Dec. 30, 1952 - June 27, 2010
Former resident Katherine "Kathy" Louise (Fausti) Dawes, 57, died peacefully Sunday afternoon June 27, 2010, surrounded by her family at her home in Gresham, Ore., following a battle with cancer.
Katherine was born Dec. 30, 1952, in Walla Walla to Vincent and Opal Fausti. She attended Davis Elementary School in College Place and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1972. In May 1976, she married Dennis Daryl Dawes in Dayton, Wash. The couple resided in College Place and Walla Walla and moved to Gresham in 1988. Kathy worked as a wax artisan with several prominent bronze casting foundries in Washington and Oregon. She enjoyed many interests and hobbies including gardening, canning, restoring antique furniture, camping and fishing. Kathy's favorite activity was beachcombing in Lincoln City, Ore.
Kathy is survived by her husband of 34 years, Dennis; two daughters, Faustina "Tina" Louise McDowell and Jessica Ann Dawes, both of Gresham; a son, Dennis Daryl Dawes, Jr. of Missoula, Mont.; her mother, Opal Lucille (Bates) Fausti of Walla Walla; two sisters, Vincetta Joe "Jodi" Angotti and Carolyn Jean Bray, both of Walla Walla; a brother, Joseph Dudley Fausti of College Place; 8 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Vincent Stephen Fausti of Walla Walla; and four grandparents, Guiseppe and Maria (Zaro) Fausti and Dudley and Maynen (Vargason) Bates, all of Walla Walla.
Per Kathy's request, a service was not held. Memorial contributions may be made to the family at any US Bank branch c/o Katherine Dawes Memorial Fund, to help cover arrangements and medical expenses.
May Kathy's humor, love, and light continue to shine upon her family and friends.