Kathleen Theresa Ambrose

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60,of Santa Barbara, lost her battle with congestive heart failure on Tuesday January 07, 2014. Kathleen (Katy), born November 06, 1953 in Pasadena, CA, was a loving mother and grandmother with a generous spirit. After graduating Saint Andrews High School in Los Angeles, CA, Katy explored several professions before settling in Santa Barbara, CA, where she found her niche as a legal secretary and office manager. In her decades living in Santa Barbara, Katy donated her time and efforts to help the needy and disadvantaged. In keeping with her giving nature, it was her desire that when her spirit went to heaven, her organs be donated to UCLA's research program where she could help improve others' quality of life. Katy's family and friends are comforted in our loss knowing that others will find a second chance with this precious gift. Katy is survived by her daughter Bridget, granddaughters Anastasia and Tessa-Leigh, her father James, sisters Margaret and Bernadette, brothers Joseph, Anthony and Francis, and many friends. A private celebration of Katy's life will be held on Wednesday January 22, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Sorrows Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for Katy's granddaughter Anastasia Vargas care of Craig Granet at Fell, Marking, Abkin, Montgomery, Granet and Raney LLP 222 East Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Thank you for sharing in the celebration of Katy's long and wonderful life.

Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Jan. 19 to Jan. 23, 2014
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