We are gathering here today to celebrate Kathryn Francine Daniels. Along with her dog that she would call her son Sadsack. Kathy did not like being called by her full name Kathryn so we will respect her wishes. Kathy was born June 29th, 1948, in Auburn, Washington at the one-bedroom Cross Home, better known as Uncle Kenney’s Home with 15 of her aunties and uncles but was raised as sisters/brothers, passed away November 17th, 2021 in her home on the Muckleshoot Reservation of Auburn, Washington. She survived by her son Vern Ward Sr. of Ho River, Daughters Shawn Flores of Auburn, Barbara Guiterrez of Tacoma, Brother Brinnon Aasted of Auburn, Sisters Stacey Marquard of Yakima, Georgina Daniels, Barbara Courville, Lorelei Rasmussen, Jeannette Aasted all Auburn Washington. Her twenty-three grandchildren, many aunties, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren. Preceded in death Father Edwin “Dutch” Daniels, Mother Dorothy McJoe-Price, Son’s Eli “Pete” Ward, Vincent Morganthaler, and Daughter Kathy K. Ward. Kathy came and made a big family. Up until her last day's people showed up for her, including her many caretakers who have spent many years with her. Dawn Phillips was with her the longest and was one of her best friends. Many would agree that Kathy had joyful laughter filling her whole body centering specifically in her belly. That contagious laughter would cause her to close her eyes and throw her head back. A special moment in Kathy's life was when Sadsack was born. He was so tiny and could fit into the palm of her hands bringing more love and laughter into her life. Kathy had Sadsack for a portion of her life, but Sadsack had her for his whole life. Anyone close to her she gave lots of love too. That is not to diminish her feisty side though. She enjoyed cruising and hanging in T-Town with all her partners. Those close to Kathy know that side of her. A strong woman like her never backs down and fought for so long. She enjoyed working on brain games like crossword puzzles and word searches, spending her money on all kinds of jewelry that made her feel like the beautiful woman she was. Kathy had a personality open to all things. Staying out late and dancing to Old School music, Country, Rock and Roll was one of her favorite activities besides spending time with family. She spent her life being the life of the party, being happy and eventually settling down with the family. Kathy loved spending time with her family members by doing the simplest activities. Her home on the Muckleshoot reservation is a testament to that. With all the pictures of family and friends, she was loved, and she loved. A proud Muckleshoot Tribal Member, her legacy lives on through her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
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