Author Archives: Katie

About Katie

I joined 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 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.

Remembering with Memorial Sites

Six years ago today, we were stunned by the news that Comair Flight 5191 had crashed shortly after takeoff, killing 49 of the 50 people aboard.  We immediately created a Guest Book through which people could share condolences for all … Continue reading

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5 condolences: hot summer days

I grew up in California’s central valley – a place known for its hot summer days.  I’m pretty sure my brother and I spent more time in our neighbor’s pool than in our own house during the summer months.  We … Continue reading

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5 condolences: ice cream trucks

A clanging bell, a whistle, the melody of “Turkey in the Straw” – every child knows the unmistakable sounds of the neighborhood ice cream truck.  And while a truck full of ice cream is enough to bring a smile to … Continue reading

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Top 10 hobbies mentioned in obituaries

According to the 2010 American Time Use Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend an average of 5 hours each day on sports and leisure activities. And more than half of that time is spent watching television.  But watching … Continue reading

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Civil War descendants

I’ve been researching my family tree off and on for the past two years, and have written before about the usefulness of obituaries in genealogical research.  The other day, I told my brother I was making a list of our … Continue reading

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Famous for…

Obituaries often mention things people are “famous for” – spaghetti sauce, warm hugs, homemade cookies, smiles…with more than 10 million obituaries in our database, the list is endless.  Sometimes, I come across a “famous” reference that leaves me wanting to … Continue reading

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Death goes digital

We were fascinated by a USA Today time line that explores how technology has impacted the rites and rituals surrounding death.  From the earliest printed obituaries in the 1700s to memorial photographs, funeral trains, televised funerals, and online obituaries – … Continue reading

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Top 10 death euphemisms

With more than 10 million obituaries in’s database, we’ve read just about every death euphemism you can imagine.  While approximately 6.5 million of’s obituaries indicate that someone has “died, ” more than 5 million use the term “passed … Continue reading

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Sharing baby photos with obstetricians

Next week is my daughter Josie’s first birthday.  It’s been a year full of smiles, laughter, and adventure.  And the 9 months leading up to her birth were no different.  During that time, I visited my obstetrician more than a … Continue reading

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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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