Kathleen Patricia Nottingham
|Posted 2021-10-11 by mhenderson|
|Published by The Arizona Republic from Apr. 18 to Apr. 20, 2021 -|
Phoenix, Arizona -
Kathleen Patricia Nottingham, realtor, pilot, mentor, and volunteer, 74,
died March 17, 2021 in Bullhead City, Arizona. An Arizona native,
Kathleen grew up in Syosset, New York and Thousand Oaks, California, and
was a longtime resident of Phoenix, Arizona. A world traveler and
lifelong learner, Kathleen earned numerous awards as an honor student of
Adolfo Camarillo and Thousand Oaks High Schools, ranging from European
languages, debate, public speaking, and drama, to biology, home
economics, and public service.
She was an avid surfer at a time when, to cite a 1960s Beach Boys hit, a
"surfer girl" was usually seen only "on the shore." During this time,
she published a letter in a national surf magazine calling for coverage
of women surfers and realistic depictions of surfing in movies. She
later worked for Universal Studios and Continental Airlines.
As a young woman, she survived an accident that entailed prolonged
hospitalization and numerous surgeries. But she rejected the stereotypes
and platitudes too often foisted on people who live with physical
challenges and chronic pain. Known for her quick wit and a brisk walk
that few could keep pace with, she resumed her studies at Arizona State
University, became a realtor, taught English, and piloted her Piper
Cherokee all over Arizona, all while raising two children. She
volunteered countless hours to benefit students, trauma patients, the
economically disadvantaged, families, and animals. She also founded a
skateboard club in West Phoenix.
Throughout Kathleen's life, she supported the arts, read voraciously,
and encouraged others to do the same. A fan of the Phoenix Giants, she
aced recapping the play-by-play for latecomers. As the great-niece of
Anna Frohmiller Collins, Arizona's first female state treasurer,
Kathleen inherited a keen interest in politics and current events and
never shied away from debate.
The one thing Kathleen Nottingham rarely did was sleep. May she now rest
in peace while also occasionally shaking things up, as her spirit sees
fit. Kathleen is survived by her daughter Janet Booker, her son Sean
Nottingham, their father Ben Nottingham, her grandsons Scott and Max
Booker, her siblings Michael (Bernice) McGreevy, Joyce McGreevy, John
(Molly) McGreevy, Carolyn McGreevy, Thomas "T.J." (Angie) McGreevy,
Margie (Kevin) McGreevy, and Erin Bevando, her aunt Evie Collins, uncle
Jack (Helga) Collins, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The service will take place at Lake Havasu Memorial Gardens, Monday,
April 26, at 11:00am.
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