Kathryn Hamilton was born February 6, 1948 in Colfax to Don E. and Mary Elizabeth McCabe Hamilton. The family lived in Pullman and moved to Spokane after her brother, Don, Jr. was born. Her brothers Doug and Charlie were born in Spokane.
Following her mother’s death in 1954, the Hamilton children moved to Moscow. Kathy became a resident boarder at the Ursuline Academy in Moscow, and the boys lived with the Brenner family. All four children attended St. Rose’s kindergarten with Kathy and Don starting elementary school at the Ursuline Academy before moving into the newly constructed school. She lived and attended school there through the 8th grade. In 1962 the family moved to the Kitsap Peninsula and she graduated from North Kitsap High School in 1966.
After graduation Kathy lived and worked in Seattle area, first at Sears and later for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company before returning to the Palouse in 1971 to stay. She worked at White Drug Store and Downen Insurance Agency.
She and Michael P. DeVoe were married in Genesee on September 24, 1977. Together they had children, Robert and Samantha. During their children’s growing up years, Kathy became a Brownie Leader, became a “card carrying” member of the Boy Scouts of America (Awards Committee) served as President of the Moscow Bear Boosters, was on the Moscow Baseball Association Board, served on St. Mary’s School Board and St. Mary’s Parish Council.
In 1983 Kathy began working at the College of Agriculture at the University of Idaho as an administrative assistant. She was proud of her 30 plus years working at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Anyone who knew her knew that she firmly believed that was the best college on campus largely due to the caliber of the people who work there, past and present. While at UI, Kathy served on the Staff Affairs Committee and the CALS Safety Committee.
Kathy was a devoted communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moscow, a member of the Catholic Women’s League and after retirement became a “Kitchen Chick”, working on the funeral dinners. Kathy was a “glass half full” person who loved to sing and laugh. She celebrated the company of her extended family- nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Mike at their Moscow home, son Rob DeVoe and daughter, Samantha “Sam” and Spencer Stott. She also leaves her beloved grandchildren, George Orin, Lyall Vincent and Hazel Lilly Stott. Kathy is also survived by brothers, Don (Theresa) Hamilton of Poulsbo and Charlie Hamilton of Portland. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Doug in 2003.
The rosary will be recited at 10:00 AM Friday, March 3rd at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, followed by the Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM. A luncheon and time of fellowship will follow at St. Mary’s Family Center.
She will be laid to rest on the family property on Kamiak Butte in Whitman County.
Viewing will be at Short’s Funeral Chapel on Thursday from noon until 8:00 PM
Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s School Foundation or to Good Samaritan Moscow Village.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at Good Samaritan for their exceptional care and love for Kathy, and making her final days more comfortable.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.