Kathleen Bolton, 66, of Lehigh Acres, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2013, with her loving family at her side, after a courageous fight against cancer. She was born March 30, 1947, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Lou Emma Bennett and John Andrew Bennett.
She was an outgoing, vivacious and active woman throughout her entire life. Always ready to rise to a new challenge, she accomplished much during her lifetime.
She graduated from Hughes High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1965. She attended NKU and the Institute of Organizational Management at Notre Dame. She also received a certificate through LOMA (Life Office Management Association) in business.
In 1996, she added an associate of arts degree in business administration from Maysville Kentucky Community College to the list of her scholastic achievements.
During her early years, she took a leadership role in the insurance industry in Maryland and Ohio.
Always the leader and inspirer, she served as a teaching assistant for special needs and elementary school children in Kentucky.
In 1985, she became the executive director of the Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce in Kentucky. She then served almost 30 years as the executive administrator of the courts for the state of Kentucky.
She was also much involved in the communities wherein she resided. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Rotary Club, Homemakers Club and Relay for Life, and she was even involved in country line dancing.
She was passionate about spending time with her friends as they sought new adventures in their travels at home and abroad.
After her retirement, she moved to Florida and became greatly involved in the American Legion Auxiliary Post 323, continuing involvement in the Order of the Eastern Star and the Senior Citizens Center.
A loving mother, grandmother and sister, she is survived by her daughter, Bernice Ann (Bolton) Taylor of Dover, Tenn.; grandchildren, Nathanael Taylor and Joshua Taylor; siblings, Gloria Jean Bolton of Cynthiana, Ky., Brenda Karr of Cincinnati, Ohio, Steve Bennett of Crab Orchard, Ky., and John Bennett Jr. of Lehigh Acre; and countless friends and loved ones.
She brought joy and laughter to every single life she touched and will be greatly missed.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at the American Legion Post 323. Another service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the Battle Grove Cemetery Memorial Hall, at 531 E. Pike, Cynthiana, Ky.
In lieu of flowers, she requested that all consider a contribution in her memory to Relay for Life at: www.relayforlife.org, or call (800) 227-2345.
Those who wish to offer condolences to the family at this difficult time are urged to visit her memorial page at: www.andersonpatterson.com and sign the guest book.