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Kathryn Baayen

June 14, 1948 ~ September 4, 2021 (age 73)

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Kathy was born in Des Moines to Dutch and Marj Baayen.  Along with her brother, Dennis, and sister, Sheryl, she lived a very idealistic childhood in the small community of Berwick, Iowa.  A place where you didn't have to lock your doors and everyone looked over the little ones who played in this four-block town.  When her family moved to Des Moines, she continued to stay close with her siblings; as there wasn't much room in their living quarters behind the Baayen's Grocery store.  They all three shared mutual friends in the closeness of the community.

After Kathy's completion of her Dental Assistant program in Milwaukee, WI, she moved to Colorado.   She loved the mountains and there she found a love for nature which she carried with her until her death.  

Kathy was a natural lady.  She was not much for getting haircuts (always wearing her hair up), and wore no makeup.  Kathy's interest were Indian culture, flower gardening, bird feeding, reading and most of all kitties.  She outlived many of her kitties and the death of each hurt her terribly.  She was a person who would speak her mind and could not stand dishonesty and rebuked "fake" people.

Kathy moved back to Des Moines continuing her career as a Dental Assistant.  She loved her patients and working with them gave her lots of joy as indicated by her forty year career.  In Des Moines she worked for Dr. Miller, Dr. Pral and Dr. Gradoville.

When Kathy moved to the eastside of Des Moines, near the fairgrounds, she realized Barb, a longtime friend of the family, lived within walking distance.  Kathy developed a special relationship with Barb's daughters, Holly and Heather; and loved them very much.  After her parents passed away, Barb's family included Kathy in their family holidays and celebrations. 

The Family (Dennis and Sheryl) would like to personally thank Barb and her family for being so generous with their inclusion of Kathy into their family.  We personally want to thank them for all the favors they have done for us while we continue to work on her estate.

Even though Kathy was taken to the hospital where she officially passed from this life; her family truly believes that her soul died at home just the way she wanted it.... with a kitty on her lap!!!

[The family purposely did not add a face photo to Kathy's webpage, as she would want everyone to remember her in their own special way; however they are including a picture of an embroidered Indian prayer that she made and gave to Sheryl and they know she tried to live her life by those words.


There are no services planned.  Kathryn's wishes were to have her cremated remains scattered in the western sandhills of Nebraska

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