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Kathryn Lee "Kate" DONAHUE

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Kathryn "Kate" Lee DONAHUE Age 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 and brought much joy to her parents, Michelle and Tom, and to her brother Keenan during her short life. She spent her childhood in Marysville and Stanwood, WA. Moving to Chandler, AZ, she graduated from Valley Christian High School in 2003. She followed her calling to become a nurse like her mother and graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College in California in 2005. After working for St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco, she relocated to Seattle, WA and began working for Group Health on Capitol Hill. She was a vibrant woman who thoroughly embraced life. She sought out adventure and fun in all she did. Her smiling face and quirky sense of humor endeared her to her family, friends and coworkers. Children adored her because she never forgot how to be a kid. In Seattle she met her kindred soul and fiancé, Jesus Sanchez Vasquez, a mechanical engineer at Boeing, who perished in the same fire that claimed Kate's life. They were the happiest when together. Kate is survived by her parents Michelle and Tom Donahue, Walnut Creek, CA; her brother Keenan, 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. Funeral services for Kate will be held on January 28th at 11:00 a.m. at the Alderwood Community Church, 3403 Alderwood Mall Blvd., Lynnwood, WA 98037. A joint celebration of Kate and Jesus' lives will be held at 1:30 p.m. on January 29th at the same location. 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 Seattle Times on Jan. 27, 2011
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