Katherine Berry Boyd Lawson Blakeman

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BLAKEMAN, KATHERINE BERRY BOYD LAWSON, 23 July 1919 - 6 April 2013 A world traveler known for her sense of humor and love of life, "Katie" Blakeman died Saturday morning, April 6, 2013 at Arden Courts Memory Facility, Louisville. Her last 24 hours were probably the best she had known in several months. Her grandson, John, had moved her into Arden Courts just the previous day and they had spent a very happy day together. Katie was delighted with her new room; she had slept well, eaten a hearty breakfast, and was dressed in her favorite yellow outfit. Returning to her room, she decided to have a nap before attending a craft workshop. When one of the aides went to get her about an hour later, Katie didn't wake up. Her death, while a sadness to her family and friends, was a blessing; she had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's a year ago, and as the disease marched inexorably forward, Katie's mind slipped backward, as she lost the names of those she held dear.

Katie was an inveterate and exuberant traveler. Her favorite mode was cruising, two or three trips a year, and her last trip was in October 2011, when at 92, she spent two weeks visiting ports in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Known by everyone from her friends to her great granddaughters as "Katie," she was born in Sharpsburg, KY, but moved to Lexington at a young age where she later attended University High and UK. Katie served in the Women's Army Corps, and after her discharge from the Army, she moved to Louisville where she matriculated at U of L, and was a social worker until her retirement in the mid-1980s.

Survivors include her daughter, Lyle Lawson (Gordon Jaynes) of London, England; her son, Kenneth Boyd Lawson of Lexington; two grandsons, Damon Boyd Lawson (Diane) of Chicago and John Clark Lawson of Frankfort, and two great granddaughters, Amelia and Madelyn Lawson of Chicago. She was preceded in death by her son, 1st Lt. Stanley Garfield Lawson who was a casualty of the Vietnam War, and her husband, William Blakeman.

No funeral is planned, but a memorial service will be held later in the year. Arrangements: Shannon Funeral Home, Shelbyville.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to Shelbyville V.F.W., P. O. Box 25, Shelbyville, KY 40066 or Alzheimer's Assc., Greater Ky. Chapter, Kaden Tower, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, KY 40205.

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Published in The Courier-Journal on Apr. 9, 2013
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