Allison died on Wednesday, August 7, after suffering from an “extended illness” as People reported. Kathryn was incredibly close with her mother, who’s a descendant of United States’ seventh Vice President, John C. Calhoun, who served under Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams, and had moved in with her daughter during a previous battle with cancer. Back in April, Kathryn said, “She was sick for a year and a half and I was taking care of her. She’s since been living with me, essentially. It’s great to have her around, especially because she’s so good with the kids. She’s amazing. She’s the best mom I could ever hope for with everything.”
“My mom’s my best friend,” Kathryn continued, who has two children, daughter Kensington, 5, and son, St. Julien, 3, with ex-husband Thomas Ravenel. “She stuck by me through so much. I don’t know what I would do without her.” Allison was retired after working at Santee Cooper water service, and in addition to Kathryn, Allison is survived by her husband, Luke Dennis, and her son, Luke Dennis. Jr., who married Natalie Verenes in Columbia, South Carolina last year.
The Bravo reality TV star also shares a close relationship with her father, Luke Dennis. On Father’s Day, she posted a tribute to him with the caption reading, “There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself. Happy Father’s Day to my Father. And all of the Fathers.”
“Their family requests privacy while they mourn with the sad loss,” a source close to Dennis said. “They’re very private people and they want their time to cope.” While Kathryn is a public figure from her role on the popular Bravo reality TV series, she rarely shares photos of her immediate family members. Kathryn loves to post photos with her two children, but her mother remained an extremely private figure away from the cameras.
The Dial-Murphy Funeral Home in Berkley County, South Carolina has put up Allison’s obituary, however, official funeral arrangements are still in the process of being scheduled.
While Kathryn is still in the midst of a nasty custody battle with her ex-husband, last year, she launched a kids furniture line named after her own children, Kensie + Saint, and she’s currently dating country music star, Hunter Price. The 28-year-old has also officially moved out of the five-story townhouse that she was renting in Charleston’s historic South of Broad neighborhood, the 2-800 square foot home for which she was paying $6,600 a month to reside in following her divorce.