Godsend who provided much comfort to her, the family and all of the pets Katie loved so very much. And, ever so grateful for Cynthia Boyd, Jesus Mendoza and Donna Hensley for their years of genuine love, support and care.

The family will be having a private memorial service in Katie’s garden.

Lastly, a poem by Emily Dickenson,
” Mama Never Forgets Her Birds”
Mama never forgets her birds,
Though in another tree-
She looks down just as often
And just as tenderly
As when her little mortal nest
With cunning care she wove-
If either of her sparrows fall,
She notices, above.

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  1. Corlene White says:

    Words can’t explain how a Loving, Compassionate Empathic & Genuine person Ms. Katie Marbut was to everyone that crossed her path. She was like a fireworks at times 🥰 that didn’t take away from her rare, and beautiful soul that you could never have a dull moment with!! Her love for her family, Birds,Dogs & friends was beyond this world!! She will truly be missed.. It was such an honor & pleasure working with Ms Marbut. Rest in peace Ms Gorgeous Katherine Marbut (Katie) Corlene loves and misses you so much..

  2. Cha Cha Thompson says:

    I loved KK. She was always sweet to me. I haven’t seen her in years but I have some great memories of travel with her and the hospitality she always extended to me in her home.

  3. Eric and Deborah Coupey says:

    Katie had a wonderful heart, a good sense of humor a great voice. We will miss her dearly.

    …” The long blue days, for his head, for his side, and the little paths for his feet, and all the brightness to touch and gather. Through the grass the little mosspaths, bony with old roots, and the trees sticking up, and the flowers sticking up, and the fruit hanging down, and the white exhausted butterflies, and the birds never the same darting all day long into hiding. And all the sounds, meaning nothing. Then at night rest in the quiet house, there are no roads, no streets any more, you lie down by a window opening on refuge, the little sounds come that demand nothing, ordain nothing, explain nothing, propound nothing, and the short necessary night is soon ended, and the sky blue again all over the secret places where nobody ever comes, the secret places never the same, but always simple and indifferent, always mere places, sites of a stirring beyond coming and going, of a being so light and free that it is as the being of nothing.” S. Beckett

  4. Laura Price says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. We loved Aunt Katy. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

    Mark and Laura Marbut Price and Family

  5. Donna Greenway says:

    Barbara and Kenson, I was so sad to hear of Katie’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you, sweet girls. Love you still. Donna

  6. Carol Dickey says:

    Sending condolences from Carol Dickey. My husband Christopher and i both thought the world of her.I would like a mailing address for the family if possible as I would Like to send a more personal note. Carol Dickey

    • kenson says:

      Carol ! Momma was heartbroken about the loss of Christopher. She truly loved you both , had not only everyone of his books but files and files of articles and tapes from his fresh air sessions and much more .my email is kenson777@yahoo.com pls send a simply hello and return with mommas address . Much love to you!

  7. Janessa says:

    Our families deepest condolences for all of Katie’s loved ones. Lifting them up in our prayers for comfort and peace.

  8. Loretta says:

    My sincere condolence to Barbara and kenston and to all the grand children. Katie is free from all pains and cancer and medications and at peace with the Lord. Rest in the bossom of the Lord.
    Thanks Barbara for letting me know. Do take care with your sister and stay strong. Blessings.

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