Kathryn Hodder

Kathryn Hodder died March 12, 2024, at the age of 75.

John 4:13: “Jesus answered, ‘…whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring which will provide him with life-giving water and give him eternal life.’”

Kathryn Hodder peacefully entered eternal glory with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, after a three year battle against cancer. She was born the second of five children to Douglass [Andy] and Selma [Sal] Anderson on May 15, 1948, in Tacoma, Washington. At the age of 13, Kathy’s family moved to Buckley, Washington, where her father opened the Buckley Bakery on Main Street. She had fond memories of working at the bakery with her dad “Andy” and loved to make his famous hotdogs baked in homemade bread for her own family.

At White River High School, she met William [Bill] Hodder when they were assigned to the same driver’s education group in Mr. Sambila’s class their junior year. A friendship bloomed and four years later they became college sweethearts as juniors at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

Kathy graduated from Western in 1970 with a degree in Spanish and Elementary Education. Two years later on June 10, 1972, she married Bill at Community Presbyterian Church in Buckley where she later served as a Sunday school teacher.

In 1973, Bill and Kathy welcomed their first born Andrew [Andy], followed by their only daughter Jennifer [Jenny] in 1975, and their youngest son Timothy [Tim] in 1977. While her children were young, Kathy taught Sunday school at the Presbyterian church and through the lessons she was teaching to the children, she realized her own need for a personal relationship with her savior Jesus. After accepting Christ, her entire life took on new purpose. Kathy wanted nothing more than for others to know the saving grace of Jesus. She lived an example of praying and seeking God’s will and trusting him with even the smallest concerns, inspiring her children and others to seek first the kingdom of God. For forty years, Kathy attended Bible Study Fellowship and brought her grandchildren with her. Everyone she met got invited to BSF because she knew the life-changing power of an in-depth study of God’s word. The fellowship of her BSF leaders and classmates inspired and encouraged her even to the end of her journey.

Kathy is survived by her faithful husband Bill who was not only her best friend but her devoted caregiver. Additionally, she is loved and missed greatly by her children and their families: son Andy and Michael Ann Hodder and grandchildren Ashtyn and Wyatt; daughter Jenny and Jesse Scott and grandchildren Brad and Will; son Tim and Carli Hodder and grandson Eli. Kathy is also survived by her dear siblings and their families: Barb VanSickle, Steve Anderson [Karen], Dan Anderson [Paula], and Diana McGregor [Rick].

Kathy’s family wishes to express our greatest gratitude for all the love, support, visits, and a lifetime of memories from all who love Kathy and our family.

Special thanks to Buckley Fire and Aid who always showed the greatest compassion and service several times over the last 3 years.

Memorials in honor of Kathy may be made to the following: Bible Study Fellowship: https://www.bsfinternational.org/support/ or City of Buckley Fire Department 611 South Division Street Buckley, WA 98321.