Kathleen Field died peacefully at home on January 29, 2017. Born on March 27, 1935 in New York City, Kathleen was the oldest of six children.
In the mid-50's, while traveling to Bermuda with a girlfriend and getting caught trying to bring her own bottle of champagne on the plane, Kathleen met the flight engineer of the plane on which she was flying. Kathleen and that flight engineer, Arthur Field, eloped in January 1958. They eventually settled on Long Island, New York, and had two children John and Holly. They later relocated to Des Moines, Washington.
Kathleen developed a love of genealogy and spent time tracing Arthur's and her own family's origins. This was before computers were common and Kathleen spent hours combing through cemeteries for family headstones, reviewing old paper records, and gathering family stories. She was well known among genealogists and was often consulted. In 1988 she authored The Fahys of the Pond, which documented her family's history.
Kathleen and Arthur loved traveling. When they weren't flying to London or Hong Kong, they were taking road trips throughout the country. From tent camping in the Florida Everglades to parking an RV on the Pacific coast, Kathleen was always up for an adventure.
Kathleen doted on her grandchildren, Madeline and Matthew, and enjoyed watching them grow from infants to young adults.
Always quick with a comment and laugh, Kathleen was loved by many.
Kathleen was preceded in death by husband Arthur, son John, and sisters Peggy and Genevieve.
Remembering and missing her every day are daughter Holly and her husband Glenn, grandchildren Madeline and Matthew, daughter-in-law April, brother John and his wife Anne, sisters Celia and her husband Ron and Julia, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
A private interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Catholic Relief Services at www.crs.org.