Grace ("Kit") Amstead was born in Los Angeles, California on October 13, 1924, the youngest of three children of Clarence E. and Barbara K. Brumfield. Her nickname then was "Cookie." In 1944 she graduated from the UCLA with a major in business. Kit loved sports and was a very good tennis player. She also had an active social life consistent with her gregarious and gracious personality. While at UCLA, Kit met and fell in love with a pre-med student, Andrew L. Tucker. They married in 1945, got the nickname "Kit," and raised three children (Thomas,...
Grace ("Kit") Amstead was born in Los Angeles, California on October 13, 1924, the youngest of three children of Clarence E. and Barbara K. Brumfield. Her nickname then was "Cookie." In 1944 she graduated from the UCLA with a major in business. Kit loved sports and was a very good tennis player. She also had an active social life consistent with her gregarious and gracious personality. While at UCLA, Kit met and fell in love with a pre-med student, Andrew L. Tucker. They married in 1945, got the nickname "Kit," and raised three children (Thomas, Timothy, and Kathleen). Early in their marriage Dr. Tucker joined the United States Air Force. They lived in California, Houston, and England.
Kit was a whirlwind of activity: raising the children, active in their local church and Southern Baptist Associations, and even earning a graduate degree from the UC Davis. After moving to Riverside where Dr. Tucker established his medical practice, Kit served as the State Girl's Auxiliary Director for the California Southern Baptist Convention, and President of the Riverside County Medical Auxiliary. They taught college students at their church for years. Their Riverside backyard and pool was the scene of many memorable parties and get-togethers for church and medical friends, all under the skilled organization of Kit. They enjoyed travelling the world, often for Andrew's medical meetings.
The unexpected passing of their son Timothy at age 20 was extremely difficult for them. In 1984 Kit was widowed after Andrew lost his battle with cancer. Through these trials, Kit showed care, compassion, and dependence on God that was typical of the way she walked in faith. She poured herself into other service - working as the hostess to the President of California Baptist University - and grandmothering her seven grandchildren.
In 2002 she moved to The Summit in Austin to be closer to her children. Little did she know what God had planned for her in Austin! That plan was Dr. Billy Amstead. Kit and Bill hit it off quickly, and on Thanksgiving weekend 2003 they were married. Love and marriage at age 79 was a wonderful gift of God! They shared much together - companionship, conversation, travels throughout the United States and Europe - all the while showing a deep love for each other and a partnership in compassion and assistance to their many friends at The Summit. These last years have been happy ones, a gift from God to Kit and Bill - and their grateful families.
Kit is survived by her husband Dr. Billy Amstead; son Thomas (and wife Diana) of Houston, daughter Kathleen (and husband Larry) of Austin, stepson William Amstead (and wife Barbara), and stepdaughter Barbara Pennington (and husband Mickey). Kit loved her seven grandchildren (Lesley, Lauren, Timothy, Peter, Alissa, Andrew, and Austin) and four great-grandchildren (Michael, Jonathan, Drake, and Luke). In recent years Kit and the family were blessed with the love and sacrifice of the staff and many friends at The Summit, and especially the incredible care given by Lorena Jara-Ranno, Adriana Jara, Roxanne Jara-Arevalo, and Mary Lou Rocha.
Kit was devoted to her family and serving the Lord Jesus Christ through her generosity to many ministries. The light of Christ shone through her to the praise of the Father in Heaven (Matthew 5:26). Her favorite Bible verse for life was Proverbs 3: 5, 6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths."
A visitation will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm on Friday, March 27, 2015 at Cook Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N Lamar, Austin, TX. A graveside will be held at 9:30 am on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Austin Memorial Park, 2800 Hancock Dr, Austin, TX. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 pm on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Brookdale Westlake Hills, 1034 Liberty Park Dr, Austin, TX. Valet service will be available at the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, please mail contributions to Summit Christian Fellowship, Attn to: Dr. Bill Amstead, 1034 Liberty Park Drive, #101, Austin, Texas 78746.