Kathy Davis Amish
August 18, 1968 - March 29, 2016
Kathy was easy to fall in love with. She was so real, so easy to feel comfortable around, with no pretensions about her, and beautiful with an always warm comfortable smile. She was adopted as an infant, and grew up with three other adopted siblings (one Vietnamese and two Filipinos) plus four biological siblings. That she came into our lives still amazes us.
We will never forget the first time we met Kathy. She was well into her training as a nurse in Norfolk, Virginia and David was going through advanced flight training at the Naval Air Station there when they found each other. It was late summer of 1997 and we were at my parents cottage on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario. We met Kathy at the parking apron of the Oswego County Airport as she climbed out of a single engine Cessna airplane our son had rented. David and Kathy were not yet engaged, that would happen in May of 1998, but she was not at all intimidated by the mode of transportation, or the baptism by fire that followed...meeting not only Lynn and myself, but also my somewhat set in their ways 80 + year old parents at the same time. That says a lot about the kind of person she was. Sure of herself, confident, at the same time open and friendly, almost like we'd know each other for years.
Kathy Davis Amish, 47 passed March 29, 2016 after a 6 year battle with Stage III Ovarian Cancer.
|She became our first daughter-in law when she and David married in March of 1999, gave us our first grandchild Abigail born on Mother's Day 2002 in Austin, Texas, followed by a grandson Gavin in 2004 while they were living fifteen minutes from our house in Minnesota. Over the four years they lived a few miles from us in Minnesota we became very much a part of her life. Lynn was especially helpful as someone to call on whenever Kathy needed reassurance about something she was experiencing as a new mom. And having raised only boys, I was head over heals about Abby, a sweet girl whose early attempts at the word grandpa came out Bompa, a name I've carried with me through each of our next five grandchildren.|
Kathy lived fifteen minutes from us until 2006 when David's job with the airlines took them to Texas. But even then we visited regularly, often around birthdays or Thanksgiving or Christmas. This picture of Kathy, David, Abby and Gavin was taken Christmas of 2009.
Kathy's Ovarian Cancer Journey: Her diagnosis with Stage IIIC came shortly after she began to experience lower back pain and what was first diagnosed as a hernia. She went to MD Anderson in the third week of January, was evaluated, and underwent a radical hysterectomy that was followed by chemo. She remained with her Ovarian Cancer team there throughout all her surgical procedures and treatments until there was no longer any hope for recovery. We don't believe she was ever fully in remission although she did have a few month long periods of time over the first three – four years when she did not require regular chemo. She often took advantage of those periods for family trips including one to England and Scotland. Kathy being a nurse was very proactive seeking out second opinions and sought out other options in Boston and at Roswell Park. Unfortunately she did not qualify any clinical research trials.