Katherine (Kay) Cohn passed away peacefully in her home on November 26, 2012 from ovarian cancer, with loved ones by her side. She was an incredible wife to Ron, a loving mom to Kimarie and Grammy to her grandson William. Her mom Margaret, brother Noel and sister Terry live on Vancouver Island. She was born in Fullerton, CA and grew up in Sacramento. In high school, Kay met Ron in the music department and their lives remained intertwined for decades to come. She enlisted in the Navy and was a dental hygienist. After her discharge, Kay and Ron reunited, got married on April Fools Day 35 years ago and lived in Sonoma before moving to Santa Rosa 13 years ago. Kay worked as an executive secretary and for Edward Jones for over 20 years as an office manager. She was an incredibly talented and prolific, passionate quilter, making over 100 quilts for family and friends, donating quilts for new babies and abused woman's shelters. She was past president of Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma County, and long time member of MQSC and Santa Rosa quilt guilds. She loved to design her own quilts, loved to make Victorian crazy quilts and purses, and was a historian of antique laces. She taught quilting classes for years with her business The Fru Fru Queen. She volunteered with The Legacy in Sebastopol for several years and loved organizing all the donated fabrics, lace and crafts. She is remembered by so many as "a classy lady, helpful and friendly, with a big smile and someone who loved to laugh, someone always looking for answers to life's lessons; everything she did was done with style, color, and presentation in mind---it was the way she approached each day of her life. She brought things to a higher level when she was involved. She loved to organize fun events. A joy to be with." She touched the lives of everyone she knew in a positive loving way. The love Kay gave and received made her life complete. Our world is richer for the gift of her love and poorer for her passing. Her greatest joys in life were to be surrounded by family and friends, to travel anywhere but especially to the ocean, good food and wine, music and laughter, shopping, learning about new things and of course, working with fabrics and lace. Kay wanted me to express a huge thank you to everyone for their love and support throughout her life. The family is planning a celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Memorial Hospice, 821 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 or anywhere you choose to pay her acts of kindness forward. Don't cry because she is gone---smile because she was in your life!
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2012