Kathy Townsend was a funny, generous and humble woman who always helped others and asked for nothing in return, said Mark Townsend, her husband of 23 years.
“She jumped head-first into things, and dragged the rest of us along with her,” he said. “She was amazing.”
Kathleen “Kathy” Townsend, 51, of Crown Point, died April 20. She had been a senior executive assistant at corporate headquarters at Cars Collision Centers, Schererville.
She battled cancer for a year, but was at peace with her terminal illness and felt blessed to have the chance to be able to say goodbye to the ones she loved. The last weeks of her life, the house was full of people who came to visit, her husband said.
“She fought cancer for a year, and it didn’t stop her. In the end, she was the one comforting us,” he said. “She was amazing all the way to the end. She showed us how to go out with grace and dignity.”
The Kathy Townsend Foundation has been established through the Crown Point Community Foundation to provide scholarships for those with financial needs who want to further their educations, her husband said.
She was constantly helping others. She would buy groceries for families in need, or call St. Jude House and ask for the sizes of the children there so she could buy them Christmas gifts.
One year, she won hundreds of dollars at a casino, but promptly gave it to a stranger she met at Meijer so that woman could buy groceries and Christmas gifts for her family.
“She truly would give you the shirt off her back,” her husband said. “She always gave; it didn’t matter who it was.”
She was artistic and loved to help family and friends with their projects.
Her husband said she had a great sense of humor and loved to play practical jokes on people at work, but would never let on she was behind them.
“She was funny, humble and charitable,” he said. “She affected everyone she met.”