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Obituary: Kathleen Wadsworth

Published on November 8, 2017 9:52AM



Kathleen (Kathy) Ellen Wadsworth

March 29, 1949 –– Oct. 29, 2017

Kathleen (Kathy) Ellen Wadsworth was born on March 29, 1949, to Wilfred J. and RoseMary Hartman in St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho. Her sister, Kristin, was born 3 years later and their father, Wilfred, died that same year. RoseMary remarried in May 1954 to Richard N. Van Sickle.

The family moved to Trenton, N.J., and later to La Grande where brother Mark was added to the family in 1955. Four years later, the family moved to Portland where youngest sister, Karin was born in 1959. The family relocated one more time to Renton, Wash., in 1960 where Richard had a job with Boeing.

Kathy attended school in Renton graduating from Renton High School in 1967. She attended several years of college at Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash.

In August 1973, she married Robert A. Wadsworth and together they raised three children, Joshua Lee born in 1980, Jessica Lynn born in 1981 and Joseph Charles born in 1984. They lived in Federal Way and Puyallup, Wash., attending Faith Covenant Church in Renton.

Kathy was a child care provider for most of her children’s childhood caring for friends’ children and her nieces. Now adults, the nephews, nieces and her own children still share fond and often hilarious memories of their growing up years in Kathy’s care.

When the family moved to Enterprise in 1995, Kathy held several jobs, many of them directly associated with the child care provider system in Wallowa County. She became a liaison and true advocate for providers as well as parents of children needing care.

She worked for the library system and was a member of the Wallowa County Commission on Children and Families. She was “passionate about supporting kids with love and justice.”

She became church secretary for Enterprise Christian Church where she was involved in Moms in Touch, leading Sunday School and Women’s Ministries and volunteering to help at many events.

She was admitted to St. Luke’s hospital in Boise in January 2017 with congestive heart failure and spent the remainder of the year in a long difficult fight for healing from multiple health issues. Kathy never wavered in her faith or lost the hope and joy that were so evident in her character, even during the long days of pain.

She will be missed on this earth by many. Kathy never desired the limelight –– she was simply an ordinary person living a faithful life.

A celebration of life will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Enterprise Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorial gifts be sent to Enterprise Christian Church.


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