Kathleen Devin and Hunter on their Walk
Copyright 2013 JZ Knight. Used with permission.
Kathleen Devin, former Yelm Fire Commissioner, a retired Army Colonel in the Nurse Corp., and former private nurse to President Eisenhower after his leaving office in the 60s, passed away peacefully this morning at 6:55am.
Commissioner Devin was an inspiration to so many who knew her and served this community for years with distinction, guiding our area’s fire department through major changes. Even in the face of cancer, she created opportunities to continue her smiles and contributions to the greater Yelm community, working to elongate her life. She was vital and had an amazing quality of life until recent weeks.
Kathleen served two tours in West Germany and was also a Viet Nam Veteran. She was in Nam at the height of the “war” and served with distinction. She was the Assistant Chief Nurse at Fort Gordon Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Assistant Chief Nurse at the 97th General Army Medical Center in Frankfurt West Germany [Germany unified in 1989] and the Chief Nurse of the Heidelberg Army Medical Center in Heidelberg W. Germany. She also was a member of the faculty at Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing (WRAIN) at Walter Reed Medical Center.
As a colleague of hers wrote, “She was anything but ‘ordinary’ but was noted for her modesty and diligence in whatever she took on.”
Kathleen is another “Giant of a person” who has touched my life profoundly and I have been honored to know. Her smile will be missed. Not to take what others said for granted, she had to know for herself. Regardless of the newspaper’s controversial reports, Kathleen saw way too many grand things from Yelm-based Ramtha School of Enlightenment (RSE) students and in 2009, decided to purchase RSE’s online Home Study Program. She was enamored with the truth she found there. She attended an evening on RSE’s campus in June, 2009 to see Ramtha live for the first time and never looked back, becoming a committed, full-time student in July, 2009, utilizing the teachings in her life and proudly sharing that with all she knew, until her passing at age 72. She truly loved and embraced all facets of this community.
My condolences to Kathleen’s family, friends, retired SE Thurston Fire Chief Rita Hutcheson on the loss of one of her best friends, Fire Chief Mark King, Fire Commission Chair Jonathan Sprouffske and his Commissioners, and all of the staff and personnel of SE Thurston Fire.
A Celebration of Life for Kathleen Devin is Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, between 1p.m.-4p.m. at the Prairie Hotel Conference Room.
Click here for the Nisqually Valley News Obituary.