Kathleen Marie (Kinley) Hurn, member of Lummi Nation, passed away peacefully on November 28, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Kathleen was born in Bellingham, Washington on November 10, 1944, the only daughter of George “Floyd” and Mildred Mae Kinley. She lived on the Lummi Reservation for eight years as a child.
The family moved to Concrete, Washington, in 1952 where Kathleen graduated from Concrete High School in 1962. She enjoyed playing softball and coached for many years at Concrete High School. Kathleen retired from the Concrete School District as a business manager; and also worked for the Meridian and Ferndale School Districts.
She was united in marriage to Larry “Short” Hurn on February 14, 1963. Short and Kathleen spent many winters in Mexico the past 18 years and made many wonderful friends. Short and Kathleen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Mexico with family and friends in 2013.
During this wonderful life, Kathleen excelled in her roles as wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend. She pulled people to her and passed along her enthusiasm for life. Kathleen was an active member in the Concrete Community, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, and Concrete Lions Booster Club. She enjoyed attending athletic events and supporting the Lions throughout her lifetime.
Kathleen was very competitive and was an avid golfer, hiker, and biker. She earned 1st place in her age group competing in her first half-marathon at age 73. If she put her mind to it she would achieve it! She enjoyed traveling; visiting many places with great friends. Kathleen was a huge fan of University of Washington Husky Football; attending season games at home and away, numerous post season bowl games, and achieved her goal of attending a Husky game in every Pac-12 stadium.
Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Ed and James “Butch” Kinley.
Kathleen is survived by her husband of 56 years, Short Hurn, daughter Shelley Ferguson and her husband James Ferguson, daughter Wendi Hurn, son Darren Hurn, three grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren with one due any day, and special friends Don and Laura Fead.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the University of Washington Medical Center, and Whatcom Hospice House for their care and devotion. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and its staff was devoted to providing the best care to allow Kathleen to live her life to the fullest. Special thanks to Dr. Cohen and Molly Arnold at SCCA and Dr. Jay Brahmbhatt at UW Medical Center for their professionalism, care, and unending devotion to our wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and Gigi.
Memorials in honor of Kathleen are suggested to Concrete Lions Booster Club (PO Box 511, Concrete, Washington 98237) or Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (PO Box 567, Concrete, Washington 98237).
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 8, at 1:00 p.m. in the gymnasium at Concrete High School, 7830 S Superior Ave, Concrete, WA 98237.
- Date & Time: December 8, 2019 (1:00 PM)
- Venue: Concrete High School Gymnasium
- Location: 7830 S Superior Ave, Concrete, WA - (Get Directions)