Apparently, the Odd Fellows played some role in helping her get on her feet after Thomas died. One of the key members of the Odd Fellows, D.B. Garrison, provided assistance in one way or another for Kate to purchase this home. The total purchase price for this home in February, 1877, was $2700, The house was purchased within three months of Thomas' death.
Three years later, Kate and her daughters Mary Lou and "Maudia" were listed in the 1880 Census. Kate was listed as "keeping house" and the two girls were "at school."
I do know from other records, that Kate must have tried to bring in some income, because the Records of the Montgomery County Circuit Court include several instances where Kate had to sue to recover payment for services rendered.
Eventually, her girls would both marry, and this would become the "family home." Kate would live in this home for 16 years.