It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Kathy Ann Sinclair, a beloved daughter, mother, and friend. Kathy departed from this earthly realm on January 3, 2024, at the age of 65. She was surrounded by the love of her family as she peacefully transitioned into eternal rest.
Born on a spring day in Chillicothe, Ohio, Kathy was the cherished daughter of Frank and Dorothy Yoakem. She brought joy and happiness into their lives from the moment she arrived. Kathy's radiant smile and compassionate spirit touched the hearts of everyone who knew her.
Kathy's journey was filled with extraordinary accomplishments and adventures. After graduating from Paint Valley High School in 1976, she decided to embark on a noble path of service, enlisting in the Army as a nurse. She honorably served in the Women's Army Corps from 1976 to 1983, dedicating herself to the well-being and care of her fellow soldiers.
Following her military service, Kathy continued her passion for healthcare by working for the Department of Defense at Winn Army Community Hospital in Fort Stewart, Georgia. Her commitment and dedication to her profession were evident throughout her 26-year tenure at the hospital. Kathy's exemplary nursing skills and unwavering compassion touched the lives of countless patients and colleagues.
She relocated to West Palm Beach, Florida, where she continued to contribute her expertise as part of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Kathy's years of service made a lasting impact on the lives of our nation's veterans, ensuring they received the care they deserved.
In 2014, Kathy retired and embarked on a new chapter of life, filled with joy and exploration. During her well-earned retirement, Kathy embarked on delightful travels, relishing the freedom to explore new destinations and reconnect with loved ones. Her cherished companions on these adventures were her beloved pets, Bruno and Lani, who provided unconditional love and companionship throughout her journeys. When Kathy wasn't on the road, she found solace in solving intricate criminal cases through her favorite television shows, NCIS, Criminal Minds, and Law & Order.
Kathy is Proceeded in death by her parents Frank and Dorothy Yoakem.
Kathy's memory will forever be etched in the hearts of those she leaves behind. She is survived by her beloved daughter, Ollivia Sinclair, who will carry her mother's legacy of love and strength, her granddaughter, Camille Sinclair Butler, whom she adored with every fiber of her being.
In addition to her immediate family, Kathy is mourned by her siblings, Mike (Linda) Yoakem, Pamela Mitchell, and Marty Yoakem. She will be dearly missed by her cherished nephews, Michael Yoakem, Ryan Yoakem, and Donnie Mitchell, as well as her adored nieces, Jennifer Mitchell Dockery, Brandee Yoakem Jackson, and Beth Yoakem.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to a local veteran’s agency of your choosing, to honor Kathy's passion for giving back and caring for others.
Though our hearts ache with the anguish of her absence, let us cherish the fond memories we shared with Kathy. May her soul find eternal peace, and may her spirit forever guide us towards compassion, love, and strength during our own earthly journeys.
Rest in peace, dearest Kathy. You have touched our lives profoundly, and your light will forever shine brightly in our hearts.