Katha Darach Sheehan

Katha Darach Sheehan

Birth
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Death
24 Oct 2017 (aged 71)
Homestead, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Burial
Cremated
Memorial ID
201227028 View Source

Katha D. Sheehan, a writer and farmer affectionately known as Key West’s Chicken Lady for her fervent protection and rehabilitation of her favorite fowl and the store she once ran on Duval Street, died Oct. 24, 2017.
A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Katha found a home in Key West, where she lived for 33 years. Recently, she had divided her time between her Homestead farm, established as a sanctuary for Key West chickens who would otherwise be killed, and Key West, where she regularly played on a bocce team.
Wherever she went, there seemed to always be a hen, rooster, or another animal in tow. She was impassioned about politics as a proud Libertarian, but her defense of chickens in Key West gave her some national attention in the 2000's.
In 2002, a story about the city grappling with chicken complaints and the suggestion of a mass relocation of them described Sheehan as “a kind-faced woman who cuddles even the fiercest gamecocks in her arms.”
“I fell in love with the chickens,” Sheehan said.
A traveler, former city beat reporter in Key West and farmer of avocados and other crops, Sheehan’s home on Riviera Drive in Key West reflected her love of all wildlife. After Hurricane Wilma struck in 2005, she turned her canalfront swimming pool into an aquarium, complete with an octopus she said arrived with the flood waters.
She was interviewed at her Chicken Store by CBS, NBC, Fox, Comedy Central's Insomniac, the New York Times, the Sunday Telegraph, USA Today, and others.

Katha D. Sheehan, a writer and farmer affectionately known as Key West’s Chicken Lady for her fervent protection and rehabilitation of her favorite fowl and the store she once ran on Duval Street, died Oct. 24, 2017.
A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Katha found a home in Key West, where she lived for 33 years. Recently, she had divided her time between her Homestead farm, established as a sanctuary for Key West chickens who would otherwise be killed, and Key West, where she regularly played on a bocce team.
Wherever she went, there seemed to always be a hen, rooster, or another animal in tow. She was impassioned about politics as a proud Libertarian, but her defense of chickens in Key West gave her some national attention in the 2000's.
In 2002, a story about the city grappling with chicken complaints and the suggestion of a mass relocation of them described Sheehan as “a kind-faced woman who cuddles even the fiercest gamecocks in her arms.”
“I fell in love with the chickens,” Sheehan said.
A traveler, former city beat reporter in Key West and farmer of avocados and other crops, Sheehan’s home on Riviera Drive in Key West reflected her love of all wildlife. After Hurricane Wilma struck in 2005, she turned her canalfront swimming pool into an aquarium, complete with an octopus she said arrived with the flood waters.
She was interviewed at her Chicken Store by CBS, NBC, Fox, Comedy Central's Insomniac, the New York Times, the Sunday Telegraph, USA Today, and others.

Gravesite Details

Private memorial cemetery.



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