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December 22, 1997

Local News


  Katherine Sue (Miller) Beaudry
   Katherine Beaudry, age 47, of Woodinville passed away Dec. 14 after a brief battle with cancer. Born and raised in Elk City, Oklahoma, she graduated from Phillips University with a degree in art education. In 1974, she moved to Hawaii where she met and married Steve Beaudry. They both worked at the Association for Retarded Citizens while living on Oahu. The couple then moved to the island of Hawaii where Mrs. Beaudry worked as an educator with blind and visually impaired clients. She was a talented artist and also a member of the Keoua Canoe Club, where she reached the highest level of competitive outrigger canoe racing, paddling in both senior women and long-distance divisions. Paddling an outrigger on the open ocean demanded great strength and brought great joy to her life.
   After 15 years in Hawaii, she and her husband moved back to the mainland, first to California and then to Woodinville where they have raised their daughter, Kina Lee. Mrs. Beaudry was a loyal fan of Kina's Panther and then Spectre 86 soccer teams. Mrs. Beaudry continued her career as an educator and social worker at Fircrest School. She used her artistic talents to develop a senior program which provided meaningful activities for senior clients. Most recently, she was a social worker for the Department of Social and Health Services where she followed her lifelong belief in treating every client with dignity, honesty and compassion.
   In addition to her husband, Steve, and 11-year old daughter, Kina, Mrs. Beaudry is survived by her father, Joe R. Miller and stepmother June of Elk City, OK; her sister, Jane White and husband Steve and nieces Leyna and Michaela of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and many relatives. She was preceded in death by her mother Tola Miller. In devoting her life to serving others, Mrs. Beaudry found strength and peace in her religion. In lieu of flowers, contributions sent in her name will be dedicated to her favorite mission of the Woodinville Community United Methodist Church, 17110 140th Ave. NE, Woodinville, WA 98072.