Tabitha Haigwood Kavalew

IMG_2147 - croppedTabitha Haigwood Kavalew passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at her home in League City, Texas, at the age of 46. She was born on August 2, 1969 in Winston Salem, North Carolina, to Michael and Linda Haigwood. She was married to the love of her life, Ken Kavalew, in 1996, and they were blessed with two beautiful children Brennan and Gianna (Gia). She graduated from Pine View High School in Longview, Texas, in 1987 and from Texas A&M University in 1993 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Tabitha touched many lives around the world. She glowed with a kind, gentle inner spirit that drew people in. Her mother and father moved from North Carolina to Longview, Texas in 1983. She was in a tight-knit dance group at Kilgore College – the Kilgore Rangerettes – before attending Texas A&M. She was dearly loved by all of her Kilgore and Texas Aggie friends. Tabitha worked for NASA at the Johnson Space Center near Clear Lake, where she trained Space Shuttle astronauts how to operate the on-board computer system. When she married Ken, she moved from Texas to one of her favorite towns Seattle, Washington, where she gave birth to Brennan. They later moved to Mobile, Alabama, where they made more dear friends and Tabitha gave birth to Gia. Later in West Virginia, she continued with Ken to raise her amazing children surrounded by yet another supportive friend network. Those in the Clear Lake area were thrilled when she and her family moved back to Texas in 2009. She kept her children’s activities in the forefront while she worked in pharmaceutical and retail industries. She was an avid tennis player and loved to get out on the courts. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was an inspiration and strong friend to so many, both in the U.S. and in Germany.

She was preceded in death by her father, Michael Haigwood. She is survived by her husband Ken, daughter Gianna, son Brennan, mother Linda and step-father Terry, step-sister Ashley and step-brothers Brian and Patrick, as well as many other loving family and friends. The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 5:00pm to 8:00pm with a Vigil Service at 6 o’clock at Crowder Funeral Home, 1645 East Main, League City, Texas 77573. A Funeral Mass will follow on Monday at 10:00am at Saint Mary Catholic Church, 1612 East Walker, League City, Texas 77573. Interment will take place at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.

The family would like to thank her close friends Dina Contella, Ven & Dorothea Feng, and Maria Tullar for all of their assistance and loving support with preparations for her funeral.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Tabitha Kavalew Memorial Fund for her childrens’ college fund via Paypal (enter the email address: Friends and family in Houston may also donate to the “Kavalew Donation Account” by going to any Chase Bank.


  1. So sorry to hear of your loss. Praying that God will give you and your family comfort at this difficult time.

    Donna Brown
  2. You are my dearest childhood friend and I miss you every day. I will never forget how hard you fought and with such beauty and grace. Your family will always be in my thoughts and prayers. May you find peace and comfort now.

    Stacey Jennings
  3. We were deeply saddened to hear of Tabitha’s passing. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Hap & Sue Hancock
  4. Linda, I am so saddened by your news today as Tabitha held a special place in my heart and will be so missed. I cannot imagine the grief you and her family must feel at this time, but please know my prayers are with you all. I so appreciated you calling to let me know. I have a full schedule Monday and my backup nurse is out of town to take her son to college. I will try to get coverage for my job at the church to operate sound for Sunday night and come to the service. Please come and visit if you can. Misty

    Misty May
  5. Dear Ken, Brennan and Gia,

    We are thinking of you all at this sad time! We enjoyed our interactions with Tabitha over the years at the boys’ activities and she will be missed! Tabitha was a fighter and I’m sure she is still with you all in spirit. Brennan and Ryan will continue to be good friends, I’m sure, and hopefully this will bring some comfort to him. Please let us know if you need anything over the course of the school year. We will be happy to help if we can.
    Amy, Chris, Ryan and Bea

    The Wells Family
  6. Linda, I am sorry to hear the passing of Tabitha. May God wrap His loving arms around during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Gail Hutchens Nelson W-S ,NC
  7. Linda, I am so sorry and I just don’t know how to put it into words about the loss of your precious little girl. The last time I saw her was years ago when she had broken her leg and Mike was carrying her in the hospital @ FMC. My heart goes out to you and your family. I just pray that God will give you peace and I know that He will. You will always see her in your grandchildren’s eyes. My thoughts and prayers are with you old friend. With deepest sympathy.

    Donna Moore Brittain
  8. My heart goes out to you, your children and family. The loss of a spouse, best friend, mother and daughter is a sad sad day. Keep her close to your heart, and share the incredible memories often with your children and others.

    Samantha Sampson
  9. I knew Tabitha through Ken and instantly liked her the first time I saw how Ken looked at her. Her obituary is so accurate. Her “kind, gentle inner spirit” was so prominent in her presence and, even as she battled, gave her such grace. Like everyone else touched by her, Lynne and I are lucky to have known her. May the pain of your loss soon fade and leave you with joyful memories of your time with her.

    Chris Laibe

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