Obituary for Kathryn Cogswell – (1943-2021) – Tucson, AZ

COGSWELL, Kathryn “Kathy” Louise Hammond

passed away peacefully in Port Townsend, Washington on Wednesday February 10, 2021. Kathy’s journey began in Tucson, Arizona, born May 28, 1943 to Kathryn Louise and William Ira Hammond. She graduated from Tucson High and then attended the University of Arizona, where she studied English and promised Kappa Alpha Theta. During those years, Kathy modeled and received many awards, including serving on Queen’s Court in the 1963 El Paso Texas Sun Bowl. That year she began dating and soon married Jim Cogswell. She left Tucson in Denver, Colorado, where daughters Carrie and Kathleen “Kat” were born.

In 1973 the Cogswells, three pets and a U-Haul full of plants landed in The Dalles, Oregon for Jim’s radiology practice. Kathy filled her decades in the Columbia River Gorge with deep friendships, family, and style. Kathy saw beauty not only in beautiful works of art, but also in patterns made from leaves, pine cones, and stacked firewood. She and Jim designed and built Quail Acre at 1420 E. 16th St. and then moved to Larkspar Mountain in Rowena after graduating from high school.

Kathy impressed everything she met with her intellect, wit and beauty – her uncanny ability to see and seek good in the world. Your grandchildren will remember “Mamama” reading them their favorites (such as “The Snowy Day”), setting turkey table settings for Thanksgiving, polishing nails, learning games, and solving puzzle challenges faster than they could invent.

Kathy ended her trip with a view of Port Townsend Harbor and her beloved Puget Sound. She will be in the hearts of those who love her. She is survived by a brother; Daughters, Carrie and Kat; and four grandchildren. No service is planned. Donations can be made to friends of the Columbia Gorge. Please send reminders and condolences to 5620 SW Alfred Ct., Portland, OR, 97219.

Published by Arizona Daily Star on February 21, 2021.

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