Mrs. Kathleen Edmonds, 83, of Atlantic Beach, Florida, died peacefully on November 28, 2021.
Kathleen was the mother of Peter and his wife Susan of Fayetteville, NC; Stephen and his wife Heidi of Setauket, NY; Geoffrey of Charleston, SC; Douglas and his wife Jennifer of Upper Saddle River, NJ; and Elizabeth of Charleston, SC. She was the sister of Maureen Butler, Ned Doyle, Mary Krasinski, and Denise Crans. She was the proud Nana of Geoffrey, Cassie, Kevin, Daniel, John, Lindsay, Lexi, and Peter.
She was predeceased by her husband of sixty years, Dr. Peter Edmonds, her sister Eileen McCarthy, and by grandson Kevin.
Born in Providence, RI, on March 27, 1938, Kathleen was the oldest child of the late Edward Joseph Doyle and Eileen Burke Doyle. She grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts and spent summers in the Perryville neighborhood of Fairhaven.
She was a 1956 graduate of Wellesley High School and a 1960 graduate of Regis College. She taught college business classes and worked as a substitute teacher throughout her life, but her proudest role was that of army wife and mother. She hosted countless events and raised five children on numerous army posts around the country and the world.
Kathleen was a devout Catholic who spent many years as an active member of Theresians International, a Catholic women's group named for St. Therese of Lisieux. Serving on the world board for three years, Kathleen and her husband Peter traveled as missionaries in Ghana, India, France, New Zealand, and Mexico.
Like St. Therese, Kathleen encouraged everyone she met to live their ordinary lives in extraordinary ways.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 17th at St. John’s Catholic Church, 2400 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach, Florida
Interment will follow at 12:30p.m. at Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, Florida
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Association.