Kathryn Suzanne Chavez-Moreno
Adair Funeral Homes - Dodge Chapel
1050 North Dodge Boulevard
Tucson, AZ
Kathryn (Kathy) Suzanne Chavez-Moreno The love of our lives passed away peacefully after a courageous and determined battle against breast, brain and spinal cancer. God saw how much pain she was in and how tired she was, calling her home during the early morning hours of January 6, 2010 while surrounded by family. Kathy is survived by her husband of 25 years, Martin (Marty) Moreno; sons, Christopher S. Moreno (fiancée Christy Aguilar) and Eric M. Moreno. Also surviving are her parents, Esquiel and Josefina Chavez; brother, Larry Chavez (Vivian); brother, Arthur Chavez (Tracey); brother, Dan Chavez (Jennifer); brother, Alex Chavez (Denise); sister, Laura Rodriquez (Jose); father-in-law, Ernest Moreno (Elizabeth) and numerous nieces and nephews. Kathy was born on December 14, 1959, the second of six children. She attended Rincon High School where she met her future husband, Marty. Kathy worked in the banking industry starting as a teller and rapidly progressing to assistant branch manager of Pima Savings and Loan. Her beautiful personality, intelligence, a superior acumen for the business world, her outgoing nature and the ability to befriend everyone she met made her a natural adult educator. After the savings and loan industry declined, she started a new career as the Judicial Assistant for Pima County Superior Court Commissioner K.C. Stanford. In addition to her judicial assistant duties, she developed and taught numerous training programs for the staff of superior court. In 1997, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Undeterred by the diagnosis and how ill she was from the effects of chemotherapy, she continued working full time never missing a day of work. In 2001, motivated by a strong desire to be a role model for her sons, she decided to return to school to complete her education. She enrolled at the University of Arizona and was accepted into the Eller College of Business where she studied Management Information Systems. In 2002, the cancer returned but it was now in her brain requiring several brain surgeries, months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Motivated by a strong desire to complete her education, she begrudgingly took off one semester for cancer treatment and returned to the University of Arizona graduating Summa Cum Laude in December of 2003. For 13 years, Kathy bravely fought off cancer with a mix of humor, determination and a positive outlook, Despite numerous brain surgeries, years of chemotherapy and countless radiation treatments, Kathy never lost hope that she would be healed or her faith in God. She is sorely missed and we will forever be indebted to her. She always saw the good in people and worked tirelessly to ensure that her family was well cared for. We wish to thank the staff at the Oncology/Radiology Department of the University of Arizona Cancer Center, in particular Dr. Dino Stea and the entire nursing staff. Dr. Stea is more than a doctor to our family; he will forever be a friend. Viewing and Rosary on Friday, January 8, 2010 from 1800 - 2000 hours with a Rosary prayed at 1900 hours at ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel, on Dodge and Speedway. On Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 1200 hours, we will celebrate a Mass at St. Joseph's Church on Craycroft Road south of Broadway. The family requests in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Kathy's name to the American Cancer Society.

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It has been almost a year since we said 'goodbye' and it is still very tough. My house is still filled with Kathy and Bev and friends pictures. Kathy's voice is still in my heart making me laugh. Her vision helps me see things through her eyes. There have been a mountain of stories from people this last year, especially from the Flying Sams and the University of Arizona Peds dept where she worked and volunteered. I still do not look at a UofA cop and not hear her say "Just a flashlight cop Bev, don't worry, you won't be arrested". She had so many hilarious moments that have to be shared in person, not on a website like this for the whole effect. But what the heck...a few more. She and Laura Cinalli had a 'Boobs Away' party for me when I had my mastectomy and she gave us all quite a show. Within a few months of that gathering, a friend got cancer and used Kathryn's story as an inspiration.
She also inspired a friend in new orleans after the hurricane, so much so that this woman sent her (via my suitcase) a giant plastic mold of two breasts. When I gave it to her we shrieked in laughter and almost gave her dear neice a heart attack.
This is one website I want to see stay open and if anyone wants it as well, let me help pay for it. I think it is a good place to add stories and one year is not near enough for someone as amazing as her...
So many great times, so much to give, so missed. Our friend Duke told me to remember that she is in the wind and in the rain, in the butterflies, in the warm sun, in the cool of the evening. She is just in a different form, but she is always with us. I believe that and with her faith, I know it is true. My love to all the Chavez and Moreno family. I am always here if you need someone to talk to about Kathy as I know you are for me.
Bev Blashill Jutry
Bev Blashill Jutry
January 4, 2011
dear kathy, time my be coming closer to close this chapter or its the end of the book.But you well never be forgotten as your story was so strong, and faithful to god and family.one my say it was a fairy tale and one may say a hero to ones life.thank you for being who you where bless you and all those who belives. your with family now. love your cuz little bell
January 3, 2011
Dearest beautiful Kathy, I miss you every day and shall until I join you in God's glory. You are still my inspiration and my love for you is still as strong as when you were here on earth. You projected such warmth and your aura was as bright as the sun. You are complete now with no more suffering and suffering you did. You were such a valiant lady Kathy and I admired that about you in fact Kathy you are my hero. I love you and miss you tremendously. It is almost a year since your body left us but not your heart.
Gloria Valenzuela
December 14, 2010
My deepest sympathy to Kathy's family. She was such a warm and wonderful childhood friend. Kathy will be missed and treasured by so many friends and family.
David Michael Torres
December 13, 2010
Dearest Marty, Chris, Eris, Jose, Cal and the rest of the strong and loving family of my dearest friend Kathryn. We met when she was first diagnosed and I will never forget how positive she was 12 years ago.
She was also a member of the Flying Samaritans that brought medical supplies and help to El Rosario Mexico. She and I would room together and talk until the wee hours at night. Everyone loved her, and I mean everyone. When she smiled, she won over patients who were frightened (especially when she worked dental with the kids). The families at El Rosario loved her, the Sams loved her, the waiters loved her and she even smiled at the border patrol when our little Cesnas landed, giving us a quick re'entry to the USA.
Once we were on the beach after a long day at clinic. We were tired but wanted to walk in the sand (and talk more...we always talked, and I mean daily for years and years). She looked at the sea and asked me 'Do you see it?'. I was looking for a whale or dolphin as we had many there. And I said "No I don't see anything, where is it?" She said, "Right there in front of you!". Again I thought it might be a washed up sea shell. I again ask her what she saw. She smiled and said, "The waves, Bev, the waves...it represents the strength of humanity, it never stops, ever. Some days are peaceful, some days are choppy, some are confused on which way they might break. But the spirit of the waves give you an example of who we are as a giving,strong and constant try to give us love". She blew my mind as she always did.
Once when we took a Salsa class we went to see the famous Tito Puente. As usual we couldn't stay at the top row at the UofA Centennial seats, so we crept down to the isle as others where doing the same thing. Tito Puente caught her eye and put her on stage. He told the a full house that "You men out there do not need fancy cars or a big bank account to find such beautiful woman, look who she is. She is filled with passion and THAT is where a woman's heart always win you over. The men were sort of silent but we cheered and he hugged both of us. Another Kathryn moment. Then we worked together and reminded our boss the amazing Duke Duncan MD that he 'thinks he is the boss' but he should know better than to think Bev and Kathryn couldn't run the Cerebal Palsy study.
There are so many Kathy stories I want to write a book but my grief right now is still so raw, I cry every single day as my pictures of us together are all over the house. I talk to her, I pray with her, I feel her presence with her, and I know I always will. She loved her family so much and gave me spirit to try to mend the family that I had so much personal problems. She said, "Forgive, forgive, forgive". She was right and now I am hearing her voice daily. Marty, Jose and boys, you did such an amazing job helping her through her last year and years before. I can't thank you enough for giving her more life. There will be more stories but my tears are getting in the way right now. I loved her as a best friend and how lucky I was, how lucky I was. She was put in my path as a gift from God. (And yes, she was good friends with Bishop Moreno, he often called her, and we took him to lunch often. He too was struggling with cancer. My dad had gone to High School in CA with him and he told me that I wasn't sure who was giving comfort to whom. They connected immediately and he himself called her an angel). So true, so true. More stories later, I promise. Blessing to all who knew her, she loved everyone with passion, just as Tito Puente knew, he just knew.
Much love to all, Bev Blashill Jutry
PS She was my maid of honor at my small wedding, it was a magical moment.
Bev Blashill Jutry
March 24, 2010
It's taken a long time for me to be able to have enough courage to list my thoughts of my beautiful cousin Kathy. She was such a great inspiration and wonderful person...that to know that a person with that much love to give to people, is gone, breaks my heart. I loved seeing her when I was in town, loved sharing my adventures with her, she always listened like it was such a great story. I can only say that I hope that one day, I can be well thought of and loved as much as my cousin. I will miss you forever Kathy, you're always in my heart and mind. I loved that we shared time together when you came with the family to DC..and you and I went to the Cathedral together, had lunch. So much fun. I love you cousin. -Denise
Denise Moreno (Chavez side of family)
January 20, 2010
Dear Moreno and Chavez Families,
I am so sorry for your loss. Kathy was always such an inspiration to me. From the time we met in jr. high, through high school and when I last saw her she had the best outlook and that radiance that just glowed with her beautiful smile. I know her positive spirit lives on and that she is now looking after her loved ones. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Marilyn Mendoza Smith
January 15, 2010
My thoughts are with all of you. I had the priveledge of knowing Kathy through her treatments with us. I will miss her smile and positive attitude - my love to you all
Jamie Holt
January 11, 2010
The Salpointe Catholic High School community extends deepest sympathy for Mrs. Chavez-Moreno's family and friends. You are in our prayers at this very difficult time.
Salpointe Catholic High School
January 11, 2010
To Marty, Chris, Eric, Laura (my beautiful wife),& Nana & Tata Chavez,and all of the Chavez brothers;
I just want to say thank you for allowing me into your family and I want to especially say thank you to Kat for being such a great sis in law and a Tia to my kids Nic & Brianna. Kathy, my kids love you dearly and so do Laura and I. You truly were an Angel here on earth. We are all sad at your passing but find comfort knowing that you are with our Lord in Heaven. None of us will ever forget you. And as I told Nic and Brianna, we will see you again. Marty, Chris, and Eric...continue to live life to the fullest as Kathy would want you to; God Bless.

La Familia Rodriguez
Jose Rodriguez
January 10, 2010
What i remember about Kathy ever since i was 6 years old was she was always a women who had a smile on her face and a woman who had a big heart. My brother and I would always go to their home to sleep over and hang out with Eric. I can remember for the longest time she was always fighting through her sickness but you really could never tell because I remember all the time she was stressed out with all of her work she went through when she went back to school and every time we were over she would always go out of her way to ask my brother and I if we were hungry or needed anything. She was always this person with a great positive attitude and she will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to marty, chris, and eric. my condolences are with you and the whole chavez and moreno family.
Garza Twins
January 10, 2010
Moreno and Chavez Family,
Kathy was a true inspiration to the world, she was definitely one in a million. Her kindness,beauty,strength,and compassion will live on through us all. She may now peacefully rest and watch over you all with that amazing smile she always carried. My deepest sorrow and condolences. Keep your heads high as she would have wanted. All my love
Tasha Gonzalez
January 9, 2010
Chris, Eric, Larry and Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Moreno/Chavez Families. Kathy was the most beautiful woman with such a lovely smile. The love for her sons was always evident. May she rest in peace.

Stephanie, Matthew and Megan Macias
Stephanie Macias
January 9, 2010
Marty, Chris, and Eric -- My heart aches for you and the rest of the family in the loss of Kathy. She fought the best fight anyone could ask, and she did so with such courage and dignity. Take time to focus on the positive memories and specialness of your family times. You will get through this, and she will live on through each of you.
Charlotte Bilang
January 9, 2010
To: Mr. & Mrs. Chavez, Larry, Marty and family,
I first met Kathy in middle school and we became fast friends. She could light up a room with her smile and genuine kindness. About 5 years or so ago my sister Marilyn and I learned she was battling cancer and we met for lunch. Little did we know Kathy would be consoling us with her strong Faith in God. I remember one of Kathy's favorite songs was "Hello, it's Me" by Todd Rundgren-she LOVED this song and I always smile when I hear it and Kathy we will always LOVE you my cherished friend. Until we meet again.
Ruby Mendoza Ulrich
January 9, 2010

While I didn't know Kathy, I am sorry for your loss.

Ruth Smith
January 9, 2010
Kathy was my college friend and she was all about being positive.

As a student who was still trying to find his own spot in the society, I found her as a great inspiration to stay focus and do better in school.

Kathy, thank you for your friendship and inspiration. MIS class of 2003 will miss you.
Tony Tjangdra
January 9, 2010
Knowing I will see you again, makes your passing a little easier. But my heart still misses you today. Your friendship was a Blessing, and I thank God for bringing our lives together.
Marty, Chris and Eric may the Lord give you Peace and Strength in the days/weeks/months/years ahead. We love you all, so very much!
Kim Irvine
January 9, 2010
I am very sorry for your loss. I worked with Kathy at Pima Savings - she was a true people person and she will be missed.
Kathie Miner
January 9, 2010
Kathy (My Sister in Life and In Christ)

Your incredible faith inspires me; your perfect smile warms me.
Your keen intellect astonishes me; your positive attitude is contagious.

Your sense of humor makes me laugh; your laughter makes me smile.
Your inner beauty is angelic; your outer beauty is radiant.

Your friendship is endearing; your selflessness is reverent.
Your suffering brings me sorrow; your bravery is courageous.

Your absence is tearful; your presence is missed,
until we finally, meet again! See you at the Gates!
I LOVE you and miss you,
Art Chavez
January 9, 2010
To the Chavez & Moreno Families:
I was so very sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. I met Kathy many years ago through her cousin,Frances, who was a good friend of mine. She had a smile that could light up a room and a beautiful heart. I am so sorry to hear that she was taken from you so soon. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Cathy Caviglia Askenasy
January 9, 2010
Words cannot soften the pain and sorrow, but our Lord Jesus Christ can give us the peace and comfort. Cast your cares upon the Lord and he will sustain you (Psalm 55:22).
To Martin, the boys and all those who loved Kathy, our prayers and thoughts will be with you throughout this difficult time. Kathy's smile and loving personality will always be remembered. May her legacy and spirit be an example to all of us.
Terry Garcia Crews
January 8, 2010
To the Moreno and Chavez family,
My condolences on Kathys passing. I will always remember Kathy as a very beautiful person. Her beautiful smile will stay with me forever.
Noemi Garcia
January 8, 2010
My thoughts and prayers go out to he Chavez-Moreno Families. I remember Kathy as a lovely girl who was always happy. I was sad when I heard of her passing, but I know that she had fought her illness most of her adult life. She is now at peace and with God, and the memories you have of her will help you get though this difficult time.
Diane Gallardo-Cannella
January 8, 2010
Kathy, you were my birthday sister, my inspiration, my friend. I have never met a person with so much love and tenderness to give to any one that she met. I always admired her strength,determination and the postive attitude she had to battle her disease. Although we have not kept in touch as much over the years , she has always been (and always will be) in my thoughts and in my heart . You will be missed my friend.
Mari Bunnell
January 8, 2010
Kathy taught me a few good lessons. I still laugh when I think about how she was hired. I was not going to interview her. After all, on paper she had no legal experience. None whatsoever. Nada. However, Lorena my spouse was a friend of Kathy and a good judge of character. It was trust in the opinion of Lorena that got Kathy an interview. Once I spoke with Kathy, I thought she fit our judicial division. Guess what: she did and excelled. She held true to the old adage “hire for character, train for skills.” She was self-assured, motivated and punctual. She was professional, empathetic and friendly. She honored the privacy of litigants and her personal difficulties did not overshadow her career. She took everything in stride and with a great deal of faith. God blessed her to be a blessing to others. I was certainly blessed to know her.
KC Stanford
January 8, 2010
I worked with Kathy at the courts and she always had such a great attitude of life itself, even though times were tough for her. She always had a smile on her face which made her shine. She was such an inspiration to everyone she came in contact with. She loved her family and her friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest in peace, Kathy. You will never be forgotten.
Vickie Vasquez
January 8, 2010
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Chavez and Moreno Family. Although Kathy and I did not speak often as adults she and I were inseparable as children. A day did not go by that we didn't spend together. The mischiefs, laughter, secrets that we shared are memories that I will always cherish and hold close to my heart.
I am saddened that she was taken at such an early age but have solace in knowing that she is no longer suffering. Heaven has accepted a very special Angel.
Kathy, I love you, I will miss you, rest in peace my dear friend.
Arlene Gallardo Laos
January 8, 2010
Dear Marty and family, I want to offer my sincerest condolences on Kathy's passing. She was a beautiful,courageous and special lady. I remember when she would call the office; she always sounded so upbeat and happy. You would have never known she was fighting such a horrible monster. Having lost my mother to brain cancer I know how difficult it is to see your loved one slipping away each day with that feeling of helplessness. But, I guess the only consolation we have is that our loved one is no longer suffering and that they are with the Lord in a beautiful, peaceful place. I know there are no words of comfort I can offer at this difficult time, I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

May God Bless You All.

Suzi Gradillas
January 8, 2010
Chavez-Moreno Family,
My heart goes out to you and your family at this time and in the days ahead. I was very fortunate to know Kathy working here at the courts. She always made me smile and always gave me advice. She will never be forgotten.
Jo Ann Cornejo, Superior Court
January 8, 2010
Kathy was a very lovable person. I knew her from a doctors office that I work at. She touched my heart everytime that she came in to the office, with a big smile on her face. Kathy was always in my prayers and she will remain in them. She was strong through this hard time and God took one of his angels way too soon. May you rest in peace and god bless.
Liz Villegas
January 8, 2010
Kathy was one of kind. Her positive outlook on life is surpassed only by her genuine love for life. She always made me feel special. She was my inspiration when things were tough. Always reminding me that I could do aynthing. I used to tell her that she was my "Idol". Her strength and courage was inspirational. I will miss her more than I can say. I will cherish her memory.
Johnita White
January 8, 2010
Dear Lord, I want to thank you for allowing Kathy to be in our lives and touch our hearts and spirits. Kathy showed us determination and to love life to its fullest and never ever give up. Kathy never waivered in her faith no matter how many times cancer touched her body. Cancer never touched her beautiful heart in fact it made it stronger. The tremendous love she had for her immediate family and for all of us her extended family is a tremendous blessing in itself. For whatever reason Dear Lord that you allowed her to suffer so much we will never know but I am sure that she is in your heavenly presence along with her family that went before her. She is surrounded by them for all eternity. She is wrapped in Your Love and is our angel in Heaven. Kathy thank you for being you. You will always be in our thoughts and hearts. You will always be loved by all of us that had the honor of knowing you. I love you, Kathy. Your cousin, Gloria
Gloria Valenzuela
January 8, 2010
Dear Marty, Chris, Christie and Eric:

Our deepest condolences go out to all of you. Kathy was a true and holy example of what a Christ filled life should be. She showed the world the love of Christ and Our Blessed Mother in the way she carried herself and her family during the trying times of her life. Her example of a gentle loving wife and mother is what I will remember always. She was a true example of what a loving mother should be and out-shined all of us moms greatly. She did very well with Chris and Eric and they have grown up to be fine young men. We are blessed and honored to have Chris as our future son-in-law and brother-in-law to David and Mary. We all hoped that Kathy would be with us during all of your graduations, the wedding and in welcoming our future grandbabies. She will be. Maybe not physically, but in Spirit. May God's blessings and comfort be with you all.

With all our love,
Patricia Mata, Frank Campillo, David and Mary Aguilar
Patricia Mata
January 8, 2010
Kathy, your wings were just too large for this world. Vaya con Dios, my friend. I know your work is not done and without the pain and sorrow of this life your eternal life will surely be glorious.
Alene Martinez
January 8, 2010
to kathy and family,
my heart is with you all, i have always look up to you, your brightness and the ability to make our life stronger god bless you all. and kathy please give a big huge to your tia beia i know there will be a party this weekend up there.love you and smiles to you.
love little belia chavez moreno alvarez
January 8, 2010
Kathryn Chavez was a special person. Always pleasant. Always a smile. My comdolences to the Chavez-Moreno family.
Alan Mignault
January 8, 2010
I was VERY FORTUNATE to know Kathryn here at the Courts. She was the most positive person I have ever had the priviledge to know. She was also so beautiful, inside and out. I ran into her about a year ago at a restaurant and was able to chat for a few minutes. I was so hopeful that she would beat her cancer. She has been gone from the Courts for awhile now, but she has never been forgotten. She will me missed. My heart goes out to her family but know that she was loved and admired by many!
Judy Garcia (Child Support Division/Superior Court)
January 8, 2010
I was VERY FORTUNATE to know Katherine here at the Courts. She was the most positive person I have ever had the priviledge to know. She was also so beautiful, inside and out. I ran into her about a year ago at a restaurant and was able to chat for a few minutes. I was so hopeful that she would beat her cancer. She has been gone from the Courts for awhile now, but she has never been forgotten. She will me missed. My heart goes out to her family but know that she was loved and admired by many!
Judy Garcia (Child Support Division/Superior Court)
January 8, 2010
Kathy was a very special person and she will always be remembered. She had a smile that could brighten anyone's day.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the wonderful memories you have of Kathy help bring you comfort.
Christina Madrid
January 8, 2010
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