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Obituary for Kathy R. Thomas Vlaanderen

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Kathy R. Thomas Vlaanderen

January 9, 1938 - November 17, 2012

Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Kathy R. Thomas Vlaanderen, passed away Nov. 17, 2012, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by love with all her children, their spouses and some of her grandchildren by her side.Kathy was born January 9, 1938, in Malad, Idaho, to Benjamin and Margaret Archibald Thomas. On September 11, 1954, she married the love of her life, William Jurrian Vlaanderen, in Ogden, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Together, they raised 8 children … and eventually they became a family of 73. They were married 47 years before Bill died on November 11, 2001.Kathy was a very shy and reserved woman with a heart of gold, a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor. Once you got to know her, you had a loving and loyal friend for life. She loved being with her family and especially enjoyed the annual “Mom and Sisters’ weekends” that were so much fun. She was a gifted seamstress and co-owned her own craft business for many years. She really disliked the cold weather and loved the years she was able to “winter” in Logandale, Nevada. Kathy was the center of our family and we all revolved around her. We will miss her more than words can say.Kathy is survived by six daughters and one son, Wendy (Bill) Chipp, Robin Burr, Lori (Kerry) Preece, Bill (Toby) Vlaanderen, Tona (Kirk) Fielding, Staci Nelson and Traci Vlaanderen, 28 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Joann James, and two brothers, David Robert Thomas and Jim Thomas. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one daughter, Lisa K. Christian, one grandson, Abe M. Vlaanderen, two brothers, Jay Thomas and LaMon Thomas, and her sister, Marilyn Howard.Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street in Ogden, Utah. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday before the service from noon until 1:45 p.m. Interment will be at Aultorest Memorial Park.The family would like to thank Dr. Tyler Christensen, Dr. Regina Klein and Hospice of Utah for their care and kindness during Mom’s final days. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Utah or the American Cancer Society.



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Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2012

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2012

Time: 2:00 pm -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2012

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT,

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Born: January 9, 1938
Died: November 17, 2012

Condolences for Kathy R. Thomas Vlaanderen

Diana Ruple posted on 11/24/12

We are so sorry for your loss! May God keep you and your family close as you all go through such a sad time! Larry And Diana Ruple


Angela CHristensen posted on 11/23/12

One of the Sweetest Hearts i have ever met. I am so sorry for your loss! Kathy was an incredible woman. I will never forget her and will always be glad that she was a part of my life. I Love You All, Angie


Jerry and Sharon posted on 11/23/12

Kathy, you were the light of our brothers life and his salvation after his return from the Korean war. You will be long in our memory and in our heart.


brent & deb fenstermaker posted on 11/23/12

our condolences to your family brent and deb


Dave and Loretta Nielson posted on 11/23/12

Wendy and Bill, We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Dave and Loretta


Patrick & Phyllis Beatie posted on 11/23/12

•Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. ~From a headstone in IrelandLove Pat and Phyllis


Kristi Holley posted on 11/22/12

Wendy,We are so sorry for your loss. Please let us know if we can help you in any way during this sad time. Our prayers are with you and your family. Love, Janene Gandee and Kelly & Kris


Karen Rasmussen posted on 11/22/12

I used to work with Kathy at the House of Fabrics while in the Newgate Mall years ago. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed working with Kathy and learned a lot from her both as a coworker and especially as a person. Kathy worked very hard and had a special spirit and tender heart. I will never forget Kathy and the times we shared but most of all for the type of person she was. God bless and rest in peace.