Kathy Jennings, 69, was called to her heavenly home May 16, 2013 at her home in Belgrade.
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Kathy was born in 1943 to Annalice and Robert Haugen. She and her two brothers Jimmy and Robert "Murphy" were raised in Redondo Beach, Calif. and she graduated from Mira Costa High School in 1961. She moved to the high desert of California to raise four children and met the love of her life, Al Jennings (Papa), in 1976. In 1980, they married (in Princess Leia and Wolfman masks) in Las Vegas on Halloween and four children became seven.
For over 20 years, Kathy worked for local school districts before moving to Montana in winter 1991. Coming from sunny Southern California, Montana was a drastic change but one she loved instantly. For the next 18 years, she worked in the Plant and Soil, Entomology, and Molecular Biology departments at University of Montana, Bozeman until her much deserved retirement in 2009.
Kathy was an avid reader and instilled that in her children. She loved to garden and was an amazing seamstress and knitter who created everything from much anticipated Halloween costumes to t-shirt quilts. She loved dogs, especially scruffy rescues and could be counted on to resend every funny dog picture available on the Internet.
Above all else, though, she loved her family. Though she had battled through numerous "only could happen to mom" health issues and sometimes didn't feel so hot, she always had time for marathon phone sessions and great advice. Her unflagging love and support made everybody who got to be a part of her life better for it. There are no words to express how she will be missed. We love you.
Kathy is survived by her husband, Al; children, Matt (Tammy) and Jeff (Rose) Jennings, Conni (Tim) Andrews, Marc (Sandy) and Ric (Linda) Crandell, Francine Suiter and Suzi (Scott) Huchting. Grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer, Jolene, Shawna, Tyler, Brett, Hayley, Hannah, Ami and Derrik and great grandchildren, Willow, Keira, Jocelyn and Alora. She is also survived by her brothers Jimmy (Margaret) Dunn and Murphy (Patti) Haugen and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
The viewing will be Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at Dahl Funeral Home in Bozeman.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Kathy can be made to Heart of the Valley
Animal Shelter, PO Box 11390 Bozeman, MT 59719 or online at www.heartofthevalleyshelter.org.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 19, 2013