Katie Elizabeth White


Katie Elizabeth White


Katie Elizabeth White was born May 8, 1997, in Billings, to her loving parents Phil and Julie White. The birth of Katie completed their family of three girls. She would tag along with her sisters Haley and Megan wherever they went. There were countless hours spent playing outside in the pool with the neighbor kids and cousins. Birthday celebrations and holidays were a special time spent together. As they grew up, playtime turned into spending hours together drinking coffee, making meals together and hanging out.

Katie loved spending time hunting and fishing with Phil and his buddies. She would always come home with entertaining things she had learned. Katie’s parents were who she looked up to. She and Julie had an unbreakable bond that got them through difficult times. They were the best of friends.

From day one, Katie had a love of children. When she was 12, she was blessed with her little sister Charlotte. Charlotte idolized Katie. They had a special relationship that included their own inside jokes that no one else got. Her stepmother, Liz, used to say that Charlotte didn’t have one mother, she had four. Liz and Katie had a special relationship. Liz’s favorite times with “Squirt” were spent riding horses and all the long talks they would have while driving to various activities.

Katie was known as the fearless one. She was always up for anything. She was a natural athlete who loved to play sports. She had so much unrecognized potential. Katie also had a love of music. She knew every word to every song and had music playing constantly. Her friends dubbed her “Shady.” She was the ever-present comic relief and the life of the party. She made friends easily and kept a few of them close to her heart. No matter who you were, Katie loved you. She had a knack for making people feel special. No one was ever uncomfortable in her presence. She was known for her small acts of kindness. Her big heart made room for many pets through the years. Whether they were her own or loved ones’, they were a joy and a comfort to her. Katie had a hard work ethic and would always follow through. She was the first one offering to help, including putting everyone else first. Katie loved to laugh. Her beautiful smile, unique personality and loud, contagious laugh are what she will be remembered for.

Katie is survived by her parents Phil (Liz) and Julie; sisters Haley, Megan and Charlotte; and grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins across the country.

Katie’s funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 20, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Shepherd, with burial to follow at Shepherd Cemetery. There will be a celebration of life at the American Legion in Billings following the burial.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations to go to an animal shelter of your choice or The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yellowstone Valley, c/o St Vincent Healthcare Foundation, Attn: Kim Tripp, 1106 N. 30th Billings, MT 59101.

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11 thoughts on “Katie Elizabeth White”

  1. Katie was so loved. We always loved having at my house. She would make you smile and laugh even when you didn’t want too. I am truly blessed that she was my niece and I will miss her dearly.

  2. No Other Love in the World is like the Lova a Father has for his Little Girl.
    Katie I love you.

  3. Phil, Julie, and Liz, we are so sorry you are facing the loss of Katie. Our hearts are broken with yours. There are no words…. know that you are not alone. We are praying for God’s peace and comfort over all of you and the girls.
    Dave & Lynae Gilbert

  4. Dear Charlotte and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Even though I did not know Katie, she sounds like an amazing young lady. Know that your school family has you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Sharon Cline

  5. To Katie’s family – I can’t imagine the deep pain you all are experiencing, and there really seems to be no words that can express it. The love of family is the most amazing thing in life, & the loss of it is horrendous. I pray that the Lord Jesus will be your Rock, for His peace is the one thing that will sustain you Spiritually, & your precious memories will be for the physical. Our hearts go out to you, & we are praying for you. Loren & Tancy Frank

  6. Loren & Tancy Frank

    We are so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine the pain your in right now. We are praying for you. May your strength to get through this come from the Lord Jesus, (who knows what you are going through), & your love for her & your memories sustain you in this difficult time. Thinking about & praying for you. Loren & Tancy Frank

  7. donald Regnier

    Phil,No family should have to endure the hardship you and your family are living through. The best our family can do is let you know you are in our thoughts.The Regnier’s

  8. I know there simply are NO words that I could possibly say or use to help or heal your pain and hurt. We are SO terribly sorry for your loss. Our hearts ache for you, our thoughts and prayers are with you all hoping they will bring you some strength and comfort.

  9. Patricia Tenney

    I watched Katie grow from a spunky little girl into the beautiful vibrant young woman she became, it saddens me that she left us all way to early in life, I pray for her friends and family during this very difficult time! RIP Katie, you will be missed very much!! Glad I got to hug you one last time!

  10. Dixe & Wes Osborne and the Shepherd Pioneers 4H Club

    So very sorry to hear about Katie.
    Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers!
    Your 4H family is sending big hugs for all of you.

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