Last week, Mary Kathryn "Kitty" Doolin, wife of C.E. “Elmer” Doolin, one of the co-founders of Frito-Lay, passed away in her home in Dallas at age 89.
C.E. Doolin, who founded the Frito Company in 1932, married Kitty in 1941. For their honeymoon they traveled to Los Angeles, where the Frito Company was opening its first West Coast manufacturing plant.
It was Kitty's first trip outside of Texas, and she immediately jumped into the family business. She helped her husband figure out store-door delivery routes by stringing yarn along a map of pins stuck in the carpet of their temporary home in Los Angeles.
Throughout her life, she remained dedicated to helping the company grow. From their home in Texas, she developed recipes for Fritos. And for many years she served on the Frito-Lay Board of Directors, helping to shape the company’s future.
She was a devoted mother and grandmother and an active church supporter, quiet philanthropist and avid gardener. In the mid-1980s, Kitty shared her passion for gardening with Frito-Lay employees by donating money to help build a garden at Frito-Lay headquarters in Plano, Texas -– a garden we still enjoy today.
Kitty’s life was filled with personal and community accomplishments, and she will be missed. You can read more about her life in last week’s Dallas Morning News.