Kathleen Lillian Ames

April 17, 1941December 19, 2018

Kathleen Lillian Ames, 77, of Duluth passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital.

She was born April 17, 1941 to Nikolai and Lillian Hill in Duluth.

Kathleen graduated from Duluth Denfeld High School, and later Duluth Area Vocational Technical Institute. She worked at the Early Childhood Screening Program for ISD 709 for most of her career as a secretary.

Kathleen was very artistic, making stunning seasonal church banners, custom outfits, and enjoyed quilting and knitting. She was also an avid gardener and very generous with the plants, cuttings, fruit, & vegetables from her labor. She was very active in her quilting group and a member of the local Creative Stitchery Group. Kathleen was very involved with serving in ministry as she served as Children's church leader and pianist, loved teaching various children's worship programs & ministry groups throughout her years.

She was preceded in death by brother, Pfc Earl Robert Hill (KIA).

She will be greatly missed by her husband, Gary of Duluth; children, Shari (Mark) Nelson of Superior, WI, and Jeff (Cindy) Ames of Duluth; and grandchildren Tyler, Erin, Lindsay, & Ethan Ames; her brother Milt (Kay) Hill of Duluth, sister, Sharon (Al) Franz of Crystal, MN; nephew Mark Helps of Robbinsdale, MN; niece, Marcy (Kevin) Martin of Fridley, MN.

Visitation at 11:00 until the 12:00 Celebration of Life Memorial Service, followed by lunch at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 9030 Beaudry Street (Lower Smithville) in Duluth.

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  • Gary Ames, Husband
  • Shari (Mark) Nelson, Daughter
  • Jeff (Cindy) Ames, Son
  • Milt (Kay) Hill, Brother
  • Sharon (Al) Franz, Sister
  • Kathleen is also survived by her grandchildren, Tyler, Erin, Lindsay & Ethan Ames; her nephew, Mark Helps and her niece, Marcy (Kevin) Martin.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 5, 2019

Kathleen Lillian Ames

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Sue Carlson

December 28, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about Kathy's passing. I was in her quilting group for a couple of years.
I had hoped to attend the services but am digging out from the snow.
Again my deepest sympathy.

Sue Carlson

Debi Willis Youngblom

December 28, 2018

I am so sorry that you have lost such a wonderful person. I worked with Kathy for many years at Birchwood in the EarlyChildhood Center. I was so surprised to hear of her passing; thought she would go on living and giving forever. The world will miss her. Warmly, Debi Youngblom

carol settergren

December 27, 2018

Gary, Shari and Jeff: I am not sure I will be able to attend the service tomorrow , only because of the road conditions , so I am sending my love and best wishes for you all . Kathy was so dear to me and all the years we worked together with Preschool Sceening Program. Kathy was the ideal secretary,never gave the impression of being stressed or upset by all the unexpected happenings with 4 and 5 year olds, and their parents .She learned nearly all the activities for screening that we offered and could fill in when needed, and did many times. I could count on her happy smiling countenance at every session. What a blessing she was to me and others.
I will pray that God is generous to you all with this passing and comfort you with His kind love.
I will not forget all Kathy meant to me and wish you all peace. Carol

Betty Starkey

December 26, 2018

I will always remember her smile and what a friendly person she was.
She will be missed by her loving church family.

Polly John

December 26, 2018

Dear family of Kathy:

I am so sad to hear of her passing. I worked at ISD 709 for over 35 years, and would often interact with Kathy. She was always kind, caring, sweet and wonderful.......I never heard a cross word from her. I am sure you are missing her dearly already. Please know that she was loved and appreciated for the fine job she did for the school district. Much love to you all.