Katherine Lambert Pettit
Katherine Lambert Pettit was born January 22, 1950, to Miriam and Donaldson Lambert in Toledo, Ohio. She spent her early years in Toledo, leaving to attend The Kent School in Connecticut at the beginning of her sophomore year of high school. She had always been athletic, and she blossomed in multiple sports during her time there. She was eventually named to the Kent School Athletic Hall of Fame for both field hockey and basketball. After graduating from the Kent School, she attended the University of Pennsylvania. Kathy and her husband, Bill, met through close family friends on New Year's Eve 1967. For the next 54 years they were devoted to each other, until she slipped away on the morning of August 19, 2021, five days after they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Kathy was loved and respected by her family and her many friends.
Kathy and a good friend bought a mortgage and escrow company on Bainbridge Island in Washington state after college. When her oldest son arrived, she put her own career aside and devoted her time to raising her family. Kathy and Bill loved to attend their three sons' sporting events, which took them throughout the Pacific Northwest, a large part of the United States, multiple provinces in Canada and even as far as Japan. Their boys played ice hockey, soccer, baseball, football, lacrosse and golf. Kathy was always there nursing injuries, celebrating their victories and consoling them in their losses. Kathy's love of golf grew over the years. At Seattle Golf Club she served as Ladies Captain, won the Ladies Club Championship twice and was a four-time Mixed Best Ball Champion. She also won the Ladies Club Championship three times at The Tumble Creek Club.
In 2016, Kathy was diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer. She fought courageously for five years to maintain a normal life with golf, bridge, walks with friends and time with her family.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Pettit; her sister, Lucy Lambert; her sons, Billy (Carolyn), Tim (Elizabeth) and Chris (Kate); along with her nine grandchildren, Christian, Whitney, Austin, Kennedy, Jack, Landon, Olivia, Avery and Natalie.
We wish to thank the incredible nurses and doctors at The Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, Washington for their loving care and support over the five years of treatments. A celebration of her life will be held in Seattle this fall and a memorial fund has been set up at the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Institute in her name to help find a cure.
The family requests that memorial gifts be designated to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Memorials can be made online at engage.fredhutch.org/goto/pettit
or mailed to Fred Hutch, 1100 Fairview Ave N, Mail Stop J5-200 Seattle, WA 98109. If you choose to make a memorial gift in Kathy's name by check, please make sure to include Kathy's name when sending in the donation.
Published by The Blade on Sep. 19, 2021.