Katherine "Katie Lee" Arthur, 77, of Willoughby, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Nov. 3, 2013.
Service and a celebration of life will be held on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 at 4 p.m. at St. Andrew Episcopal Church, 7989 Little Mountain Road, Kirtland Hills.
The family will receive friends prior to service from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Church.
Born April 7, 1936, Katie was a long-time Willoughby resident who worked tirelessly to serve, enrich and grow the charming community she loved.
Katie was an active member of St. Andrew Episcopal Church since the late 1950's where she served on the Vestry, was a Eucharistic Minister and Stephen Minister. She was also a member of RSVP in Lake County, an active community volunteer with the Lake County Historical Society, the Lake Metro Parks and at Breckenridge Village where she lived for the past two years.
Katie was also a founding member of the Heart of Willoughby and the original Market Master of the Willoughby Outdoor Market for 22 years. She was honored as the Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.
If you knew Katie, you had no doubt she was a loving and devoted mother of five, a proud grandmother of ten and was overjoyed being the great-grandmother of two.
The addition of five stepchildren, six grandchildren and a great-grandson during her marriage to Donald W. Arthur only made her life richer.
While raising her children, Katie's varied professional career included Assistant Food Service Director for the W-E School System and Director of The Willoughby Area Chamber of Commerce before venturing into entrepreneurship as a professional tour guide and "Make It Happen By Katie".
In 1999 Katie and Don purchased Scooters Soda Fountain in downtown Willoughby making her job as a "soda jerk" her most favorite.
Katie is survived by her children, Annejo "Joey" (Leon) Shirring of Willoughby, Pattikay (Meyer) Gottlieb of Los Angeles, Calif., Betsy J. Lee of Willoughby, James R. (Jodi) Lee of Amherst and Britta P. (Raymond) Noonan of Willoughby; stepchildren, Donn T. Arthur of Concord Township, Cynthia L. (George) Moldovan of St. Augustine Fla., Daniel B. (Kyle) Arthur of West Chester and Douglas W. Arthur of Mentor; 16 grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; and sister MaryLu "Dagne" (Adam) Crane of Ossining, N.Y.
She was proceeded in death by her beloved husband of 20 years, Donald W. Arthur in 2011; and her stepdaughter Cheryl A. (Jeffrey) Knox in 2010.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to Breckenridge Village Life Care Program in Willoughby or St. Andrew Episcopal Church Memorial Fund in Mentor.
Arrangements entrusted to McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Homes, Willoughby and Mentor.
McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Home
6330 Center Street Mentor, OH 44060
Published in www.News-Herald.com from Nov. 6 to Nov. 9, 2013