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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Published by Arizona Daily Star from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2010.