Kathy Susan Monson Kaiser was born on February 24, 1952 to Ruth and Ian Monson in Bellingham, WA and passed away on June 21, 2013. She attended Franklin, Whatcom, Sehome, and Western Washington University schools in Bellingham and graduated from Smith College in Massachusetts with a B.A. in psychology. Kathy enjoyed extensive travel, time with friends, and watching sports. She was a talented crafter, knitter and chef. She was like a mother to many, always ready with her unique wisdom, warm hugs, and great advice. Kathy passed due to complications from recurrent breast cancer which she fought with great courage, humor, and amazing grace from 2006-2013. She is survived by her dear husband, Fred Kaiser, charismatic daughter, Elizabeth, son and recently graduated physician, Max, and his wife Paulina. Also, she is survived by her uncle and aunt, Don and Margaret Lind, aunt, Pat Haveman, brother Steve Monson, numerous fantastic cousins, nieces, nephews, Kaiser family members, and the world's best friends who closely cared for her in her waning months. She gives thanks for the wonderful attention she received from her physicians, nurses, caregivers and Hospice. A private celebration for family and friends will take place at a later date. A NOTE FROM KATHY: As I lay in my bed contemplating the next stage in my journey, my mind is full of beautiful memories created by my loving family and friends. My life has been enriched by the experiences I have shared with all of you - mostly good, and, sometimes, a little less so. Either way, they have woven the tapestry of the most wonderful life I can imagine. I want all of you to know how important you have been to me and how much I truly love you. As I say goodbye I want you to also know that I will be watching over you, and will be there when you need me. Please enjoy your lives to the fullest and be there for each other. I know that you will take good care of the love of my life, Fred, who will need each of you. I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful and loving partner. Please try to remember the good times we have experienced together, as there is no use wasting time being sad. I wish all of you to be truly loved as I have been. With all my love, and on my way to another adventure... -Kathy You may share memories of Kathy with the family at www.westfordfuneralhome.com.
Published in Bellingham Herald from June 25 to June 29, 2013