Kathryn Adele Grissom

Kathryn Adele Grissom


1944 – 2013


30 (7)Kay passed Monday September 23, 2013 from lung cancer, she was 68 years old.  Kay lived in Renton, was born in Burien and lived most of her life in the Seattle area.

Kay was born on December 31rst, 1944 to Albert and Esther Larson. She was a feisty, sharp woman that was beloved by her family and friends.  A generous woman, she spent 10 years caring for her mother until her mother died, and a lifetime caring for her family.  Kay was a long-time volunteer at the King County Library and active member of Friends of the Fairwood Library. She spent countless hours volunteering at her granddaughters schools over the years and was always active with the PTA when her daughters were in school.

She coached softball games and led campfire groups, taxied kids to and from everywhere, fed half the neighborhood and never missed a school performance. She did all of this while holding a full-time job for decades at N.C. Machinery and then at First Interstate Bank.

Kay enjoyed family. She also enjoyed fishing, camping, crabbing and any time spent at 40 (15)the beach. She was a big Mariners fan, was active with her political party and enjoyed reading Sci-fi and fantasy books.  She collected teapots and dragons and had a successful E-bay business selling the books and other collectables that she had no room to store. She enjoyed spending time with her many friends and having long lunches with her lifelong friend Judy. She was known to sing in public. Loud.

She is survived by her husband Steve, daughters Nicole and Danielle, Grandchildren Riley and Jaxen and sister Kris.

60 (2)Kay will be cremated and her ashes scattered over Beaver Lake this spring so she can be with her mother.

The memorial is at our home this Tuesday evening October 1, 2013, 5:00 to 8:00 PM.  Please drop in if you can for refreshments, memories and a hug.  11205 SE 160th St, (if you have not been to our home it is west of 116th Ave SE a gravel road across from Cascade Elementary.  Call if you need directions. 425-228-3670.  If you would like to honor her memory, please consider donating or volunteering at your local library or school, nothing would please Kay more.

12 Responses to “Kathryn Adele Grissom”

  • Lisa Richter says:

    To the family of my Cousin Kay, my heart goes out to you all. She will be missed.

  • Rodney Ray says:

    Kay was a wonderful mother, grandmother, wife and great friend, our family will miss her dearly, With great love to her family and friends.

  • Krystal Holmes says:

    Kay, you were a fantastic mother to Nikki and Danielle. I grew up with your girls along with Becky and we were such great friends. Your talents as a mother shown brightly through your daughters as they were such kind good natured caring kids. You were beaming with pride at your daughter Nikki’s wedding and had the most beautiful smile that day. I’m great full to know that for all of your life you gave all of your best to everyone who was in it. I still tell stories about our campfire memories and the memories you made with your family will be cherished for a lifetime.

  • Ellen Mayher says:

    I am so very, very sorry for the loss of your beloved Kay. She was such a great, loving, caring person. I so enjoyed getting to know her over the years at Fairwood Library. We had many great conversations about politics, sports, families and so on.

  • Kina Westlund says:

    I was so sad when i heard she passed away. I am so glad that i had the pleasure to meet her when she visited us in Sweden. She will be missed. May she rest in peace.

    Kina Westlund

  • Stephanie Dalbeck says:

    My cousin Kay and I had made contact just this last year. It’s sad that we didn’t get the chance to meet. I loved hearing that she was involved with the Friends of the Fairwood Library, as I am involved with the Friends of the Phelan Library. We did swap fund raising ideas. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I know she was loved.

  • Rosalie Olds says:

    I will really miss seeing Kay in the library. She worked hard and was always so encouraging to me about my work and my music. I know we couldn’t have offered as many programs at the library without her work. Blessings and thoughts to her family.

  • Meg Ghent says:

    It was special to get to know Kay and her passion for the Friends of Fairwood Library. She will be missed, but her memory will carry on at the Library. Thoughts and prayers to her family.

  • Kristy Kenney says:

    I am very saddened to hear of my Aunts death. I enjoyed my time with Aunt Kay whenever I was able to see her. My thoughts go out to my Uncle and cousins at this very difficult time. I love you all…


  • Kim Wittek says:

    Kay was like a second Mother to me. Nikkie and I have known each other since elementary school. Every time I was over at her house she treated me like her daughter. She will be missed by all. I love you. My thoughts are with your family and all of your friends.

  • Judy Gower says:

    I didn’t know this page existed but should have. I’m that Judy Steve mentioned, and miss Kay so much. I had a Kay moment at the grocery store just yesterday. Burst into tears for a few…Kay was everyone’s special angel, full of common sense, practicality, and the ability to turn looney at will. We shared the love of dragons and sci-fi and were like sisters. I felt as if her kids and grandkids were sort of mine too. I think of them and Steve and sorrow for them too. We miss you Kay – it was a grand old time, eh?

  • Bev Fisher says:

    My mother; Steve`s mom;Bette Smith spent as much time as she could in Washington with Steve and Kay and the girls.The main reason she found it so great was because Kay made her feel so at home.
    They went to the coast often and Mom loved collecting driftwood with them.
    Steve and Kay took Mom on a cruise to Alaska and Mom came home even more in love with her daughter-in-law. Nikki said to me shortly after Kay passed that they were now in Heaven hugging and wearing their red hats.That made me laugh but also feel sad that I did not get to spend more time with her.
    RIP Kay and know that your girls will all be good mother`s because of your influence.Love; Bev

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