Kathleen Coatney (1937 - 2017)

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Anchorage, Alaska resident Kathleen "Kay" Karstens Coatney passed away at home Nov. 14, 2017.
Kay was born on March 17, 1937, to H. Charles and Charlotte Karstens in Reno, Nev. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1959, where she received her Bachelors of Education in Physical Education. While there she met Richard "Dick" Coatney. Kay worked at Lovelock High as a P.E. teacher after graduating.
Dick and Kay were married in 1960 and moved to Alaska the following year by driving the Alaskan Highway. Their first home was in Willow; they made their home in Anchorage in 1962. Kay was a homemaker and raised four children. Her generous spirit led her to volunteer her time at her children's schools and for many organizations including the Susitna Girl Scout Council, Delta Delta Delta, the Bishop's Attic, and F.I.S.H. For many years she enjoyed bowling on the Women's International Bowling Congress (WIBC) "Wide Awake Wednesday" league. Kay was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church; she had also been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Most notably, Kay was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organization which promotes educational opportunities for women. She was initiated into the sisterhood in 1960 and over the next 57 years she served her chapter in Anchorage as Guard, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President.
Kay took pleasure in spending her time with family and friends, and could always be found knitting, sorting buttons, solving puzzles, or enjoying a classic musical.
Kay is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Laurie Coatney of Wasilla, Alaska; daughter, Stephanie Price of Aiken, S.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Kristin and Steven Parsons of Anchorage, Alaska; daughter and daughter-in-law, Paige and ShawnaMarie Livingston-Coatney of San Diego, Calif.; brother, Charles F. Karstens of Reno, Nev.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Donald and Ruth Coatney of Grand Junction, Colo.; grandchildren, Emily and Joshua Price of Aiken, S.C.; Carmen and Richard Parsons, of Anchorage; and Sheve Corning, of Fairbanks, Alaska; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Coatney.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 2222 Tudor Road, Anchorage, with a reception to follow in Waldron Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the P.E O. Program for Continuing Education, in care of The P.E.O. Executive Office, 3700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-2899.


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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Nov. 21, 2017