LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kathleen Edwards FitzMaurice, 79, passed away Feb. 10, 2013 at the Hospice Care Center at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. A native of West Virginia, she was born to Thomas A. Edwards and Henrietta Brannon Edwards on Dec. 24, 1933 in Weston. She spent most of her early years in Charleston before graduating from De Sales Heights Visitation Academy in Parkersburg in 1953.
She came to Kentucky in 1956, and later served as a medical transcriptionist at hospitals and offices in Bowling Green, Henderson, and Lexington during a 32-year span. She was among the first transcriptionists at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in 1962. She also served as secretary for five years at the Episcopal Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Lexington.
A Roman Catholic, she valued the writings of Thomas Merton and was a longtime parishioner at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Lexington.
She is survived by a son, Kevin FitzMaurice of Lexington; two brothers, Walter A. Edwards, husband of Karen Edwards of Greensboro, NC, and John C. Edwards of Dunbar, WV; two nieces, Dawn, wife of Andreas Lixl of Greensboro, NC, and Tiffany, wife of Chris Cotton of Greensboro; plus several cousins and close friends.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Alice V. Edwards, Henrietta B. Edwards, and Mary W. Edwards; one brother, Thomas A. Edwards, Jr.; one niece, Pamela L. Edwards; and beloved friends, Sister Maria Consolata, V.H.M., an instructor at De Sales Heights; the Rev. John Harvey, O.S.F.S.; and the Rev. Robert Horine, onetime rector at the Episcopal Church of St. Michael the Archangel. Her high school yearbook profile noted Kathleen’s “sense of devotion, thoughtfulness, and grand sense of humor,” attributes that served her well, especially in her role as mother.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Fri., 10 AM, at Cathedral of Christ the King officiated by Rev. Gino Donatelli, S.J. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation, Fri. at the church will begin at 9 AM. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN or the Lexington Humane Society.
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