Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A beautiful, talented woman died yesterday

Kathi Goertzen, Anchor for KOMO News─Seattle's ABC affiliate─for decades, died yesterday after her battle with brain tumors. I had the joy of working with Kathi for years as her wardrobe consultant. Our "closet clean outs" and shopping trips were full of laughter─for Kathi had a wonderful sense of humor. I loved selecting clothes in red and purple to complement her beautiful green eyes. Of course, red and purple played in her life, too, as an avid Coug from WSU. We shared our alma mater and always wanted to see the crimson and grey win out over the Huskies in purple!

Working with her at the very beginning of her career I remember saying to her, "What do you DO in your shoes?" For they were always beat up. Well, she worked in them─and worked hard! And then there were the pens. She'd stuff one in her pocket, not noticing the cap was off. Yes, ink spread out for all to see. Of course, all of this was hidden to viewers when she became the anchor behind the desk. And by then her shoes weren't beat up and she no longer stuffed pens in her pockets. She still worked very hard and moved comfortably into the elegant, gracious, talented journalist that she was to the end.

Kathi came to a celebration of my ten years in business and spent much of the evening sitting and visiting with my Dad. I had told her that he had a "crush" on her. Of course, he wasn't alone. Kathi was beloved by her colleagues, viewers, friends and family. Please read more about this extraordinary woman at

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