Kathleen Foutz (1946 – 2016)
Kathleen Foutz came into this world born to Joseph Russell and Helen Foutz in Farmington on June 11, 1946. She left us on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, after a long battle with ALS.
Her parents owned Teec Nos Pos Trading Post, where she grew up until time to attend and graduate from Farmington High School. After high school, she was taught an amazing ability for business by her father, a U.S. licensed Indian trader.
Her first love and lifetime devotion was to her son, Russell Jay Deluzio, of Farmington. Kathy and Jay enjoyed snow skiing, and she instilled in Jay a deep appreciation of reading. Kathy is survived by Jay and her brothers, Bill Foutz and wife Kay of Farmington, Andy Foutz of Phoenix, Ariz., and Jacque Foutz, widow of her late brother, John Foutz; her cousin, Ed Foutz, and wife Jackie, along with many nieces and nephews of the family.
Her lifetime achievements were many. She and her business partner established Mary Murfin’s, a ladies apparel shop, and had many women addicted to their fashion sense. She was featured in Redbook Magazine as a New Mexico beauty as pictured above.
Kathy ran the wholesale division of Foutz Indian Room and featured Navajo rugs, baskets and folk art at shows across the country. At those shows, she took many “Best of Show” awards. This gave so many Diné cottage industries esteemed recognition for their work, which was featured in Robert Redford’s Sundance Catalog and many other museums and galleries across the country.
Kathy’s current business, Foutz Teec Nos Pos Pawn at 307 W. Main St., is managed by Priscilla Saltwater, who has worked with her for 20 years.
Her deepest appreciation was for the Navajo rugs and her knowledge of the weavers, their history and their families. Kathy compiled a wonderful book, “Trees in a Circle, The Teec Nos Pos Story,” featuring her family’s 100-year collection of extraordinary Teec Nos Pos rugs. That collection was gathered by Ed and Jed Foutz and Kathy and was hailed at the opening of the Farmington Museum and traveled to museums throughout the United States and Europe.
Kathy’s respect for the Diné people was deep rooted and nurtured by her throughout her life through her businesses and personal friendships. Her devotion and respect for many weavers throughout the Four Corners is extensive, including supporting and nominating outstanding weaver Lucy Whitehorse (1925-2015) for New Mexico’s outstanding artist and she won that commendation.
Kathy traveled with Roy Kady, a new age weaver and naturalist, around this area, as well as New York, for lectures regarding this indigenous art form.
Her services are pending.
Funeral arrangements are with Farmington Funeral Home, 2111 W. Apache St., 505-325-2211. Those who wish to express condolences may do so at farmingtonfuneral.com.