Kathleen Devon

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She was always easy to spot in a crowd. You could see her bright red hair, stylish scarves, and huge smile from a mile away. It's her smile that will stay in our hearts forever.
On the morning of December 27th, 2016, the world lost a special soul, Kathleen Devon. With her stubborn and spirited attitude, she fought against a nasty opponent, Glioblastoma (brain tumor). Unfortunately, she lost the battle.
Born in Juneau, Kathleen fine-tuned a spirited, bootstrap mentality that carried her through her life. Kathleen was married for ten years to John Stringer and had two wonderful, much loved, and admired boys, Shawn and Skippy. Throughout her entire life she was a dedicated, compassionate, and loving mother. In Alaska, as the boys were growing up, Kathleen did a bit of everything; working the fuel dock in Pelican, cooking on a fishing boat, working as a hospital nurses' assistant, traveling the state selling memberships in a small business association, and waitressing, to mention only a few. She loved the outdoors and hiking. Kathleen and her son, Shawn, hiked the challenging Chilkoot trail when he was 10 years old. An accomplished and successful artist, Kathleen's first show was produced under the tutelage of her mentor and friend, Rie Munoz.
In 1989, Kathleen moved to Seattle to care for her son, Skippy, who suffered a brain injury and other serious injuries in a car accident in Juneau. Though the accident was tragic, in a roundabout way, it opened a door for Kathleen. She worked for a year in the Pike Place Market selling art and was eventually able to purchase a store she converted to an elegant women's clothing store, Earth, Wind, and Fire Boutique. Kathleen was a serious businesswoman, salesperson and manager. She owned and operated Earth, Wind, and Fire Boutique for 26 years before selling it in January 2016. Kathleen was meticulous about how she engaged customers, closed sales, trained her employees, and she held very high standards for service to customers. She loved her store, loved her employees, and loved the excitement of the market.
In 2011, she married Robert Alexander and they lived happily in a condo in downtown Seattle, then moved in 2013 to Bainbridge Island. Robert was a dedicated husband who cared deeply for his wife and friend. Their love for each other was palpable. They shared many adventures and traveled to many places in the US and Europe.
Kathleen is survived by her loving husband, Robert Alexander, her sons, Shawn Stringer and Skippy Stringer Sprinkles, her siblings, Mike & Robin Devon, Shannon Devon & Mike West, and Michelle Devon; her stepchildren, Seth Alexander and Jenica Alexander; her granddaughters, Molly, Megan, KC Sunshine, Jordys, Fenchurch, Frances, Sabine, Margaret, Abigail, Solee; her great-granddaughter Rowan; her many friends, and her Pike Place Market family. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a contribution to the or other in Kathleen's memory. A celebration of her life will be held for family and friends at 2pm on January 21st, 2017, in the Elliott Bay Room at the Pike Place Market.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Jan. 11 to Feb. 10, 2017
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