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September 6, 2012

Farewell, Auntie Kathy.

Back in July, many of you began helping us purr and pray for our amazing Auntie Kathy (who had been diagnosed with cancer in April).  Your friendship, love and support was -- and is -- a great source of encouragement and strength, and we are so very grateful for all of you. :)

We wanted you to know that Auntie Kathy lost her battle with cancer this past Sunday night.  She was at home, and her passing was peaceful, with her two beloved daughters, my sister and other loved ones by her side.  We miss her already, but know that she is now at peace and in a much better place.

To know Auntie Kathy was to love her.  And everyone who met her did just that.  She had a smile that lit up every room she entered, and she was a source of peace, kindness, wisdom and hope to all with whom she came in contact.  She was also a huge animal advocate, who along with her daughters (my cousins) Mari and Alysa, fostered many a kitten for their local animal shelter.  Oh, and she was an awesome Scrabble player (everyone -- and I mean everyone -- in our extended family knows well the bitter taste of Scrabble defeat at her hands). ;)

Auntie Kathy was truly exceptional and remarkable.  The world, and all of us in it -- humans and animals alike -- are better because of her.  Here's a wonderful collage of her, through the years, that our Uncle Eugene (her brother) put together:


Godspeed, Auntie Kathy.  We love you always.
         

57 comments:

The Whiskeratti said...

We are so sorry for your loss. Your pictorial spread is a wonderful tribute.

Oui Oui said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Kevin, and the rest of your family. Knowing what is to come doesn't make it any easier for those left behind. Take comfort in your memories and in knowing Auntie Kathy is in heaven, whole and healthy. Her remarkable spirit will live on in you. God bless you and give you peace.

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

I'm very sorry for your loss.

The Island Cats said...

We are so sorry for the loss of your Aunt Kathy. We send you comforting purrs, headbutts and hugs.

Wally, Ernie, Zoey and mom Sue

Sparkle said...

I am so very sorry to hear this. Purrs to you and your family.

Katie and Glogirly said...

Dear Kevin & Tracey,
Oh, we are so very sorry for your loss. Your love and admiration for your Auntie Kathy is so beautiful and so special. We know only too well the heartbreak of losing someone so close.

Our thoughts, prayers and purrs are with you and your family.

The collage is amazing. She has such joy in her expression.

love,
Glogirly & Katie

Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

We so sorry to hear about your Auntie Kathy! Lots of purrrs and prayers for you all!! We loved the photo collage of her!!
(((((((HUGGGGSSSSSS))))))))) from your TX furiends,

Maggie M said...

So sorry to hear about your Auntie Kathy. What a wonderful tribute post and collage. She sounded like a wonderful person. Keeping you all in thoughts and prayers. Hugs

The Furries of Whisppy said...

We are so sorry for your loss of Auntie Kathy. We love that collage of her smiling pictures. She has such a beautiful smile.

Whskr & Dash Kitten said...

My respectful condolences on the loss of someone who I see was both precious and inspirational. She leaves a legacy of wonderful memories and saved lives.

Sandra said...

A very beutiful tribute for a very beautiful woman. I am sorry for you loss:(

Cotton said...

I and mommy is full of sorrys :( We be keeping in our prayers <3
Cotton

Everycat said...

Dear Kevin & Tracey, we are so sorry to read of the passing of your Auntie Kathy, she must have been a wonderful lady and we know there will be many friends to greet her at The Bridge. We are sending you love and rumbly purrs and thinking of you.

Oliver, Gerry, Mungo & The Ape xx

Daisy said...

I am so very sorry for the loss of your Auntie Kathy. I can tell she was a very special lady. I am keeping you in my thoughts and purrs during this sad time.

Brian said...

I am so, so sorry to hear about Auntie Kathy. We all send you many purrs and lots of hugs and love.

Father Tom said...

What a beautiful tribute and so clear through the years what a wonderful smile she had and giving soul she shared.

Love and prayers,
Tom, Mom Julie, Tinker, Mitty & Anastasia xx

Marg said...

Kevin, we are so sorry and sure do send you some big hugs. Sounds like Aunt Katie was such a good person. May she rest in peace. Take care.

Fuzzy Tales said...

We're so sorry Kathy lost her battle to cancer. We're sending you all soft purrs of condolence, wishing you all peace and blessings as you celebrate her life and mourn her passing.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely picture gallery. Condolences to your family. Go hug a cat, it always helps me...

Hannah and Lucy said...

We are so sorry to hear your sad news about Aunt Kathy. We are sending you our love.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Pibble said...

What a beautiful collage and wonderful tribute to your Aunt Kathy. She sounds like a truly sweet and loving person. We hope that the happy memories of your times together will help you deal with the pain you're feeling right now. Special people have a way of staying with us forever; I think your Aunt Kathy will always be close by, watching over you and your furry ones.

Random Felines said...

what a lovely tribute....we know she will be missed but her spirit lives on through those she loved.

Maggie @ Shelter Cats said...

Dear Kevin & Tracey,
I'm very sorry for your loss. Aunt Kathy sounded like an amazing woman. I bet she was very proud of you and your work.

Love,
Maggie

Dorothy said...

I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your Auntie Kathy! It sounds like she was a wonderful person that will surely be missed. Very nice collage of her through the years.

Hugs and prayers,
Dorothy

SuziQCat said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. She sounds like a remarkable lady. She will never be forgotten! Love the picture tribute to this beautiful lady.

Tamago said...

I am so sorry for your loss... What a beautiful tribute for her. I love the collage, it looks so wonderful. With all her smiles, I can imagine her life was filled with happiness.

Purrs and prayers from Goro, Niko, Dad and Mom

FURKIDSMOM said...

What a wonderful tribute. That collage is amazing!

The Florida Furkids

Jan's Funny Farm said...

A lovely tribute for a lovely lady. We're sorry for the loss of your Auntie Kathy. It sounds like she left you with some wonderful memories to help you smile when you think of her. {{{hugs}}} purrs and pawhugs

Hannah and Lucy said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Aunt Kathy and know she will leave a big space in all your hearts. There must be many happy memories for you all to share - each person having a favourite one. You did her proud with your tribute to her here today and she will be smiling down at you.
Love Sue (Hannah and Lucy's Mum)x

Colehaus Cats said...

We are so sorry to hear about Aunt Kathy. A beautiful tribute and collage to help us keep her in our thoughts. Soft purrs, and may peace find you.

Julia Williams said...

So sorry for your loss. That is a really nice collage. What a great thing to have as a way to remember her.

Julie Baugh said...

We are sorry to hear about Aunt Kathy, our thoughts are with you at this time. We like the beautiful collage of her photos.

The Meezers or Billy said...

we are so very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute and what a wonderful collage. Autie Kathy was a very beautiful lady. sending {{HUGS}} from Mom and purrrsss from us

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with your family.
Auntie Kathy sounded like a wonderful lady. I know you loved her very much and will miss her dearly.
Love her pictures!
melody

Repositório said...

I´m so sorry!!!

Oskar said...

We are sorry for your loss. We are praying for you & your family.

Nubbin wiggles & hugs,
Oskar & Pam

Old Kitty said...

What a beautiful angel and such a gorgeous smile! This pictorial history of lovely Auntie Kathy is such a wonderful tribute. I am so so sorry for your loss. Purrs and hugs, take care
x

ABBY said...

What a beautiful collage for your sweet Auntie Kathy. We are all so sorry for you loss and we will keep all of you in our prayers.
purrs
>^,,^<
✿•*¨`*•. ♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥✿•*¨`*•.

Meg & Quill said...

We are so sorry for the loss of such a kind and wonderful friend.

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

((((hugs))))) we are so deeply sorry for your loss. I think that collage is a wonderful idea though, what a beautiful woman. Our hearts are sad xoxoxo

momsbusy said...

what a beautiful collage of your aunt kathy! it shows how awesome her smile was. i can see how her smile would light up the room. all of us at kazoku neko will be purring and praying for comfort for your family as you celebrate the life of your aunt.

Cara n Crew said...

we are so sorry for your loss! we wanted to offer our purrs and prayers and sympathies.

Cara, Wriggley, Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

Team Tabby said...

We are so sad to hear the news about losing your Auntie Kathy. Our condolences to all.

Purrs,
Mindy
Moe
Cookie
Mike

Cat said...

Dear friends, I am so very sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Nikita, Elvira, Daddy Kiril said...

To you, our friend, we send condolences, purrs and purrayers, in your time of loss.

George The Lad said...

So Sorry to hear this news you are in our thoughts
Love and Hugs Jan, George and Tess xxx

Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey said...

What a beautiful tribute for a very special and beloved lady. We offer our prayers and sympathies... xoxox

catsynth said...

We are very sorry to hear about Auntie Kathy. That is a wonderful tribute you made for her. It was nice to know her just a little bit through your words and the collage.

Sending you all our thoughts.

-Amar and Luna

Cindy Adkins said...

We are so sorry for the loss of your Auntie Kathy. She was certainly beautiful - inside and outside. Sending you lots of purrs and hugs from Cindy, Buster, Rudy and Sammy

Beth said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I can tell Aunt Kathy was special, and as days go on may the good memories predominate. Praying for you and the whole family.
Beth

haopee said...

Auntie Kathy lived a full life.I'm sure whether she's temporarily fostering cats in the rainbow bridge or enjoying a house full of pets in heaven, she would rather have you celebrate her life than mourn her passing.

Our sincerest paws and prayers to all of you.

Huggies and Cheese,
Haopee

Rykers Boyz n Allie said...

We mourn with you. We are so terribly sorry for your loss, and know you must miss her so.

What a beautiful collage - and a way to remember her and celebrate her life.

She looks like a person who found much joy in life...our purrs are with you and your family at this time... *hugs*

Katie Isabella said...

It pains me that I wasn't here to tell you how sorry I am that Kathy went to Heaven. I remember when you told us about her and we have had her on our prayer list.

May the everlasting love and peace from our Heavenly Father surround her from that moment on when she went Home.

Alley Cats and Angels of North Carolina said...

I am so sorry for your loss. The pictorial is just beautiful and a wonderful tribute.

HSEC said...

She sounds like a wonderful woman. We're all very sorry for your loss.

Avalons Garden and Mewsings of Garden Cottage Cats said...

We are so Sorry to hear of your loss..... What a Lovely collage of her, it is a Wonderful Tribute~

We wish Aunt Kathy Godspeed ~

And we wish you Peace~

Soft Purrz & Kittie Kissez ~
^..^ x6
*hugs*
Angel~

Francesca Villa said...

:( I'm just reading this now... I'm really sorry for your family's lost. I can't imagine the pain. Please stay strong! You are all in my thoughts!