Kathleen A. Hays (1944 - 2017)

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Kathleen Anne Hays, 73, passed away on Sept. 23, 2017, at the Washington Odd
Fellows Home in Walla Walla, Wash.
Kathleen was born in La Crosse, Wis., on Jan. 17, 1944, to Orville and Gladys (Pratt) Hays. She grew up in the La Crosse area, graduating from La Crosse High School in 1962. Kathleen attended McAllister University in St. Paul, Minn., for her freshman year, she then attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science; she became a Registered Dietician. After managing the Central Kitchen of the Matanuska-Susitna School District in Wasilla, Alaska, for 10 years, Kathleen served as the Child Nutrition Program Manager, for the State of Alaska in Juneau until her retirement in 1997. She later served as a nutrition consultant to the Juneau Borough School District.
Kathleen traveled extensively in the United States and also visited Serbia and China. She attended the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Juneau and volunteered in the flower gardens for many years. She made pilgrimages in Medjugorje, Bosnia, she also started a women's support group, Life Ring, in Juneau. Kathleen was an avid hiker and thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors and trails of southern Alaska. She had talents in photography, sewing and knitting.
Kathleen is preceded by her parents, Orville and Anne Hays; and brothers, Richard and Stan Hays. She is survived by her children, Brian Schnick and Dana Haff; and grandchildren, Madeline and Lauren Haff.
A memorial service was held on Sept. 25, 2017, at Mountain View - Colonial DeWitt Funeral Home in Walla Walla, with Pastor Juli Reinholz officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the YWCA or other women's support organization. Friends and family may share memories and sign our online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 1, 2017