Kathi Ann Campbell, 1965-2019


“Hi Tom, Kathi passed away tonight.” The words hit me hard as I sat in my truck and I felt my heart start to ache and eyes begin to sting.

Kathi had been in the hospital for at least a week before being transferred to ICU. She was on life-support as her liver failed and her brain swelled, leading to a coma.

Kathi seemed to be getting better, waking up, according her youngest son, Sean, but at some point on December 9, she took a turn for the worst and passed away.  Sean and I have been communicating back and forth since I first learned of his mother’s fragile health and after her passing, I figured that the least that I could do is help him with her obituary:

Kathi Ann Campbell was born May 27, 1965 in Chatsworth, California to Dorothy Udell Olson and Lester Vincent Olson.  She entered into eternal rest on December 9, 2019 in Reno, Nevada at the age of 54, following a brief illness.

She graduated from Chatsworth High School in 1983.  Following graduation, Kathi attended Pierce College in Los Angeles, studying photojournalism.

Aside from enjoying photography, Kathi also wrote country-western lyrics with a desire to make it her profession one day.  She loved the outdoors, camping and hiking and had a special place in her heart for dogs.

Kathi is preceded in death by her parents.  She is survived by her sons, Kyle Campbell and Sean Campbell, her brother, Kim Starkel Olson, of Anchorage, Alaska and sister Karri Olson, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation to your favorite charity be made.  Date and time of a memorial celebrating Kathi’s life is to be determined.

I feel so sad — not only for myself — but more over for her boys.

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