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 Kathleen Marie <I>Kirby</I> Bishop

Kathleen Marie Kirby Bishop

Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Death 29 Sep 2011 (aged 64)
Burial Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 77729783 · View Source
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Kathleen Marie Bishop, of Washington, D.C. and St. Leonard, MD, passed away at home on September 29, 2011 from brain cancer.

Beloved wife of James K. Bishop; devoted mother of Anne-Marie Wehrly, Elizabeth Peterson, and Rebecca Stumpf; stepmother of Timothy Bishop, Lyn Bishop and Melanie Briggs; grandmother of Elizabeth and Daniel Peterson, Hannah Kathleen Stumpf, Jacob Bishop and Erin Briggs.

Born in Portland, OR on February 14, 1947, Kathleen graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Art was her passion and she was a watercolorist, quilt artist, glass artist, and art teacher. Despite her illness, she qualified as a docent at the National Gallery of Art a few months before her death. After retiring as an art teacher at Blessed Sacrament school, Kathleen volunteered as an instructor and mentor for young girls at risk in the Space of Her Own (SOHO) program sponsored by The Art League Gallery in Alexandria and the Alexandria Court Service.

Kathleen assisted her husband in his assignments as U.S. Ambassador to Niger, Liberia, and Somalia, receiving a certificate of appreciation from the Department of State for her services to the American communities in Monrovia and Mogadishu during the conflicts in Liberia and Somalia.

In addition to family members named previously, Kathleen is survived by her parents, Bill and Ione Kirby; her sister, Patricia Kirby; brothers Michael and Jim Kirby, as well as by many aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws.

Interment followed a Mass of Christian Burial offered at the Shrine of The Most Blessed Sacrament, Washington, D.C. on October 5.

The Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Home, Bethesda, MD, assisted the family with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Space of Her Own, 520 King St., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22314.

(The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., October 2, 2011).





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