Vail Daily obituary: Kathryn Heyser, 1933-2014 |

Vail Daily obituary: Kathryn Heyser, 1933-2014

It is with “aloha” in our hearts that we announce the passing of Kathryn H. Heyser. Kathy passed away Tuesday in her home in Eagle after a short battle with cancer.

She is survived by her daughters, Diana Williams, Sheryl Heyser and her “honorary daughter” Helen Thompson; and her two brothers, John Seipel and Ted Seipel. Kathy has four grandsons and a granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren. Kathy is preceded in death by a third brother, Robert Seipel.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Kathy moved at an early age, with her mother and brother, to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where her love of the ocean was cultivated. After two years of college, she moved to Southern California, where she worked as a secretary at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and obtained top secret security clearance. Kathy soon met and married Richard C. Heyser, who was an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Kathy lived for a time in Hawaii and Florida but was proud to call Eagle her home for the later years in her life.

Dancing and teaching the hula throughout her life, Kathy was a leader and volunteer for charitable organizations, and an enthusiastic supporter of the seniors in the community. Kathy started her organization, “10,000 Greetings,” which mailed thousands of handwritten holiday cards to active duty military service personnel worldwide.

She left this world in the same manner in which she lived — in happy spirits, good humor and full of grace and dignity. Until the very end, she was laughing, singing show tunes, listening to hymns and hula music, and dancing, as she does so now, with the angels.

Her family is so very grateful for the love and support Kathy’s many friends provided throughout this difficult process.

Kathy will be missed by all those fortunate enough to have known her.


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