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Collierville Funeral Home

534 West Poplar, Collierville, TN

OBITUARY

Katherine Betzwieser Stamps

March 7, 1981August 10, 2019
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Katherine Amanda Betzwieser Stamps, 38, died on August 10, 2019 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis with the good Lord by her side.

Known by her friends and family as Katie, she was a loving daughter, sister, mother and wife; an active member of the Collierville United Methodist church and a marketing executive at Medtronic.

Katie is survived by her husband, Stephen Stamps and their two daughters, Evelyn and Lillian; her parents, Thomas and Augusta Betzwieser; sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Bryce Fraser, and their sons, Everett and Griffin; brother and sister-in-law, Alexander and Kirstie Betzwieser and their daughter, Ruby Katherine; sister, Jennifer Betzwieser; brother, Adam Betzwieser; Stephen’s parents, Taylor and Kay Stamps; his brother and wife, Tye and Melissa Stamps, and their sons, Ben and Sam; and a host of family and friends.

Visitation will be held Friday, August 16, 2019, at 2 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. at Collierville United Methodist church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the National Brain Tumor Society (https://nbtsevents.braintumor.org/katiestamps ) or the charity of your choice.

Katie was born to Tom and Lynne Betzwieser in Pittsburgh, PA, and was the eldest of their five children. She was raised in Hickory, NC after the family moved there in 1983. Katie grew up playing sports, including soccer, basketball, volleyball and tennis and graduated with Honors from Hickory High School in 1999. She went on to graduate with Honors from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelors of Science degree in 2003. While at Vanderbilt, Katie was a member of the Student Government and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and played on the Varsity Women’s Soccer team. After graduating from Vanderbilt, Katie went on to work at Medtronic where she spent 16 years progressing her career, growing the Spine and Biologics division of the company and advocating for women in healthcare as a founding member of ASPIRE, Medtronic’s field resource group for women. She passionately sought to provide all women with tools to empower their own advancement and careers, and successfully started by creating and developing her own “Program in a Box” for Women in Neurosurgery, which is now being piloted in cities throughout the country.

Katie first discovered she had brain cancer in 2007 and immediately underwent a successful treatment plan involving surgery, radiation and chemotherapy that put the cancer into remission for nearly 10 years. During that time, Katie married the love of her life, Stephen Stamps of Collierville, TN; progressed her learning with an executive MBA from Wharton School of Business; became an active member of the Collierville United Methodist church; and welcomed two beautiful daughters, first, Evelyn Grace in October 2013 and then Lillian Taylor in June 2016 all while balancing her expanding roles and responsibilities at Medtronic.

Katie’s cancer remained in remission until August 2016 at which point she resumed chemotherapy and in early 2018 incorporate an FDA-approved wearable treatment called Optune. Katie continued to receive chemotherapy while wearing the Optune device for more than 18 months until the cancer stopped responding to treatment. She passed away in the company of God and those closest to her on August 10.

Throughout her journey, Katie remained strong, positive and proactive regarding her chronic condition, spending hours researching available treatment plans. She also selflessly donated her time to the National Brain Tumor Society talking with and consoling patients recently diagnosed with brain tumors. She did all of this (and much, much more) with a smile that lit up any room she entered, bringing joy and love to everyone she met.

  • FAMILY

  • Stephen Stamps, Husband
  • Evelyn Stamps, Daughter
  • Lillian Stamps, Daughter
  • Thomas Betzwieser, Father
  • Augusta Betzwieser, Mother
  • Sarah Fraser (Bryce), Sister
  • Everett Fraser, Nephew
  • Griffin Fraser, Nephew
  • Alexander Betzwieser (Kirstie), Brother
  • Ruby Katherine Betzwieser, Niece
  • Jennifer Betzwieser, Sister
  • Adam Betzwieser, Brother
  • Taylor Stamps, Father-in-law
  • Kay Stamps, Mother-in-law
  • Tye Stamps (Melissa), Brother-in-law
  • Ben Stamps, Nephew
  • Sam Stamps, Nephew
  • Katie is also survived by a host of family and friends.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, August 16, 2019

Memories

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Marjorie Miller

August 15, 2019

I only saw Katie once and didn’t really meet her, but did speak with her husband. It was at the Waffle Iron restaurant in Collierville where she was enjoying breakfast with her family. As a nurse, I recognized her diagnosis by the device she was wearing and as a mother recognized her love for her family and her courage in the face of serious illness. We have been praying for her since that day and grieve for your loss of a beautiful, intelligent, loving and courageous mother, wife, daughter and sister. May God hold you all in his love during this difficult time. Tom and Margie Miller

Catherine Fratianni Guevara

August 15, 2019

Dear Stamps and Betzwieser familes,
My deepest condolences to all of you. The loss of your beautiful Katie is tremendous. Her beautiful writing and her Faith have been an inspiration to me. Please be assured of my love and ongoing prayers for all of you.

with love, Katie Fratianni Guevara

Bobby Dettelbach

August 15, 2019

I am praying for God's peace and comfort for all of you. I love your entire wonderful family and wish I could be there to hug you ALL.

Love,
Bobby Dettelbach

Daniel Fratianni

August 13, 2019

To the Stamps And the Betzwieser families,
My heart breaks with sadness to hear of the passing of Katie. My thoughts and prayers go out to your families. Katie is an inspiration to all of us. She did so much even though life put huge obstacles in front of her. Rest In Peace.
Daniel & Caroline Fratianni

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Biography

Katherine Amanda Betzwieser Stamps, 38, died on August 10, 2019 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis with the good Lord by her side.

Known by her friends and family as Katie, she was a loving daughter, sister, mother and wife; an active member of the Collierville United Methodist church and a marketing executive at Medtronic.

Katie is survived by her husband, Stephen Stamps and their two daughters, Evelyn and Lillian; her parents, Thomas and Augusta Betzwieser; sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Bryce Fraser, and their sons, Everett and Griffin; brother and sister-in-law, Alexander and Kirstie Betzwieser and their daughter, Ruby Katherine; sister, Jennifer Betzwieser; brother, Adam Betzwieser; Stephen’s parents, Taylor and Kay Stamps; his brother and wife, Tye and Melissa Stamps, and their sons, Ben and Sam; and a host of family and friends.

Visitation will be held Friday, August 16, 2019, at 2 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. at Collierville United Methodist church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the National Brain Tumor Society ( https://braintumor.org ) or the charity of your choice.

Katie was born to Tom and Lynne Betzwieser in Pittsburgh, PA, and was the eldest of their five children. She was raised in Hickory, NC after the family moved there in 1983. Katie grew up playing sports, including soccer, basketball, volleyball and tennis and graduated with Honors from Hickory High School in 1999. She went on to graduate with Honors from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelors of Science degree in 2003. While at Vanderbilt, Katie was a member of the Student Government and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and played on the Varsity Women’s Soccer team. After graduating from Vanderbilt, Katie went on to work at Medtronic where she spent 16 years progressing her career, growing the Spine and Biologics division of the company and advocating for women in healthcare as a founding member of ASPIRE, Medtronic’s field resource group for women. She passionately sought to provide all women with tools to empower their own advancement and careers, and successfully started by creating and developing her own “Program in a Box” for Women in Neurosurgery, which is now being piloted in cities throughout the country.

Katie first discovered she had brain cancer in 2007 and immediately underwent a successful treatment plan involving surgery, radiation and chemotherapy that put the cancer into remission for nearly 10 years. During that time, Katie married the love of her life, Stephen Stamps of Collierville, TN; progressed her learning with an executive MBA from Wharton School of Business; became an active member of the Collierville United Methodist church; and welcomed two beautiful daughters, first, Evelyn Grace in October 2013 and then Lillian Taylor in June 2016 all while balancing her expanding roles and responsibilities at Medtronic.

Katie’s cancer remained in remission until August 2016 at which point she resumed chemotherapy and in early 2018 incorporate an FDA-approved wearable treatment called Optune. Katie continued to receive chemotherapy while wearing the Optune device for more than 18 months until the cancer stopped responding to treatment. She passed away in the company of God and those closest to her on August 10.

Throughout her journey, Katie remained strong, positive and proactive regarding her chronic condition, spending hours researching available treatment plans. She also selflessly donated her time to the National Brain Tumor Society talking with and consoling patients recently diagnosed with brain tumors. She did all of this (and much, much more) with a smile that lit up any room she entered, bringing joy and love to everyone she met.