Our Kathy
Kathleen Axford
  • 65 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 30, 1949
  • Place of birth:
    Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • Date of passing: Jun 26, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Phoenix, Arizona, United States
We miss you Kathy!

It is with much sorrow that we share that on the morning of June 26th, 2015, Kathleen Axford lost her courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Born in Sheffield, England in 1949, Kathy was the daughter of Harry and Mary Hudson. After meeting her husband while living in Spain, she moved with him to the United States and has been a resident of the Phoenix area for the last 38 years. 

Kathy is survived by her husband Lenny and her sister Carol Wright of Sheffield; having previously lost her brother Rodger and both of her parents. She also leaves behind many extended family members and numerous friends; as no one ever met Kathy and walked away still a stranger. Kathy's genuine curiosity about others, her engaging personality, high spirit and love for life, endeared her to many who will miss her deeply.

A celebration of Kathy's life will be held at her and Lenny's home on July 11th. We also hope that you will take the opportunity to post your memories and photos on this site so that they can be shared with Lenny and all that loved her.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ron Minchella on 26th June 2016

"Kathy your smile and laughter will never be forgotten.  With Love and memories.  Ron!"

This tribute was added by Katie Minchella on 1st October 2015

"Happy birthday Kathy! I know your throwing a party, you are missed."

This tribute was added by pauline lomas on 1st October 2015

"Oh Kathy.....I know you are tuning in from way out yonder.....I had this page up yesterday then went searching for an angel.....and well.....hours later and late like you used to be....Hopefully I can upload one"

This tribute was added by Lenny Axford on 30th September 2015

"Happy Birthday my love...god I miss you..."

This tribute was added by Carol n' Chris Wright on 19th August 2015

"We remember happy times either visiting or being visited by Kath and Carol.  Kath was always a happy and outgoing person and will be remembered with love by both of us. When she went to Spain in her younger years she found happiness with Lenny who looked after her so well, and I am sure we are all grateful to him for being her tower of strength.
We will remember Kath with love and affection Eileen & Christine"

This tribute was added by Kay Smith on 3rd August 2015

"kath was my cousin I am the youngest in the girls when I was little we used to go up to uncle harrys kaths dads and we had some great times with all the family she was such a bright star fun happy and she enjoyed life to the full even though I havnt seen her in some while I am sad and will remember her with love and fondness all my love kath from your cousin kayxx"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Hill on 14th July 2015

"I have known this family my entire life, and the memories I have I will cherish for the rest of this life-- Kathy I will truly miss those laughs and smiles, and no matter how young I was you always made me feel like one of the grown ups!!!  Truly missed but never forgotten-- I love the Axford family and my love is here for you all always!!"

This tribute was added by Vickie Grover on 14th July 2015

"What a gal!  The camping stories, the Crown King stories, the "Rinky-Tink" movie we all made, her warm personality, her laugh, her accent.  All the lives you have touched are better for knowing you but hurting by your passing.  We'll miss you Kath.  Go now and play with the Angels."

This tribute was added by Laura Hudson on 12th July 2015

"I first met Kath in 1965, she was Rogers sister. In 1967 when Roger & I got got married, his 2 sisters Carol & Kath was our lovely bridesmaids. When Kath & Lenny came over to Sheffield to get married we went to their wedding.
I travelled over to America with Carol, Chris & Val to celebrate Kath's 60th Birthday and we had such a good time.
I am so sad for her passing, Kath was a thoughtful, kind & generous person and she shall be sadly missed.
May she rest in peace. Margaret xx"

This tribute was added by Carol n' Chris Wright on 10th July 2015

"I worked with Kathy in the early seventies in Madrid ,We became  friends and  Lenny was always around I called them "The Love Birds,"
We had lots of good times,Kath was very special
A  big light has gone out, miss you Maggie."

This tribute was added by Bud Bailey on 7th July 2015

"I met Kathy in Spain. The year was 1974. She walked into the room where Lenny introduced me to her ....half woman ....half plaster mummy! She had been in a car crash just prior and had a broken neck. She was in a solid plaster cast from the waist to the top of her head! Only her face and ears were exposed. She was in such good spirits about it all. I thought it was remarkable! She never let it slow her down one bit! She could do anything the rest of us could do. She even tried to board a Roller Coaster at an amusement park in Madrid! They refused to let her on but she tried to convince the operator she was fine in spite of her body cast! They still refused but she really wanted to ride that thing! What a woman! I love you Kate and I miss you so much!"

This tribute was added by Janet Livesey on 7th July 2015

"I was so sad when I got Carol's call yesterday. We go back a long way Kath, over 60 years, back to when we both lived in Neepsend, with the ever present smell of Stones' brewery. A lot of our childhood was spent together at Woodside School, brownies at Helen Wilson Settlement, swimming at Upperthorpe Baths (not forgetting bath tickets) and Rivelin paddling pool. Happy days! I also remember the day your mum passed away and how shocked we all were. Life changed for you then, you moved house and we lost touch, till our unexpected reunion in 2001 which was lovely.
My thoughts are with you Lenny, you and Kath had something very special.
I'll never forget you Kath. X"

This tribute was added by Katie Minchella on 5th July 2015

"Kathy, you will be greatly missed. You have left your imprint on every person you met with your ready smile and laughter. I know your spirit lives on to watch over your family and friends as that was most important to you. A person could see how very much you and Lenny loved each other by your support of each other. Not goodbye but see you later..Kate"

This tribute was added by Ron Minchella on 5th July 2015

"Life given us by nature is short, but the memories of a well spent life last’s forever.

From the very first time I met Kathy her beautiful smile not to mention her English accent was and shall always be forever in my thoughts.  When Lenny came home from Spain and told me he had fallen in love, I knew this girl had to be special.  Each of us find our own happiness in life, and Kathy gave a part of that to each and everyone of us, especially Lenny."

This tribute was added by Marcy Minchella on 5th July 2015

"Through Kathy's smile,​ you became a part of her world. She was the person who could put you at ease with her easy manner, a reassuring smile and a bit of English humor.  When you were with Kath you always felt like her friend. She was always interested in what you had to say and open to any conversation. Lenny and Kathy were each other's balance. Kathy admiration for Lenny was present in any setting. She adored the man she had married so many years ago. There is a special place for Kathy. Keep the tea warm till we meet again."

This tribute was added by norma gillott on 5th July 2015

""Kathy you leave us all with the most fondest and loving memories ever..
So So happy that you were part of our lives. Always full of fun and happiness.
A dearest friend that will always be in our hearts." XXXX"

This tribute was added by Carol n' Chris Wright on 5th July 2015

"Kath always loved and cared for her family and friends as they were very important to her, and she would show this in many ways.

I remember that 1998 was a terrible year for Kath, so I was shocked, surprised, overwhelmed, and very happy to see her when later that year, she turned up as my surprise guest at my 50th birthday party. I couldn't believe that she had travelled all that way on her own to see me, but she said she just wanted to be there. At the party there were lots of tears, hugs and kisses from everyone for her, that was some party, and Kath didn't stop dancing or talking all night, she was simply the belle off the ball. That was my sister.

Although for many years we lived in different countries we always kept in touch, and shared what was happening within our families. We would get together as often as we could with our husbands Lenny and Chris, and our good friends Val and Bob either in Sheffield or Phoenix. We just used to pick up where we left off as though we had never been apart, we had great times together, great adventures, lots of laughter, chatting, and a few drinks or two along the way. Happy days, happy memories that will never leave us.

The tears we shed, and the heartache we feel, is the price we pay for losing someone we love, and Kath was loved so very much.

Kath was my sister, and my friend for 65 years...how lucky was I.

I will love and miss her....forever.

Goodnight, God Bless sis. xx"

This tribute was added by Laura Hudson on 4th July 2015

"Heaven has gained a true angel, and for Lenny and all of us who were lucky enough to have met such a beautiful lady, we are left to gather our memories of love, happiness and that smile :)
I have known Auntie Kath for just a short time of 8 years and alike all the family she welcomed me in with open arms & she was such a genuinely amazing, funny and interesting lady. We shared time here in Sheffield and my most fondest memory was our trip to Castleton, she loved visiting and had lots of memories & stories whilst we was there. Our only regret was, myself & Andrew never got to travel to visit you both in Phoenix to see your lovely home and share this with you,
Andrew, was lucky to have you in his whole life, across the mile he loved to talk about his auntie & cowboy uncle who lived in Phoenix and dreamed about one day visiting you both. He has so many happy memories of you both & spending time with you when you visited.
You was a lady who had such a warm smile, which lit up a room and we shall miss you
Your loving nephew Andy & Laura xxx"

This tribute was added by Donna Tallent on 3rd July 2015

"The hardest part of of losing someone you love, isn't having to say that final goodbye, but rather learning to live without them. So many wonderful memories and I'm honored to say that I have known such an amazing woman for my entire life.

I just miss you...."

This tribute was added by Dori Schmiedeknecht on 3rd July 2015

"I met Kathy after shortly after she married Lenny & moved to Michigan.  We had some great times together, doing crazy stupid things up north in the snow.  Then they moved to Arizona and we lost touch with them for a while.  In the late 90's we re-connected and it was just like old times.  Horseback riding adventures in the mountains...their band entertained at a millennial New Years party we had in Sierra Vista. Kathy danced all night long & got everyone else up to dance.  They were our witnesses in Show Low when I remarried .  I have  such good memories of good times.  Kathy was indeed a fun-loving wonderful woman.  Those of you who had her close were blessed with her friendly,  giving nature.  My heart goes out  to you, Lenny.  With much love to a wonderful family."

This tribute was added by Carol Axford on 2nd July 2015

"Kathy has been part of my life for 40 years.I met her when she first came to the States with Lenny in Michigan. She was so fun to be with and I loved having a British sister-in-law.It was wonderful to meet her British family when they came to the US and her many friends.  She and Lenny were always with us camping, at pool parties at my house in Scottsdale and every family gathering.  Even when we moved to Washington state she and Len came to visit and more fun times. She always loved to sing and loved my daughter dearly. She was taken too soon and will be dearly missed. Love you Kath!!!"

This tribute was added by Val Lockwood on 2nd July 2015

""Kath was my best friend in the world, we met at school in 1961 and soon became firm friends, we chose our boyfriends together in our early teenage years and after leaving school we got employment at the same place, life was always filled with fun and laughter.  We worked abroad together, this is where Kath met her beloved husband Lenny.  So many wonderful memories, she will always be in my heart, I loved her dearly, Val.""

This tribute was added by Beth Ely on 1st July 2015

"Nearly four decades of Kathy's friendship has left me with wonderful memories of camping and boating trips, desert hikes, Mexican holidays, New Year's Eve celebrations, and journeys back to the places of our birth.
Losing her has also left me with a very big whole in my heart.
Best friends forever. Beth"


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