Kathleen passed away at age 96 of age-related causes. She was in the care of Hospice and surrounded with family members at her home in Canby.
Her parents were Mollie and Calvert Hoffmiller. Kay was the 4th out of 5 siblings to follow her older half-sister Evelyn Tauscher and half-brothers Robert and Bud Tauscher. Kay was delighted to be a big sister to a younger brother, Laurence Hoffmiller. They were a very mischievous pair through the years. She always chuckled in telling the story about Granny Keating calling them "hooligans" when she watched over them.
She outlived them all!
There are many friends, nieces, and nephews who will always remember her for her quick wit, determination, and curiosity for adventure.
She grew up in the NE Portland area, attending Holy Child Academy. Choir was one of her favorite subjects.
She worked 40+ years in the Banking Industry, starting as a messenger in the Main Branch of First National Bank, then progressing into assisting and overseeing commercial accounts, and eventually retiring from the Standard Plaza Branch in 1987.
Kay lived many years in the Sherwood area and enjoyed gardening along with harvesting a yearly crop from her Hazelnut Orchard. It pleasured her to share the homegrown produce with her fellow employees. There were many happy gatherings with family and friends at the farm.
Kay was always ready for adventure. At 25 She joined a Women's Flying Club (The Ninety Nines) and earned her pilot's license from the Troutdale Airport, where her brother Bud gave flying lessons.
As a life-long animal lover, there was always an abundance of cats and dogs around her home. Some of her favorites were Squeaker, Boris, Bozo, and Charlie.
In the mid-90s, Kay relocated to Tillamook to join several friends from Portland, all choosing to reside on the coast. This large group of migrating friends became her dear and extended family.
One of Kay's favorite destinations was Ocean Park and the special friends and relatives in Washington. Crazy good times with lots of laughter, campfires on the beach, and great conversations. Kay was grateful and appreciated the fond memories, especially when it was clam-digging time, along with the delicious cookouts!!!!! .
At her request there was no Funeral. She is buried by her dear friends Leslie and Lou at Riverview Cemetery in Portland.