Author Archives: Katie

About Katie

I joined Legacy.com in 2002 as a part-time content screener and now serve as Director of Operations, overseeing Legacy’s day-to-day operations (Guest Book screening, obituary processing, customer service, and client service). I grew up in California, the daughter of a psychologist and a minister. My parents instilled in me the importance of listening to and caring about others. One of the things I appreciate most about working at Legacy.com is that I am able to have a small part in easing people's pain during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In my life outside of Legacy, I enjoy baking treats (and bringing them to the office to share), playing the piano, reading, taking pictures, tending to our vegetable & herb gardens, trying out new restaurants and foods, spending time with my husband, Chuck (whom I met at Legacy) and our kids, Brett Jr. & Josie, and playing with our hound dogs, Mugsy and Bo Jangles.

Donating life

Did you know that one organ donor can save up to 8 lives? Although there are more than 100 million Americans signed up to be donors, 18 people die each day while waiting for an organ transplant.  In honor of … Continue reading

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5 years later: remembering the Virginia Tech shootings

Like millions of people across the country, we at Legacy.com were stunned and saddened by the news of the shootings at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007.  As people struggled to make sense of the shootings, we did what we … Continue reading

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5 condolences: Passover

This weekend marked the beginning of Passover, one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays.  Celebrated for 7-8 days, it commemorates the emancipation of Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.  On the first night of Passover, families gather for a … Continue reading

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Rosie the Riveter

With men off to war and production needs increasing dramatically, the U.S. government launched a propaganda campaign during World War II to pull women into factory jobs traditionally held by men.  During the course of World War II, more than … Continue reading

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Jan Berenstain’s Message of Kindness

The first Berenstain Bears book was published in 1962.  In the years since, more than 340 books have been published in the series. In 2005, Stan Berenstain passed away at age 82 and Legacy.com posted an obituary and Guest Book.  … Continue reading

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Sharing Spencer’s Story

Legacy.com has more than 10 million newspaper obituaries in our database.  You might think we’ve seen and read it all.  But we’re regularly reminded that we haven’t.  The latest reminder came in the form of an obituary written by a … Continue reading

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Special remembrances

As we wrote in October, many obituaries include a request for donations to charity in lieu of flowers.  We recently came across an “in lieu of flowers” request that struck us as special, as well as a great idea:  Jennifer … Continue reading

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5 condolences: funny memories

When my family gathers together, one of our favorite things to do is talk about  funny moments we’ve shared.  There are some stories that get told time after time, and that seem to get funnier with each telling - the time … Continue reading

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Civil Rights Movement: first-hand accounts

Members of the generation that actively participated in the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s are starting to pass away in greater numbers each year.  And their participation in the movement was such an important part of their … Continue reading

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5 condolences: Cowboys and cowgirls

I grew up in Delhi, a small farming town in California’s central valley.  Many of the older residents moved to Delhi during the dust bowl era from the old “Wild West” states of Oklahoma , Texas, and Kansas.  And maybe … Continue reading

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