Kathryn B McAllister
February 2, 1934 – September 6, 2019
Kathryn Blomquist McAllister age 85 passed away Friday, September 6, 2019 in Layton, Utah. She was born in Richfield, Utah on February 2, 1934 to Reed and Virginia Blomquist.
She graduated from Richfield High School and Brigham Young University. She had a BSN and was a registered nurse. She married Richard Bernell McAllister on August 18, 1958 in the SLC LDS Temple. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints she served in all the auxiliaries. She was particularly talented in teaching the three year old “Sunbeams”, Young Women camp director, and Relief Society Homemaking Counselor.
At age 42, Kathryn was recruited into the Utah National Guard. She was the Chief Nurse of a mobile operating room and Hospital. (Think M.A.S.H.) She taught endless Soldiers how to scrub surgeries and provide other health care. She referred to these soldiers as “My Guys”. She retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. She spent nearly 40 years as a nurse in the Operating Room of LDS Hospital in SLC, Utah. She was integral to the development of a transplant team for Intermountain Health Care. She worked closely with physicians at the Vivarium at the University of Utah to perfect surgical techniques for the first Liver Transplant Team in the Western United States.
Kathryn was an accomplished seamstress and was proficient in knitting, crochet, embroidery and hemstitching. She shared this talent by teaching multitudes of others to do the same. She provided endless prom dresses, baby blankets, and created crocheted edged towels for family and friends.
Kathryn acted as a surrogate grandma to many nieces, nephews and neighbors who didn’t have a Grandma of their own. It was her mission to serve others at all times.
Kathryn’s life was interrupted by frequent injury and pain. At 18 months old she received a severe electrical burn when she put an active electrical cord in her mouth. This injury caused her some disfigurement. This created opportunities for classmates to tease and bully her. This early childhood treatment made her keenly aware of others and their feelings of inadequacy or shortcomings. This made her go out of her way to include and help these people. Kathryn endured multiple surgeries to help relieve pain from degenerative disc disease, bilateral rotator cuff, knee surgeries, near blindness from macular degeneration and many other injuries. She was ultimately felled by a bone cancer that is presumed to be spread from an unknown primary source. She is no longer in pain after 50 years of chronic pain.
She is survived by her husband, her siblings: Phillip, Karl, Steven, Alan and Keith Blomquist, and Janet Edwards. Her children: Vivian Dearden (Dan), Virginia Spenst (Jeff), Karen Spencer (Ben), and Richard McAllister (Reid Baty). Eleven grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the Maple Way Ward, 380 South Fairfield Road, Layton, Utah at 11:00a.m. A viewing will be held Tuesday, September 10th from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. and again prior to the funeral from 10:00a.m. to 10:45a.m., also at the Ward. Please share online condolences and memories of Kathryn at www.wasatchlawn.com
- Richard B. McAllister, Husband
- Vivian (Dan) Dearden, Daughter
- Virginia (Jeff) Spenst, Daughter
- Karen (Ben) Spencer, Daughter
- Richard (Reid Baty) McAllister, Son
- Kathryn also leaves eleven grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren who will cherish her memory.
- Richard McAllister, Pallbearer
- Ross Buchanan, Pallbearer
- Joshua Buchanan, Pallbearer
- David Buchanan, Pallbearer
- Dallin Buchanan, Pallbearer
- Michael Dearden, Pallbearer
- Jordan Dearden, Pallbearer
- Sterling Spencer, Pallbearer
- Dan Dearden, Honorary Pallbearer
- Ben Spencer, Honorary Pallbearer
- Jeff Spenst, Honorary Pallbearer
- Reid Baty, Honorary Pallbearer
- Viewing Tuesday, September 10, 2019
- Viewing Prior to Funeral Service Wednesday, September 11, 2019
- Memorial Services Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Kathryn B McAllister
September 12, 2019
I love Kathryn McAllister! I first met her around 1995 and had too short of an association with her as we moved in 2001. During that time, I came to appreciate her goodness, her generosity, her capability, her humor! She was the camp nurse at YW's camp and I thought it was awesome! She also did some blind stitching for me on some projects; I was sad when she began to develop macular degeneration and those handiworks she loved were to be put aside for a while.
I appreciate the notice from some kind friend who let me know that Kathryn was home. She is now pain free. What a blessing.
And I'm confident that she is helping others even now.
Love to Richard and the rest of the family who mourn her passing.
September 11, 2019
Kathryn and my mom, Maude Kingsford, were nurses together in the OR at LDS Hospital but more importantly, they were great friends. Oh the stories that they could tell. Whenever I saw Kathryn, I always remember her beautiful smile and great sense of humor. The holidays were never complete until we got our cheese ball or other yummy treat from the McAllister’s. What a sweet lady. She’ll be missed but I know that she and Maude are having a joyful reunion.
September 10, 2019
She was a dear lady with a lot of courage and tenacity. She definitely made the world better. We will miss her.
September 10, 2019
Kathryn taught a boundless number of people how to be excellent OR nurses and scrub techs. She single handedly set a high standard of excellence at LDSH. Many patients have benefited from her personal expertise and the expertise she shared with many others. So glad to have known her.
Clare and Mary Agnes Rager
September 8, 2019
Dear Richard and family,
Our warmest condolences to you at the passing of your precious wife, mother and grandmother. It was nice to see you both recently and again on Friday at the care center. We love Kathryn and have been blessed to have known her and been recipients of her love and professional care for many years. Our prayers are with you all at this difficult time for your family. It will be the many memories and stories that will comfort you and calm your broken hearts. We love you all very much and appreciate our years of friendship with each of you. God bless you.
September 8, 2019
I could write a book about Kathryn. She meant so much to me. She taught me to knit, she was one of our Wednesday ladies and such an example of courage. She was a trooper, up for anything, shopping, lunches, religion class. One special memory when we stood in line beginning at 5:30 am for the grand opening of Harmon’s .The 1st 100 would receive a free bag of groceries. She stuck it out when so many left and we made it. I will miss her so much but glad she is finally out pain. She was a great example of courage