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Lucy Katherine "Kathy" (Tate) Taylor

1933 ~ 2019 (age 85)

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Lucy Katherine (Tate) Taylor, or “Kathy”, 86, died peacefully, with family at her bedside, on November 7, 2019. Kathy was born on October 6, 1933 in Fort Benning, Georgia to the late Robert and Gladys Tate. Due to her father’s career in the U.S. Army, she grew up across the United States. Her familysettled in San Pedro, California when she was a teenager, where she remained until 2001. While raising five children, Kathy played church organ, taught piano lessons, and earned a B.A. inmusic at California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1987 and an M.A. in Social Work at UCLA in 1990. She worked as a social worker from 1990 to 2000, when she retired to Enumclaw in 2001, where she became a beloved church organist, piano teacher, and doting grandmother.

Kathy is survived by her sister Cecilia Hatcher; brother Lonnie Tate; children Mary Schulz (Donald) of Simi Valley, California, Michelle Smith (Russell) of Enumclaw, Washington, Roberta Ballard (Kevin Richards) of Woodstock, Georgia, and Kathy Linson (Craig) of Portland, Oregon; six grandchildren Bryan, Renee, Angela, Brent, Carly, and Claire; and two step-granddaughters Caitlin and Moira. She was predeceased by her father Robert Tate (1901-1995), mother Gladys Tate (1910-1999), and son Michael Joncich (1956-1991). She is remembered for her love of family and music, her devotion to the Methodist church, and as a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, teacher and friend. Her loved ones are forever grateful that she passed on her passion for music and service to others, appreciation for the small pleasures of life, and the value of a good belly laugh.

A funeral service is planned for 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 13, at Weeks’ Enumclaw Funeral Home. Burial will be at Enumclaw Evergreen Memorial Park at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Student Scholarship Fund of the Washington State Music Teachers Association. WSMTA, ℅ Kirsten Carlson, 732 N 74 St, Seattle, WA 98103 (

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Funeral Service
November 13, 2019

1:00 PM
Weeks' Enumclaw Funeral Home
1810 Wells Street
Enumclaw, WA 98011

Graveside Service
November 13, 2019

2:30 PM
Evergreen Memorial Park
23717 SE 416th St
Enumclaw, WA 98022

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