Katherine (Kay) Patterson Muñoz, 65, of Orlando, passed away at home on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
Kay was born October 3, 1955, on Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, Illinois, to Robert Wayne and Sharon Wilson Patterson. She grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, graduating from Ruskin High School in 1973 and from Penn Valley Metropolitan Community College in 1975 with a degree in Dietetics, her profession for more than thirty years.
Kay's most cherished role in life was as wife and mother. She married Lilo (Lee) Muñoz, the "love of her life," on July 15, 1979 in Grandview, Missouri, and together they shared 40 years through Lee's passing in 2019. Kay and Lee welcomed the birth of their beloved son, Blake Muñoz, in 1984 in Orlando, where he grew up, attended high school and college, and lives today. Together, Kay and Lee moved where career opportunities led them – from Kansas City to Orlando to Denver to Daytona Beach (where they retired), returning to Orlando in 2018 to be near their son.
Kay especially loved to organize events and share her love of fine food, good wine, and lively chats with family and friends. Her friendly nature, beautiful smile, and readiness to share a story and enjoy a laugh will be remembered with great fondness.
Kay is survived by her son, Blake Muñoz, and his fiancée, Jessie Wendler, of Orlando; stepdaughter, Melissa Muñoz-Sage of Neola, Iowa; brothers, William and Michael Patterson of Washington, DC; sister, Heather Jones and her husband Randy of Columbia, Missouri; nephew, Zachary Jones and his wife Elizabeth and daughter Marigold of Columbia, Missouri; uncle Chris and his wife Leslie Wilson of Kansas City, Kansas; and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Muñoz; parents, Sharon Patterson of Columbia, Missouri, and Robert Patterson of Fort Worth, Texas; brother, Scott Patterson of Lodi, New York; and uncle Gillette (Pat) and his wife Martha Patterson of Columbia, South Carolina.
Donations honoring Kay's life may be made to the Orlando Health Foundation – Cancer Support Community: orlandohealthfoundation.com
Published by Orlando Sentinel from Jul. 30 to Jul. 31, 2021.