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Kathleen Willard
  • December 17, 1953
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  • August 05, 2022

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Kathleen Ann Willard, 68, of North Redington Beach, entered thekingdom of God on August 5, 2022.Kathy was born December 17, 1953 to Mary Jane and Albert Grelle inPittsburg, PA. Kathy graduated from Cocoa Beach High School in 1971.In 1976, she graduated from the University of Florida with aBachelor’s Degree in Business Administration specializing inAccounting. Kathy and her former husband Mark Willard raised their twochildren, Becky and Josh, in Ocala where she was very active in thecommunity. She started the computer program at Happy HeartsKindergarten and she volunteered as the computer teacher atCornerstone School for 9 years. Kathy was also very engaged at FirstPresbyterian Church in Ocala where she served as the librarian andcollection counter for many years. She served the Marion Literacyprogram and many other local charities in Ocala. She lovedparticipating in many mission trips. One of her favorite trips was toMississippi to help with the cleanup following Hurricane Katrina.Kathy was a joyful and passionate woman. She loved being on the waterand she moved to the Madiera Beach/ North Redington Beach area in2013. She loved traveling which she did extensively for many years.She also loved running/walking on the beach, bike riding, reading,working in her yard, and spending time with family, friends andneighbors. She returned to Ocala at least monthly to be with her Buncogroup and other close friends. Her amazing eye for design was evidentin the beautiful homes she created which she loved to share. Herbeautiful smile and contagious energy made her delightful to be with!She will truly be missed! Her positive influence and outgoing natureleaves an outline for which we can carry in her memory.Kathy passed peacefully under the care of Hospice. Her children, Beckyand Josh, provided her the love and support she needed through herbattle with melanoma cancer. Special thanks to her former husband of29 years, Mark Willard for his support and guidance in coordinatingher care.She was blessed with two children, Becky (Ben) and Joshua (Tanya) andone beautiful granddaughter, Emmaline. She is also survived by thefather of her children, Mark Willard of Ocala, her sisters, CindyThistel (Jim) of Colorado,  Linda Ockwell (Gary) of Georgia, niece,Susan Hay (Jason) and nephew, Grant Byrum (Candice).A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 27th at 3:00 PMin the fellowship hall of First Presbyterian Church, 511 SE 3rd St,Ocala, FL 34471.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made toHospice of Marion County, Habitat for Humanity (of your choice), FirstPresbyterian Church of Ocala, or Melanoma Research Foundation.


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  1. Glow says:
    29 Aug 2022
    Kat was a lovely kind soul. I knew her when we both had a place in Madeira beach at the Chambre’. We always had a great time visiting having appetizers and wine together. She will be missed. Rest In Peace my friend.
    Gloria Bertoldi.

  2. Gigi Russo Shehee says:
    22 Aug 2022
    Oh oh, what a delight she was in high school. I always hesitate to click on the link "in memory of" for Cocoa beach high. Today was a sad click. This was truly a delightful person. My memories of her are happy ones. Go with God Kathy.

  3. Veronica Foster Beery says:
    21 Aug 2022
    I’ve known Kathy for a few years. A wonderful person inside and out. We got to know each other. Had lunch together and talked about so many things. When my sister was in Assisted living at the Fountains I would see Kathy walk by on the way to see her mom. She gave off so much peace and serenity. I shared that with her. She would never know how much she helped me. I was shocked to hear of Kathy’s passing. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I’m missing her already. I feel blessed to have known her. Sending Prayers ♥️♥️

  4. Rebecca Barnette says:
    18 Aug 2022
    I met Kathy in high school where we became friends. When my husband and I got married in 1972, I asked Kathy to be a bridesmaid in our wedding. I will never forget how Kathy could make people laugh. I admired her ability to have a witty response for every situation. I can imagine the first words she uttered as she entered in the Kingdom Gates is, "I am here now! Where's my Party? I bet she made sure it was a stellar party! God bless you Kathy! I hope you are enjoying your new body and white robes! I know it looks great on you with your gorgeous blonde curls! This is not goodbye Kathy just a see you later old friend! It won't be long until we are all together again! May Kathy's family be comforted in knowing that she was loved and that she touched the lives of everyone who knew her!

  5. Steve Gates says:
    18 Aug 2022
    Kathy I will miss that twisted warped sense of humor you had. It’s what attracted me to you 50 years ago in High School and recently at our High School reunion. I had forgotten till you opened your mouth and made me laugh . Anyone who knows Kathy knows what I mean. We were the same.
    Rest In Peace girl …

  6. Danna Theriault says:
    18 Aug 2022
    Kathy was such a wonderful and sweet lady. I was blessed to have got to meet her. We ran 3 St. Pete Run Fest races. Always sweet, fun and active. She is definitely missed but know she is in a great pain free place now. Heaven definitely gained an angel.

  7. Laura Bennett posted an image:
    17 Aug 2022
    Both photos taken November 2021 at our Cocoa Beach High School 50th reunion. She always was so full of joy, love and kindness.
    Both photos taken November 2021 at our Cocoa Beach High School 50th reunion. She always was so full of joy, love and kindness.

  8. Scott Hardcastle says:
    17 Aug 2022
    Heaven has a new beautiful soul who was full of life and always smiling. We were so lucky to have Kathy at our 50th class reunion in November. RIP my friend

  9. Connie Thomas says:
    17 Aug 2022
    Kathy was a beautiful human. I first met her when she and Dr. Mark Willard moved to Ocala. I feel blessed to have known her. She always had an infectious smile and sweet spirit…..I know she is at peace in heaven with our Lord…Prayers of comfort for her family

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    17 Aug 2022


  11. Mandy Brooks says:
    17 Aug 2022
    Kathy was a very special lady which was evident from the first time we met. For me, she was the person you hoped to become 10 years down the line. Adventurous, loving life, active, talented, confident, a woman at peace & content with her life. Kathy was an inspiration without even knowing it. God bless you and your family.

  12. Phyllis Plotnick says:
    17 Aug 2022
    Kathy was a comfort to me and many in this journey of life that she embraced with her tender heart, beautiful soul and ever generous spirit. Her smile, outstretched arm, wisdom and humility were and are profound blessings to those whose lives she touched. I am so grateful that our paths crossed!

  13. Arla posted an image:
    17 Aug 2022
    In Gulfport  for lunch
    In Gulfport for lunch

  14. Arla posted an image:
    17 Aug 2022
    Memorial Weekend at VIP with her neighbors
    Memorial Weekend at VIP with her neighbors

  15. Arla posted an image:
    17 Aug 2022
    Thai Food with Kay her neighbor
    Thai Food with Kay her neighbor

  16. Arla posted an image:
    17 Aug 2022
    My beautiful friend and neighbor
    My beautiful friend and neighbor

  17. Arla posted an image:
    17 Aug 2022
    Shopping and lunch with her friends Arla and Kay
    Shopping and lunch with her friends Arla and Kay

  18. Arla posted an image:
    17 Aug 2022
    Celebrating Kathy’s 68 th birthday at Mangos in St. Pete’s  each with neighbors Kay and Arla
    Celebrating Kathy’s 68 th birthday at Mangos in St. Pete’s each with neighbors Kay and Arla

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