Kathleen Ann (Kathy) Harden, 40, of Lake City, died Wednesday November 7th 2012 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville Florida. A longtime resident of Columbia County, Kathy passed suddenly due to an undiagnosed brain aneurysm.
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Kathy was born in Burlington Vermont on March 13, 1972 and moved to Florida in 1977 at the age of five with her parents, Roy Lee and Brenda Lee Harden, and her four brothers. Kathy was a graduate of Columbia High School class of 1989. While she tried her hand at a number of things over the years, her final vocation was providing quality control oversight of new road construction.
Kathy is survived by her life partner, Gregory Eric Kendall and her children Amber Shianne Browning, and Cory Anthony Reed, her grandchildren Serenity Nykole Simmons and Aithon Michael Simmons. She is also survived by her mother Brenda Lee Strickland and James Earl Strickland, her four brothers, Peter Joseph Harden and wife Melissa Lynette (Taylor), Roy Lee and Harden wife Melinda Lee (Taylor), Keith Brantley Harden and life partner Mary Katheryn Walker, and John Paul Harden and wife Samantha Deann (Keene), as well as 13 nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her father, Roy Lee Harden.
Kathy's spirit was expressed through her participation in the organ donor program. Many people were helped by her generosity and some of these donations were life-saving gifts to the recipient.
Kathy was known for her quick wit, humor, and love of her family! She will always be loved and missed. Kathy was cremated per her wishes and her ashes are being kept in stewardship by her family until her internment at Old Providence Baptist Church.
Published in Lake City Reporter on Nov. 28, 2012