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MASTERSON, Kathy 71, came to Tucson via Delaware, and Los Angeles in 1991. Born in Linwood, Pennsylvania, she attended Holy Saviour School and Notre Dame High School in Media, PA. Given her poor sense of direction, we were happy that hosts of angels came to lead her to paradise, so she wouldn't get lost, on April 7, 2017. Born to Hughie and Margaret Ward, on January 24, 1947, she was an early baby boomer along with several of her first cousins, born in the same year. She liked to brag about how her closet cousin, Terry Shields, was "much older" than she, having been born just two weeks earlier than her. Having grown up in the 60s, during "Beatle-mania," she was their ultimate fan. She was a true flower child, who danced to the beat of her own drum. It was about this time that her love of travel sparked, and she worked as a travel agent in Atlanta, GA, Wilmington, DE and finally Santa Monica, CA. In 1978, Kathy joined American Airlines as a reservations agent. American Airlines quickly became her second home, where she forged friendships that lasted until the present time. After she retired in 2012, she and many of her fellow American Airlines retirees created a monthly book club, where they would occasionally discuss books, but mostly used this time to drink, socialize and catch-up amongst friends. In 1973 Kathy married John Masterson of Wilmington, DE. They quickly started their adventure together by moving from Linwood, PA to Santa Monica, CA by way of a VW van, which only broke down about three or four times along the way. It was in Santa Monica, that they started their new life together and had two wonderful children, Andrew and Colleen. Of all the things Kathy enjoyed in life, her biggest joy was being a wife and mother. May 11th of this year would have marked her and John's 45 years together. Upon retirement, she volunteered and later became employed, part-time, at Interfaith Community Services (ICS). Her position at ICS helped focus her talents and her passion for helping others. In addition to her husband John and children, Andrew and Colleen, Kathy is survived by her loving sister, Mary Helen Ward, sisters-in-law, Maureen Greco, Alice Masterson and Carol Masterson and her best friend, Dunnell Grossmann, as well as legions of extended family and friends. The family wishes to thank the members of Oshyn Hospice for the compassion and care given to Kathy during her final months. Memorial Services for Kathy will be held both in Tucson, AZ and Wilmington, DE at a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Interfaith Community Services at icstucson.ccsend.com. Arrangements by ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME.

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Apr. 15, 2018