About Katey’s Kids
Kathleen “Katey” Ball Sebastian was the second of five children born to Harry and Ruth Ball. Katey’s family lived just two doors down from a boy who was smitten with her from a very early age. Katey was full of spunk, spirit, and the “dickens” as her family would fondly say, and a young Bill Sebastian took notice of it. The neighbor boy who couldn’t imagine life without Katey got his wish- Bill Sebastian and Katey Ball were married in 1939.
Katey’s quiet spirit, strong work ethic, and the love of the company and community is embodied today in Katey’s Kids.
Bill and Katey Sebastian owned and operated Kerman Telephone Co. for more than 60 years. The company is still owned today by the Sebastian family, and is currently being run by second and third generation family members. In the early years of owning the business, Katey was a school teacher in Biola and often worked the telephone company’s switchboard on the operator’s night off. Bill and Katey’s oldest daughter Ruth was just six years old when they purchased the company, and the family of three actually lived in the back of the telephone company building for several years until they could afford to buy a house.
When Katey’s two daughters, Ruth and Susan, were older, Katey began teaching English as a Second language (ESL) at Kerman Floyd Elementary School. She later served as a mentor for girls at the same school, and was also a board member for Kerman Unified School District. In addition to teaching and co-owning Kerman Telephone Co., Katey had many hobbies and interests. She served on many committees and was active in various clubs in the Kerman community.
Katey’s quiet spirit, strong work ethic, and the love of the company and community is embodied today in Katey’s Kids. Her spirit and values still live on at the telephone company which changed their name in 2008 to Sebastian.
Katey’s Kids is a donor-advised fund within the Central Valley Community Foundation.