Kathleen Ann “Kim” Roth
April 13, 1945 ~ August 8, 2014
An extended community of family and friends mourns the death of Kathleen Ann “Kim” Roth, age 69. Kim died August 8, 2014, in her own home and on her own terms, surrounded by loved ones toasting her passing and recognizing the gift that was her life. The great tenderness and care Kim received in her last weeks was reflective of her life’s achievements. With unmatched zest for genuine human connection and her talent for making people feel valued and appreciated, Kim crafted an intrinsically gracious and contributive life.
Kim was born at Fort Wright, Spokane, WA, on April 13, 1945, to Dr. Leslie E. Hildebrand and his Irish bride, Kathleen “Pat” Corrigan. At the time of her birth, “Hildie” was stationed on Guadalcanal. Upon returning from WWII, he moved his family from Spokane to Chelan, WA to begin a medical practice. Kim’s family later moved to Wenatchee, WA, where she was raised with her five siblings, Kim being the oldest. Kim attended Wenatchee High School and graduated from Washington State University in Speech Pathology in 1967. She was a proud member of the Delta Gamma sorority and known for her hilarious skits and dribbling water smiles. She soon married her college sweetheart, Thomas Everett Roth, the summer after graduating in 1967. Their son, Joe, was born in May 1968, bringing them great joy, while Tom coached college football at WSU. Over the years, Kim worked as a speech therapist and travel agent, but nothing changed the trajectory of her life more than shepherding her brother-in-law, Joe, through the final stages of Melanoma Cancer in 1977. She harnessed the experience to spearhead the formation of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Volunteer Program, whose charter aided the transition of cancer patients and their families arriving from all over the world into the Seattle area for treatment. Kim helped families find their way amidst medical and emotional hardship, and she did it with impact and scale, building the volunteer program to over 350 members in her tenure. Kim was diagnosed with Stage 3C Ovarian Cancer on July 6, 2006. She fought the disease with dignity and resolve. Kim utilized her network of relationships built over a lifetime, raising money to fund adoptive T-Cell therapy. In 2013, she was chosen as a Courage For Life Award Recipient by the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research for her accomplishments and a research lab at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center was named in her honor.
Kim is survived by her beloved husband of nearly 47 years, Tom; her son, Joe; and her two grandsons, Grady and Emmett, who now possess lasting memories of Kim because she fought her disease longer than anyone thought she could. Her sisters, Sheila, Jann, Leslie and Shannon, were absolute core to her life.
Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at Blessed Sacrament Church of Seattle, 5050 8th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105.