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In Loving Memory of Katelyn Diane Eaton.

Katy Eaton, the daughter of Amy Page and Travis Eaton, was born on September 5, 1997, and died of pneumonia on February 27, 2010, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. She was twelve years old.

Katy developed severe epilepsy at the age of 18 months, resulting in brain surgery at Children's Hospital. The surgery saved her life, but left her seriously physically and mentally challenged. She was never able to speak afterwards, but understood spoken language. Katy received wonderful help by local speech and physical therapists, to which her family is extremely grateful. We also wish to thank the care-givers who provided in-home care throughout her life, as well the many nurses and doctors who came to know Katy. We especially want to express our appreciation to Dr. Marcio Sotero of Swedish Hospital, who has been Katy's neurologist and lifelong friend.

When Katy was five years old, her Uncle Luke and his wife Kelly gave up their life on the east coast to come to Kennewick and help with Katy's care. Soon, they became the custodial parents of Katy and her little brother, Jared. Katy's natural parents, Amy Page and Travis Eaton, have remained involved in their children's lives and were also with Katy at the time of her death. The Culver and Eaton families are grateful beyond words to Luke and Kelly Culver for their unselfish, loving, and constant care for Katy and Jared. It has been a tremendous undertaking. How wonderful when families can work together for the benefit of all.

After a time, Katy's custodial parents were blessed with two more children, Aidan and Gwenyth. Although cousins, Katy, Jared, Aidan and Gwenyth have been raised as siblings in a loving Christian household.

The family also wishes to say thank-you to the many loving friends, congregation members, and workmates who have shown such devotion and support to the Luke Culver family and the Travis Eaton family. We also want to express our appreciation to Katy's teachers, who brought her so much joy in learning. And thank you, Elmo! She loved you so much.

Katy is survived by her parents, as stated above, and brother Jared. On her mother's side, she is survived by her great-great-grandmother, Harriet Walls; great-grandparents Janice and Chip Hill; great-grandparents Jim and Janet Uhler; grandparents Doug and Debbie Culver; as well as by her Uncle Ben Culver and wife Jennifer; Uncle Luke Culver and wife Kelly, their children Aidan and Gwenyth; and Uncle Ivan Culver; as well as by great-aunts and uncles and cousins. On her father's side, Katy is survived by her great-grandmother, Florence Hibbs; grandparents Gerald and Gloria Eaton; Aunt Shayna Eaton; Uncle Todd Hibbs and wife Mendi, their children Jathan and Ezri; as well as other aunts and cousins. She was preceded in death by her Uncle Trevor Eaton.

Katy truly brought love to this world and shared it generously. Anyone who knew Katy was on the receiving end of that unconditional love. She will be missed by all of us.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 4100 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick, WA, with reception to follow. All are welcome.

Published in Tri-City Herald from Mar. 2 to Mar. 4, 2010