John and Sharon Ford of Garden City announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Ford, to Nate Thomas. He is the son of Jeff and Donna Thomas of Earlville, Iowa.

The bride-to-be graduated from the University of West Alabama with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. She is a student at Mississippi State University in pursuit of a master's degree in statistics and works as a graduate assistant for the Mississippi State University Athletic Department.

Her fiance graduated from Indiana University in Fort Wayne with a bachelor's degree in economics. He is a student at Mississippi State University in pursuit of a master's degree in kinesiology with concentration in sport administration and works as a graduate assistant for the Mississippi State University Athletic Department.

They plan to marry June 16, 2012, in Earlville.