Benscoter, Katherine E
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Nov. 21, 1959 - July 4, 2012
Once diagnosed with breast cancer just over two years ago, Katherine Miley
"Scooter" Benscoter never gave up. She never complained, maintaining a brave and cheerful outlook of an optimistic future- even through countless chemotherapy treatments, surgeries, hospitalizations and pain. She continued to spend time with her two daughters and three grandchildren who meant theworld to her.
She got her angel wings on July 4, 2012.
Kathy, known to her friends as Scooter, was born November 21, 1959 in Orlando and grew up in Ocala and Sarasota, where she attended Sarasota High School. She later furthered her education at Manatee Community College where she majored in nursing. Filled with compassion and interest in others, Kathy made friends easily and maintained contact with many. She was an active volunteer, most notably for the
, driving cancer patients to their doctors' appointments. She worked as a nurse for many years, caring for so many throughout Sarasota. More recently, Kathy worked as a medical transcriptionist, which enabled her to spend more time with her family and close friends.
Before her illness, Kathy loved going on regular "adventures" with friends. She loved being outdoors, horseback riding and gardening. She enjoyed a coldbottle of Coca-Cola Classic and Snickerdoodle cookies.
Kathy was a wonderful writer, helping both of her daughters with homework assignments, papers and college applications and essays. She uplifted others during her illness while sharing her experiences through her blog- Just Call Me Chemo Brain- which had over 1,000 views.
She continually strived to brighten the moods of others with her funny jokes, sarcastic manner and infectious laugh. She regularly dressed up- in a Michael Jackson hat and glove, clown nose and goofy shirts- in order to cheer up fellow patients and the doctors and staff at Florida Cancer Specialists.
Kathy is survived by her daughters Jennifer (Jeff) Dean and Crissa (Chris) Harman and grandchildren Asher and Hudson Dean and Laurel Harman. Her mother, Joan Weber of Longwood, FL, also survives her, as do her siblings, Barbie and Noel, and many other family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations made to the
would be an appropriate and appreciated way to remember her.
Kathy's life will be celebrated at her home today, Sunday, July 9th, from 2-4
Published in Herald Tribune from July 8 to July 9, 2012