Kathleen Louise (Bruce) Lamm
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April 18, 1951 - October 28, 2012
Kathleen Louise (Bruce) Lamm passed away October 28, 2012 with her family by her side.
Kathi was born April 18, 1951 to Gerald Bruce and Joan Galland Bruce in Ashland, Oregon. The family moved to Caldwell in 1955 where Dr. Bruce established his dentistry practice.
Dr. Bruce was killed in an auto accident in 1962. As the oldest Kathi had enjoyed being dad's sidekick and felt his loss in many ways. Kathi stepped up to help Joan manage home and family, which now included Christine, Peggy and Greg. Kathi inherited her father's artistic interest and enjoyed pencil sketching and watercolor.
Some of her fondest memories were of family trips to spend time with the Bruce and Galland families and extended camping trips with her mom and siblings. Through conversations with all her grandparents she found her Scottish roots with an added bonus some of Indian blood. Kathi was proud of both lineages.
During high school, Kathi worked as a Vet. Assistant to Dr. Jerry Conger and learned skills that would be of use in the classroom and in doctoring family pets in the future. Kathi next worked at Caldwell Floral and found a life-long creative outlet in floral design and arrangement which graced her home through the years.
Kathi attended Caldwell schools K through 12, graduating in 1969.
Kathi entered the University of Idaho and pledged Alpha Chi Omega sorority in 1969, and attended through her sophomore year. She became known for playing piano for various functions from her "blue notebook". Kathi was in the marching band's drill team, and thoroughly enjoyed her time at the U of I.
Kathi and Bob Lamm were married July 24, 1971. Son Greg was born in 1980, and has provided family fun, excitement and love through the years.
She found a new job as a Teacher's Aide in a "learning disability" classroom at Van Buren Elementary in Caldwell, where she began to gain insight into the basics of teaching to the unique needs of each student. Kathi entered BSU and completed her degree in education in eighteen months. She taught elementary grades in Parma and Caldwell then transferred to Wilson Middle School and found her education niche. She embraced the math and science curriculum and loved the students. The middle school children hugged teddy bears one day and became small grownups the next.
Through her friends she became involved in Caldwell Education Association negotiations and ultimately served as CEA Vice President 1992-94, then as President 1994-95. She served as representative to several National Education Association annual conventions and found a new role from 1997 to 2003 in the NEA Women's Leadership Training Program, a six year term presenting interactive programs from Florida to Alaska and Washington D.C.
Mom Joan, Peggy, Kathi and Lynn established a "girls-only" retreat each summer for several years. They met across the northwest and shared adventure, life stories, shopping, wine and chocolate. Kathi and Lynn became very close over the years. Visits for niece and nephew special occasions became tradition for Kathi.
Just as life quieted down a bit, Kathi was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009. Surgery and aggressive treatment followed and Kathi returned to her classroom in the fall and finished the school year. New occurrences caused her to accept medical retirement January of 2010.
Not to waste time, Kathi planned trips to various locations of interest: Christmas in Manhattan while visiting Greg & Molly; a tour of Costa Rica; jet boating on the Salmon River; Yellowstone in winter; family & friends around the northwest and several trips to her favorite, the Oregon coast; a trip to New Orleans and the Atchafalya swamp, and a three island trip to Hawaii capped off by swimming with the dolphins!
Re-occurring themes thread throughout Kathi's life: her love of family and Christmas; middle school education; travel and friends; art and music; and time spent at the ocean. Kathi arranged the flowers for her own wedding; many other events along the way, and importantly in the last few years, she has arranged wedding flowers for Greg and Molly's, then Stephanie and Joe's weddings; Bob's retirement party; Lynn's 50th and Joan's 80th birthday parties.
Kathi is survived by her husband Bob, son Greg, and Molly Lamm; daughter Stephanie, and Joe Archuleta; Mom, Joan Lundy; brother Greg, and Lynn Bruce; sister Peg Engel and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and sister Christine Merrick.
Unlike Hemingway who is quoted, "best of all he loved the fall", Kathi loved the spring. Spring brings a renewal of life; flowers blossoming in the warm soil; new arrivals at her bird feeders and time to explore the desert wild flowers, mountain vistas, and river canyons.
Life is like a novel, read one page each day, without knowing the end. The past four years we and our family and friends have known the conclusion of Kathi's novel. Many neighbors, friends and family have provided hours of prayer, buoying conversation and favors during her illness. Without enumerating, thanks to all of you for your many kindnesses.
We'd like to thank Dr. Dan Zuckerman, RN Mari Beth Stein, Dr. John Pierce, Dr. Geraldo Perez, Maureen Salmon and Laura Moylan of Legacy Hospice, staff of Kindred Canyon West, and all the MSTI and St. Luke's Four South staff. They've been helpful and kind beyond words.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a scholarship fund in Kathi's name, to Caldwell Foundation For Educational Opportunity (CFEO), Address: 1803 Ellis, Caldwell, Idaho 83605, or to the IEA Children's Fund, Address: IEA, Attn: IEA Children's fund, PO Box 2638, Boise, Idaho, 83701.
Memorial services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, November 3, at the Caldwell United Methodist Church, 824 East Logan St. in Caldwell. Services are under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. 459-3629. Condolences and memories can be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com
Dakan Funeral Chapel
504 South Kimball Avenue Caldwell, ID 83605
Published in Idaho Press Tribune from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, 2012