Katherine Patricia Mary MacKay (Nolan)


March 30, 1952  –  September 13, 2023


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Katherine Patricia Mary MacKay

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Katherine Patricia Mary MacKay (Nolan) who left us on September 13, 2023, at the age of 71.

Born in Logstown, Kilcullen, County Kildare, Ireland on March 30, 1952, Kate was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, and friend. Her free spirit led her from Ireland to Belgium, New York, Texas, New Jersey, Connecticut, and finally to the Pacific Northwest. She cared deeply about people she met and easily made lifelong friends everywhere she went.

Kate ultimately settled in Woodinville, Washington. There, she was introduced to her future husband, Craig MacKay. As a single father of two young children, Craig needed support — and like an angel, Kate jumped in to support Craig, care for the household, and help raise Katie and Andy. Slowly their relationship blossomed, and, in the end, they built a family together and cherished a 24-year marriage.

Kate’s favorite pastime was conversation. She relished a good chat. This gift of eloquence, reinforced by kissing the Blarney Stone, often created lasting friendships. A tour de force, Kate may well be best remembered as generous. She had the uncanny ability to recognize someone in need and the determination to help them. This was a common thread throughout her life. Whether it was a friend, family, or someone she had never met, Kate’s drive to help was second nature.

And above all, Kate cherished family. She leaves behind her loving husband Craig, children Katie and Andy, brothers Liam and Fred, sister Margaret and a wide circle of relatives and friends who will hold her memory close to their hearts.

Per her request, there will not be a service in the Northwest. There will be a celebration of life in Ireland next year. Donations may be made in her name to any organization that supports the care and well-being of animals.

12 Responses to “Katherine Patricia Mary MacKay (Nolan)”

  • Bill Quinn says:

    Kate may you rest in peace. Both Lynne and I enjoyed the time we had together with you and Craig. Rest assured we will be looking out for Craig while you are looking after us in heaven. We will always love you and miss you greatly.

  • Kris carr says:

    And all of us in Fairfield Vistoso, Oro Valley…we are all saddened for your loss, Craig, and the passing of our beloved Kate. We have been following her journey during this time, and are planning our celebration of her life here too. Stay strong Craig, Katie and Andy… and Hobo.

  • Dave Nolan says:

    A very kind woman and a beautiful Godmother to me…. May she rest in peace… GOD bless u all
    All my love… And thinkin of u Craig and family…. Love Dave xxxx

  • Gabriel says:

    In The Name Of God The Most Gracious Most Merciful.
    Dear Kate sorry that I and Anton did not see you before you returned to God Almighty, I can remember the first time that I saw your face and the first conversation that you and I had.
    Please God Almighty may it be your will tha Kate is among the people of the right hand and those for most in faith 🙏🏾 Amen.
    Thank you Craig for teaching me how to be a good man to my wife, you are a great example.
    Sincerely your’s
    Gabriel Foster.

  • Carol Ann Oragano says:

    Kate a free spirited, straight talking, funny and very kind Aunt. Will miss her big personality ! Thinking of you Craig, Andy and Katie

  • Lisa Kelly says:

    The most amazing aunt a niece could wish for. I will cherish our special relationship forever. You made such a big impact on my life and I hope I can follow in your adventurous and generous natured footsteps. A million thank yous to Craig, Katie and Andy who loved and cared for Kate so beautifully.

  • Jina P MacKay says:

    My strong, generous, outspoken sister in law, Kate, will be missed by so many.
    Being welcomed into the MacKay Clan through marriage has meant love, laughter, ups and downs, disagreements at times, but acceptance always.
    My prayers are with Craig, Andy, Katie and Hobo daily. May the comforting hand of our Heavenly Father be with you as you adjust to this loss, to this new normal, and bless you with a lifetime of fond memories and lessons learned.
    I am so thankful to have visited with Kate, held her hand and talked with her about her experiences with her illness. Never will I forget how she squeezed my hand and looked me in the eye with a kind understanding as I said goodbye to her the day of that last visit.
    Happy trails, Kate. Thanks for the good times.

  • Jennifer Nolan says:

    Our Kate, our Auntie Pat, ‘One of a Kind’
    The most caring, kind, loving Aunt to all of her nieces and nephews, always checking in and making sure we were all doing okay.
    Our bond blossomed in my adult years and I will cherish our time together forever.
    You will be in my heart always.
    Very muched missed.
    Thinking of you Craig, Katie and Andy xxx
    Love Jen

  • Fred Nolan says:

    A wonderful sister to me and a wonderful Aunt and friend to my family. I have fond childhood memories of us growing up in Kilcullen that I will forever cherish.
    Very much missed by Mary and me.
    Rest in peace my dear Kate.
    Thinking of you Craig, Katie and Andy xx

  • Richard and Fiona Jones says:

    Both Fiona and myself will miss you greatly. When we first met in the UK we showed you the areas where your family lived, with my mother,your auntie Eileen, then you invited us to stay in Woodinville when you took us around to all the sights. You and Craig looked after us so well on our first trip to the USA. We had a wonderful time in Ireland with you and the family and we will always remember eating the pizza by the lake in the cold. Lots of happy memories of you. Thinking of you Craig, Katie and Andy. God bless you all.

  • Renny Doyle says:


    Life without that smile and warm personality will be missed by many. You
    changed the lives of all you came in contact with.

    Renny & Diane

  • Helen Langdale (née Jones) says:

    Dear Kate, we met when you came to England with mum and Liam. We were roughly the same age and got on so well. You and criag sent Christmas cards every year and I also sent photos of my family. I missed you when you both came to England last time and saw my mum(Eileen)and family. You will deeply missed Kate by all those who had the pleasure of knowing you,thinking of you all Helen xx

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