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Kathy Jean Neil, 66, returned to live with her Heavenly Father Friday, December 3, 2021. Kathy was born on July 18, 1955 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Grant J. Gunderson and Norma Brower Gunderson. She was the 8th of 9 children with 4 brothers and 4 sisters who all grew up on the Gunderson family farm in Menan, Idaho.

She graduated from Rigby High in 1973, where she had participated in basketball, softball, and athletics. After graduation, she went to Ricks College, where she met her future husband, Blake, while playing on a mixed softball team. She continued her education by attending nursing school, which she graduated from in 1975. She began her nursing career at the Idaho Falls Hospital.

On February 27, 1976, Kathy and Blake were married in the Ogden Temple. They later moved to Plain City, Utah, where she worked at Saint Benedicts Hospital in Ogden, Utah, and retired after 39 years at Ogden Regional Hospital. She worked in the labor and maternity department, where she enjoyed her colleagues and had a special bond. She was known for her pranks, but took her job seriously. Your patients thanked them many times for their care.

Kathy served in many church professions, but the only position she loved most was the special needs young women president. She loved those she served and maintained that connection even after she was released. She had a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and shared it often.

She was active in sports and helped bring AYSO to the region and was on the board for many years. She played and coached basketball and soccer. She always supported her grandchildren and their games. It was hard for her to sit on the sidelines and not be the coach.

As a season ticket holder, she enjoyed soccer and was very disappointed when the Royals left Salt Lake. She continued to follow REAL, Utah Jazz, and all BYU games.

She loved hiking, camping and fishing in southern Utah with her foster friends. She especially enjoyed traveling to Germany, Switzerland, Alaska, Israel, South Africa and Mexico, but her favorite was Hawaii, where she wanted to celebrate her 46th birthday. Raised on a farm, she had a strong work ethic that was taught to her children. She loved gardening and planned her outings in the garden. She always shared her harvest with everyone from painters, road construction teams, her doctors, nurses, and others in the community.

Kathy leaves behind her husband Blake, sister Linda (Gary) Waters, brother Gary (Dana) Gunderson, sister-in-law Terrie Gunderson and brother-in-law Mike Summers, their children Ryan (Rachel) Neil, Lori (Chris) Matue and Jodi (Corey) Slater. As well as 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Her parents preceded her in death, her brothers Wayne, Roger and Orlin. Sisters Ann and Gwen.

The family thanks all the doctors and nurses who helped her during this time. Especially home nurse MaKenzie from Ashby Home Health & Hospice for the compassionate care she has given to Kathy.

A tour of the Plain City 2nd Ward, 2963 North 4200 West, Plain City, Utah, will take place on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The funeral will take place on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 at 1 p.m. in the church.

Kathy’s funeral will be broadcast live. Scroll to the end of Kathy’s obituary on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 1:00 p.m., www.myers-mortuary.com. If you are unable to watch at this time, the service will be available on the Myers Mortuary website indefinitely.

Services at Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd., Ogden, Utah

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