Katherine "Kay" Stevens (1920 - 2018)

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Longtime Anchorage, Alaska, resident Katherine "Kay" Stevens, 97, peacefully passed away on Jan. 27, 2018, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage.
Katherine was born on July 24, 1920, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Dr. Fred and Katherine Krantz. She earned a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. She married Francis Michael Stevens in 1943, in Merced, Calif., who at the time was an U.S. Air Force C-46 pilot in World War II. From 1948-1959 they lived in Minnesota, where they raised their four sons. In 1960, along with her husband and four teenage sons, Kay arrived in Anchorage.
Katherine was a civil service employee of the U.S. Army at Fort Richardson, Alaska. She was a computer programmer/ systems analysis and later a supervisory program manager engaged in cost analysis until retiring in 1982.
In the 58 years Katherine has been in Alaska she has touched many lives. For 12 years, Kay served as a volunteer cashier for the Bishop's Attic. She also utilized her talents to serve as President of the Board of the Bishop Attic. For years Kay volunteered through the Providence Hospital Circle of Care. Weekly she visited a lady with MS, cleaning her house, fixing her meals and doing her grocery shopping. Kay also provided meals for Clare House. In service to her church, she served on the committee to organize and provide food for the receptions for funerals. After her husband passed away in 1991, Kay moved into the Chester Park complex. She once again used her educational background to serve as Board President for two years and served on the finance committee for eight years. In recognition for her unending volunteer service, in 2003 Katherine Stevens received the First Lady Volunteer Award for the State of Alaska.
Katherine was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. She enjoyed meeting weekly with her prayer group and attending daily mass. She was never one to stay still for very long. If you couldn't find her, she was probably attending lectures at Alaska Pacific University, hiking, traveling or tending the flower beds at Chester Park. Kay loved her grandchildren. Often she was on the floor reading or playing cards and games with them.
Katherine was preceded in death by Francis Stevens, her husband. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Colleen Stevens of Anchorage, Fred Stevens of Henderson, Nev., William and Ann Stevens of Tacoma, Wash., and Donald Stevens and Inna Ashcraft of Anchorage. She had four grandchildren, Michael and Sarai Stevens of Bow, Wash., Margaret and Michael Swanicke of Salt lake City, Utah, Tom Stevens of Tacoma, Wash., and Mary and Mike Henry of Anchorage; and five great-grandchildren, McNamara Stevens, Samson Stevens, Waylon Stevens, Michael Henry and Margaret Henry.
The funeral will be held at St. Patrick's Parish, 2111 Muldoon Road, on Feb. 8, 2018, with a 10 a.m. visitation, 10:30 a.m. rosary and 11 a.m. funeral mass. A luncheon reception will follow in the parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations be made to St. Patrick's Columbarium.
In her own quiet way, Katherine gave unsparingly of her time and considerable talents. She provided kindness to many of her fellow Alaskans and paved the way for kindness yet to come.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Feb. 4, 2018
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