Long time Juneau resident Kathryn Kennedy King passed away peacefully in her home in Douglas on March 20, 2013, after a brief illness. Kathryn (Kathy) was born in San Diego, California on, December 20, 1952. In 1975, during a Christmas visit to her family, Kathy fell in love with splendor of Alaska, and Juneau became her permanent residence.
Kathy attended college at the University of Seattle Washington, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She went on to attain a Juris Doctor from the University of Puget Sound in 1988. After returning to Juneau to be near family and to pursue her law career, Kathryn met and married her husband, James Daniel King Jr. (deceased).
Together, Kathy and Dan provided a welcoming home, support, and guidance to their extended family; they were the foundation upon which everyone grew and felt safe. Soon after their marriage, Kathy became a grandmother, a role that changed her life and brought joy to her heart.
Kathryn had many passions such as supporting the local arts community, engaging others in thought provoking conversations, reading, gardening, beach combing, practicing Kundalini yoga, walking her outspoken German Shepard, Archer, and being a loving caregiver to all. She is known for being clever yet earnest, and for her boisterous laughter that was highly contagious.
Kathy is survived by everyone she knew and loved including but not limited to granddaughters Kylie and Katelyn King, nephew Nik Reis, niece Jessica Thompson, aunt Carol Geanoulis, cousin Steven Geanoulis and siblings Colleen Kautz and Jay Kennedy.
A Summer Solstice memorial will be held on Friday, June 21st, 2013 from 4pm-8pm on Sandy Beach to celebrate her memory. For more information about the event, or to find out how you can help, please contact email@example.com, or find us at the Kathy K Memorial page on Facebook.
Published in The Juneau Empire on June 14, 2013