Friday, January 6, 2012
Katherine (Kay) Monahan of Seattle, formerly of Milton-Freewater, Oregon, died December 21, 2011 at her home in Seattle.
Kay was born May 23, 1951 to parents J.T. and Mollie Monahan of Milton-Freewater, Or. She graduated from McLaughlin High School in 1969 and continued on to the University of Oregon, graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor's degree in Community Service and Public Affairs. After graduating, Kay traveled with friends in Europe and lived in Cannon Beach, Oregon before settling in Portland where she graduated from the Oregon School of Massage. She held licenses in both Oregon and Washington. Kay practiced in Portland for several years, and eventually moved to Seattle in 1987. She had a private practice in her home, and had been part of the team of Massage Therapists at New Seattle Massage since moving to Seattle. She served on its board and mentored many new therapists. After moving to Seattle, Kay continued a monthly practice in Portland.
Kay was a strong supporter at The Healing Center ( a non- profit grief support community established by her college friend, and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority sister, Kath McCormack). Kay was an Advisory Board member and Visionary Club supporter of The Healing Center for many years.
Kay loved to play in nature. She enjoyed sea-kayaking, hiking, camping, and being at the beach. She was always up for an adventure - be it a trip to Mexico, or taking in a new dance performance, music, or art event. For the past three years, Kay sang with the Beaconettes - a group of women who sang thru-out Seattle. They sang songs of joy and humor to familiar tunes. The Beaconettes won first place (the People's Choice Award) the past three years at Figgy Pudding, a holiday caroling festival downtown Seattle in December.
On March 29th of 2011, Kay was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. She pursued carefully all avenues of care and said "I will go thru this with intelligence, grace, humor and intuition". That she did to the end, supported by her mother Mollie, brother and sister-in-law Tom and Teresa Monahan, longtime friends Kath McCormack, Selma Annala, and Rick Austin, and nephews J.T. Monahan (and Mary), and Blue Andrews (and Sandy). Kay's large circle of friends, including therapists from New Seattle Massage and staff and clients of The Healing Center were also a constant support during these last 10 months. She was under the wonderful care of Group Health Hospice during her last two months. Kay's
family will forever keep all of these folks in their hearts.
Friends were able to follow her last 10 months on www./Caringbridge.org/ visit/kaymonahan
Services will be held in the spring in Milton-Freewater.
Kay was a generous, kind, and caring daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She touched so many lives and will live on in the hearts of all who were blessed to know her.