Kathryn Ann Hughes Van Winkle was called home and reunited with her husband Patrick on June 6, 2021 at the age of 80. She passed on peacefully at home under hospice care. She was surrounded by her three children.
Kathryn was born Sept. 17, 1940 in Hillsboro Ore., the daughter of Wilbur W. Hughes and Rhea L. Gregg. She grew up in towns near Portland, Ore., and graduated high school in 1958 from David Douglas High School in Portland.
While living in Portland, she met Patrick and they were soon married in Chicago in 1959. Shortly after their wedding, they were transferred to the West Coast and, finally, made their home in Wenatchee, Wash. It was there that they raised their three children, Marilyn, James and Gail.
With Patrick’s retirement in 1987, they returned to the family farm in Walla Walla, Wash. While he farmed, she was the chief financial officer for the Department of Human Services of Walla Walla County. There she made a good friend, Margaret Schacht, and during their friendship they enjoyed traveling many places together.
After 51 years of marriage, Patrick passed away in 2011 and Kathryn moved to Coupeville, Wash., to be near one of her children. Her son-in-law Dan built the house of her dreams. It included a quilting room. Her passion of quilting inspired her to sew many quilts for family and friends. She also was an active member of the Coupeville United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women’s Group.
She is survived by daughter Marilyn and spouse Daniel Miranda, of Coupeville; son James and spouse Leah Van Winkle, of Portland; daughter Gail and spouse Benjamin Kroll, of West Richland; brothers Gregg Weston and Phillip Russell; sister Margaret Russell; eight grandchildren, Ian and spouse Hannah, Nevin and Kelsey Miranda, Julia and Lydia Van Winkle and Kaylee and Taylor Kroll and; great-grandchildren Camden and Arya Miranda. She was preceded in death by husband Patrick, her parents and brother Allen Hughes.
A graveside service will be held 3 p.m. June 12, 2021 at the Weston Cemetery in Oregon.
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