CHICAGO, ILL. — COULT – Kathleen White. Kathleen’s beautiful spirit passed quietly Friday morning, Dec. 28, 2012. Her mighty heart succumbed to a massive infection of unknown origin that she had been fighting for weeks. Her poor body had been ravaged by lupus for so many years that its merciless attacks on major organs finally prevailed. Kathleen had 46 wonderful years of marriage to her husband, John, whom she met in Washington, D.C. It was so obvious that Kathleen and John were passionately in love to the end. A devoted mother to her son, John Jr., she treasured the too-few hours spent with him, his son, Hunter (3), stepson, Zachary (9), and wife, Angela. Possessed of many extraordinary skills and high achievements, Kathleen was a later-in-life student, completing two straight-A years at the College of Dupage (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), where she loved her role among the much younger students as mentor on studies and romance. She closed her illustrious scholastic career with top-student honors in the English department of DePaul University in Chicago. During her younger years, she taught herself sewing to a skill level that she was able to design and make from a catalog picture for her “baby sister,” Christine, an incredibly beautiful wedding gown. An avid gardener, Kathleen completed the prestigious University of Illinois master gardening course, using the knowledge gained to tenderly nurture the glorious gardens surrounding her Chicago home. Kathleen always loved to cook and her sumptuous dinners for the family were eagerly anticipated, especially at holidays. She would try something at a restaurant and say “I could make this better,” and she often could and did. She loved to travel with John, especially in France, where she could sharpen her fluency in the French language that was so dear to her. Kathleen was known for her caring for those less fortunate, especially abused animals, and for her devotion to Scottish terriers. All who knew her admired and loved her for her love of life, her demand that each respect all, for her intelligence and wit, for her contagious laugh and humor (even when you knew she was hurting), and for her courage and indomitable spirit. She “told it like it is.” She will be missed terribly. Kathleen was survived by her husband, John; son, John Jr.; and sisters, Helen Martell, Betty Jane Rinaldi, Patricia Komisar and Christine Juliard. Kathleen desired to be cremated. A memorial ceremony will be held in downtown Chicago in early May to celebrate her life and spread her ashes. Interested parties may request details by emailing JCoult@IPProOnTheGo.com. Memorial donations may be made to Red Door Animal Shelter, 2410 W. Lunt Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60645, one of the many animal care charities that Kathleen supported.
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