Kathleen White

Obituary of Kathleen Anne White

Kathleen Anne White, passed away on April 20th, 2023, at the age of 78, in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born on July 20th, 1944, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Catherine (Moran) and John Joseph Williams. Kathleen was predeceased in death by her husband, Charles Thomas White Sr., her mother, Catherine (Moran) Williams, and her father, John Joseph (Jack) Williams.

Kathleen graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse from Mercedian School of Nursing in Scranton PA in May 1965.  She married the love of her life Charles Thomas White on August 19, 1967, in Youngstown Ohio where started her nursing career and her family.  She worked at various hospitals during her 30-year career, but her time at Good Samaritan was her favorite. She loved being a nurse, she took pride in serving her patients and their families in a time of need, but she was ready to retire to spend time with her grandchildren and our father. 

Kathleen was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is survived by her five children, Katie Vache (Rip), Christine Galvin-White (Lindsey), Lisa Espinoza (Manny), Charles White Jr. (Amy), and Colleen White (Craig). She was also survived by her brother, John Williams (Karen), of Keene, NH, her niece Emily, and nephew Jack, lots of cousins and friends.

 Kathleen had 11 grandchildren, Andrew Vache, Tyler Vache, Ciarra Garcia-Griggs (Michelle), Zachary Griggs, Irelynn Galvin-White, Sebastian Espinoza, Seth Espinoza, Alexander Gutscher (Allie), Charleigh Ann White, Ryan White, Cooper White, and three great-grandchildren, Jaylynn Gutscher, Amelia Gutscher, and Elias Gutscher.

Kathleen lived a fulfilling life, and her family and friends will remember her for her incredible strength, sense of humor and her love for her Irish roots. We always told her she had the gift of the gab!   She was stubborn, tenacious and resilient, but she always knew how to have fun. Kathleen loved to dance and sing, even though she couldn't carry a tune in a wheelbarrow.  She enjoyed crocheting, reading, shopping, and spending time with her family. Kathy never met a stranger; everyone was always drawn to her smile and laughter.   She covered us all with her love through her kindness, hard work, dedication, and her numerous crocheted blankets. 

Kathleen was our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and while she was not perfect, we loved her and will miss her, Until we see you again Mom.

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Funeral Service

12:00 pm
Friday, May 12, 2023
Orangewood Christian Church
3710 W Orangewood
Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Graveside Service

1:00 pm
Friday, May 12, 2023
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
9925 W Thomas Rd
Avondale, Arizona, United States
Reception will follow the interment. Family will provide details
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