Kathy Simpson, 64, passed away peacefully in the early hours of May 31, 2014. She was born in Washington D.C. on August 22, 1949. She lived in Arlington, Virginia until she was three years old, later moving to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, where her father passed away when she was six. Kathy lived in Midwest City, OK, until she was 11, when she moved with her mother to Bellevue, Wash, where she lived for four years. Kathy eventually moved to Mercer Island, Wash where she graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1967. She enrolled at the University of Washington and graduated from the School of Nursing in 1971. She moved into her first apartment on Queen Ann Hill and started working for Virginia Mason Hospital as a Registered Nurse. After a few years, she met her husband, Mark Simpson, 68, at the Knights of Columbus on Capital Hill. They dated for three months and became engaged. Kathy was married to Mark in Seattle, Wash, at Christ the King Church, she was 24 years old. They saved for two years, and built a home in Snohomish, Wash, where raised three children, Matthew (36), Luke (35), and Alicia (33). Kathy began working again, eventually starting work at Providence Hospital in Everett, where she worked for 24 years. Kathy's greatest loves were her children, grand children, traveling, cooking, sewing, gardening, pets, games, puzzles, camping, coffee, and painting. She will be remembered for her infectious smile, caregiving, selflessness, strong will, and love of God and all of His creations. Kathy is survived by her husband, three children, six grand children, her brother, Bill Taube; and sisters, Mary Leeper and Nancy Kerr. The Family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Providence/Everett Clinic, especially Dr. Coughenour and his staff for all of your loving care. Memorials may be made in Kathy's name to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. A Celebration of Kathy's life will take place at the Everett Yacht Club on June 29, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on June 8, 2014