Kathryn Lee "Kate" Donahue

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Kathryn "Kate" Lee

Kathryn "Kate" Lee Donahue, 25, died January 6, 2011 as a result of injuries incurred by a fire in Puerto Rico.
Kate was born May 20, 1985 in San Bernardino, CA. She brought much joy to her parents, Michelle and Tom, and to her brother Keenan during her short life.
She spent her childhood in Marysville, WA and Stanwood, WA. Later, she and her family moved to Chandler, AZ where she graduated from Valley Christian High School in 2003. After graduation, she followed her calling to become a nurse like her mother. She graduated from the nursing program at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, CA in 2005. After working for St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco, she relocated to Seattle, WA and began working for Group Health on Capital Hill in Seattle.
She was a vibrant young woman who thoroughly embraced life. Never one to shy away from adventure, she sought out fun in all she did. Her smiling face and quirky sense of humor endeared her to all who met her, whether at work as a nurse, or with her large circle of friends and family. Children adored her because she never forgot how to be a kid herself.
In Seattle she met her kindred soul, Jesus Sanchez Vasquez, a mechanical engineer at The Boeing, Co. They wanted to share their lives, and planned to be married on July 17, 2011. Jesus, sadly, also perished in the fire that claimed Kate's life. Everyone agreed that they were the happiest when together.
Kate is survived by her parents, Michelle and Tom Donahue of Walnut Creek, CA; her brother, Keenan, of Chandler, AZ; her grandmothers, Patricia Lee Hall, Santa Rosa, CA and Roberta Gee, Clinton, IA; aunts and uncles, Dianna Lee and David Thompson, Ashland, OR; Patrice and Paul Moore, Santa Rosa, CA; Carol Hall and Scott Kinzy, Santa Rosa, CA; Mary and Brett Miller, San Diego, CA; Teresa Donahue, DeWitt, IA; Kevin and Julie Donahue, DeWitt, IA; Vince and Barb Donahue, DeWitt, IA; and Pat and Deb Donahue, Camanche, IA. She also left a large circle of cousins and extended family and friends who adored her.
She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Sgt. Darrell Lee, Rialto, CA, Jerry Donahue, DeWitt, IA, and Wally Hall, Kenwood, CA; and her uncle, Bob Donahue, DeWitt, IA.
Funeral services for Kate will be held on January 28, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Alderwood Community Church, 3403 Alderwood Mall Boulevard, Lynnwood, WA 98037.
A joint celebration of Kate and Jesus' lives will be held at 1:30 p.m. on January 29, 2011 at the Alderwood Community Church, 3403 Alderwood Mall Boulevard, Lynnwood, WA 98037.
Contributions in memory of Kate may be made to Wells Fargo Bank #6174877891 for Kate Donahue and Jesus Sanchez. Extra funds not used for medical and funeral expenses will be used to start a foundation in honor of Kate and Jesus.
Thank you, everyone, for your love, prayers, and support. As Kate would have requested, remember to squeeze as much joy from life as possible, and savor every second with loved ones.

Published in The Herald (Everett) on Jan. 24, 2011
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