Kathleen Frances Murray

Kathleen Frances Murray

Kathleen Frances (“Kate”) Murray passed away suddenly when being treated for breathing difficulties at the hospital ER near her home in Newcastle, WA on October 17, 2018.

She was born in Hays, KS in 1984, and grew up in Topeka, graduating from Topeka West High school in 2002. She then majored in sociology at various colleges and universities and received her Masters degree from Eastern Washington State University in Everett, WA. She then became a social worker for the State of Washington based in the Seattle office.

She had a great sense of humor and leaves many friends around the country in the various places she lived before moving to Newcastle. She also loved animals, especially dogs, cats and horses.

She will be greatly missed by her friends and family which is spread through Kansas and New England, especially her mother, Wynona Murray, father, Francis (“Brien”) Murray, step mother Suzanne Murray and sisters Megan Shoemaker and Julie Nelson as well as her Hawthorne and Murray families.

Memorial services will be held in the spring, locations yet to be determined.

Contributions to local chapters of the lymphoma/leukemia society or the humane society in her memory would be appreciated.

9 Responses to “Kathleen Frances Murray”

  • Brien Murray says:

    She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  • Skye says:

    Kate we love and miss you with all our hearts.

  • Michael Behar says:

    Kate was a sweet, funny and incredibly brave young woman. She dedicated her professional career to the safety of the most vulnerable of children. She leaves behind many who admired and cared for her. She was an example of bravery, dignity and determination in the face of adversity and will be sorely missed.


  • Kent Sloan says:

    Love and Miss you Kate!

  • Gayle O'Donnell says:

    Kate was my desk neighbor at work, and I miss her terribly. She is a huge loss to her coworkers, and the children of the State of Washington. Hoping you’re soring on angel’s wings, Kate. We love you!

  • Bruce Barcklow says:

    Gentle, patient, incredibly hardworking; full of goodwill and professional integrity. We were privileged to have her as a colleague.

  • Tammy Money says:

    Oh Kate, I miss you dearly. You helped me so much personally and professionally. The advice and tips you had for my Mom have been a great assistance to her, and now they serve my sister as well. THANK YOU!

  • Kelly Russell says:

    I feel honored to have met Kate and be trained by her. She was a kind soul who really devoted her life’s work to others and took her responsibilities so very seriously. She was always so very kind and funny in her attitude and it was an inspiration that she met these life challenges with such beauty and grace. She was a teacher in her good attitude and it is a shock to us all that she has departed this earth so young. My condolences to her family and close friends.

  • Sherry R. Jackson says:

    Oh, Kate. I miss you. I miss your great sense of humor and how much we love, “The Fault in our Stars”. To quote, “the universe is not a wish granting factory”, but I wish it were. Thank you for being you and I am so saddened you are gone way too soon and suddenly.

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