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Kathy Mayer

Lafayette - Born in 1949 in LaPorte, Ind., to Lawrence and Kathryn Mayer, Kathy Mayer died May 15, 2018.

From 1960 to 1977, she lived in Albuquerque, N.M., where she loved the desert, mountains and diverse cultures. She earned a bachelor's in journalism and political science in 1971 from the University of New Mexico.

She moved to Lafayette, Ind., in 1977, and worked as a secretary, then a writer. From 1987 until her death she was a full-time freelance writer for businesses, nonprofits and magazines. She also wrote poetry and personal essays.

Kathy championed women's rights and social and racial justice. She belonged to NOW, an earth-based women's spirituality group, creative writing group, needlework group and UU's Feminist Book Group.

She mentored children at schools, had three "little sisters" in Big Brothers/Big Sisters, made friends through the International Center and appreciated Black Cultural Center events.

Kathy's siblings are: Penny (Glen) Fehringer, New Mexico; Pat (Jim)

Altepeter, Lafayette; John Michael Rosetta, Texas; and James Mayer and Marie Rosetta Mayer, both deceased.

She loved and encouraged her nieces and nephews: Cheryl Fehringer and daughter Madison, New Mexico; Jeff (Rebecca) and son Harlan Altepeter, Mass.; Tom and daughters Gwen and Eden Altepeter, Colo.; Kathy Altepeter (deceased) and her children, Matt Altepeter (Mandy), Indianapolis; Michelle Smith and daughter Elizabeth, Texas; and Kylie Moore and Michael Moore, Lafayette.

Instead of a formal service, Kathy requested you pause in a park or your backyard, alone or with others, to remember her. Her family expresses that Kathy will be forever loved and respected by each of them and all who called her friend. Cards for her family may be sent to Pat and Jim Altepeter, Lafayette, Ind.
Published in the Journal & Courier on May 17, 2018
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