Kathi Wilkes
  • 60 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 21, 1951
  • Place of birth:
    West Virginia, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 14, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    District of Columbia, United States
The final Memorial Service was held at 11am, Wednesday, the 8th of August at Belmont Hills Country Club 47080 National Road, St. Clairsville, OH 43950.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Kathi Wilkes, born on August 21, 1951 and passed away on July 14, 2012. We will remember her forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Linda Brown on 15th July 2013

I can't adequately express how I'm feeling today on your 1st anniversary of your transition cause I guess I'm still in denial.  But, your spirit has been with me consistently the last few weeks so I know you are at peace.  We're at the Vineyard for our annual trip; we stopped and prayed in tribute to you and your life. Miss you much!"

This tribute was added by glenda gill on 14th July 2013

"Kathi all week you have been with me in Chicago and now as we are in Falmouth making our annual trek to the Vineyard! We miss you tremendously as.life is not just the same. Your family of friends is still intact taking care & loving each other.  I am not alone as you are with me always my friend continuing to live life golden. We will light candles @3:45pm to celebrate your vibrant life"

This tribute was added by Joanne Dowdell on 14th July 2013

"Hard to believe it's been a year Kathi. I think of you often. And on this same night one year later the non-guilty. verdict in the Trevon Martin case was announced. You would have had lots to say I know. Miss you my friend."

This tribute was added by Tom Logans on 7th November 2012

"Kathi, really missed you last night and early this morning, as we pulled and pushed our President to a second term. You'd have been very pleased! Your insight,  knowledge about what was going on, and what was going to happen next always made for vibrant, colorful comment during this kind of event. Politics was your game! A cup was raised in your honor! You are truly missed!"

This tribute was added by Dee Marshall on 25th October 2012

"I WROTE THIS 100 days ago today… I can't express my heavy heart for our loss of a mentor, big sister, prayer partner and sister friend Kathi Wilkes.  Although I am a believer this transition is so difficult to be in Chicago last week and see the unfolding and watch her bestie Glenda stand in the gap, change plans to be there by her side. Even while she was 24 hours away from her final breaths I b"

This tribute was added by Ken Nealy on 27th July 2012

"My sister - I can’t help but feel intense feelings of gratitude, elation and joy - having known you, laughed with you, cried with you, dined with you and fought together with you in the trenches of Capitol Hill and life. You gave me my first job on the Hill and continued to serve as a mentor, confidant and friend throughout all these years. I will miss you but still love you – from China."

This tribute was added by Oliver Kellman on 26th July 2012

"It was with great shock and sorrow that I learned of your departure from this world. Like so many, you gave me my first start on Capital Hill, and in the years that followed you were my mentor, sister and conscience. I will miss your laughter, and your gift of inspiration but mostly, I will miss you, my friend. Always in my heart, Always in memory..."

This tribute was added by Donald Temple on 24th July 2012

"By your transition we are reminded that our lives here are but fleeting moments of time.  Your Howard University family will miss you dearly.  Rest in sweet eternal peace my sister.  Lifting your spirit and your family in prayer.  Donald Temple"

This tribute was added by Marq Temple on 24th July 2012

"My dear friend of long time been. May your soul rest in eternal peace, and may your spirit continue to blow among us. God be with you, and your family.  Much love my sister."

This tribute was added by Talib Karim on 24th July 2012

"To the Almighty, I thank you for blessing me, us, with such a passionate soul, who taught so many, so much.  To the SJL staff alumni club, while our chairwoman is gone, her voice, lessons, and perhaps her foot (smile) lives on inside of us.  Lets carry on Kathi's brand of social engineering and lets break bread soon (send my invite to tkarim@teclawgroup.com)."

This tribute was added by Janaye Ingram on 23rd July 2012

"Kathi, I am so thankful to have known you.  I will always remember our conversations and how you embraced me when I got to DC.  Your passion for life was an amazing example.  Your generosity and thoughtfulness were unparalleled.  Your professionalism was always on point.  You will forever remain a source of inspiration to me - both personally and professionally.  Rest in peace friend."

This tribute was added by Derrick Plummer on 23rd July 2012

"Kathi-  I will miss your smile, encouraging words and those big hugs.  I know you are among the angels now.  God bless you."

This tribute was added by Algenita Davis on 23rd July 2012

"Kathi was my friend, my Zeta soror, my fellow Howardite and campaign co-conspirator.  I will miss our laughs, our meetings, our analysis of current events and people who "made" them. I cannot think of her without a smile.  She was a "member" of the family and will be in our hearts forever.  Alg"

This tribute was added by Danielle Boyd on 22nd July 2012

"I don't even know where to begin.  You took a chance on me way back at 1520 Longworth HOB.  You saw something in me before I saw it in myself.  I am a better because of you . . . you are great mentor!  I know that you are up in heaven having a great laugh at all of us.  Please keep watching over all of us.  
Loving You Always"

This tribute was added by nicol turner lee on 22nd July 2012

"Kathi you will be so missed...especially your requests for lunch to figure out what can we do together. Always loving and wanting to help. You will be missed!!"

This tribute was added by Lovell Jones on 22nd July 2012

"I got to know her well as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Jackson-Lee and our friendship continued.  Although we seldom saw each other, we remained in contact through continuous email exchanges in between those time.  She will be truly missed."

This tribute was added by Debbie Bragg on 21st July 2012

"Very sad to hear this news. We were all just having so much fun a few weeks ago. Kathi will be missed by many. My prayers to her family."

This tribute was added by Miriam Cummings on 21st July 2012

"My dearest Kathi,

You will forever have a place in my heart.  Thank you for taking me on as a lil sis and those teaching moments we shared.  I leave this tribute with the sound of your robust laughter and joy I always admired.  I love you."

This tribute was added by ryan fisher on 21st July 2012

"Kathi,  I love you for your strength and directness but most for your compassion.  I smile each time I see Morgan playing with the toys you sent him after lecturing me that dogs need a stimulus.  I also cherish the last phone conversation we had when you just called out of the blue to check on me and make sure I was doing well in my new role.  You were a mother to us.  Love Fenimore"

This tribute was added by Vashti Henriques on 20th July 2012

"I will alway remember our days on the beach in st martin   Taken too soon and will surely be missed. Blessings to family."

This tribute was added by Linda Brown on 20th July 2012

"Kat, I'll try not to grieve too long.  Your time here was so brief but I know that God has set you free. Your special friendship and sisterhood was unique and meant so much to me as you would often share a laugh, a hug, a kiss or a just a word of support and encouragement.  Ah yes, these things I will truly miss. Your legacy and light will live on in our hearts forever.  We love you!"

This tribute was added by Dayshon Wagner on 20th July 2012

"Meeting you for the first time with Save a girl,Save a world warmed my heart. You were so full of energy and filled the room with laughter.Your heart was so open to us mentees/mentors and you made sure it was an experience to last a lifetime. I'm grateful to have spent that time with you and your loving and giving spirit will be missed."

This tribute was added by Belinda Watkins on 20th July 2012

"You have been my best friend/sister for most of our adult lives.  I am having difficulty not being able to see your physical being; however I am so blessed to have had 40 years of precious memories of so many good times, places we traveled, and all of your friends and acquaintances introduced to me. Reba and Steve send their love, along with all of my friends and family. You will be missed"

This tribute was added by Marva Gooden on 20th July 2012

"You entered our lives for 10 short weeks at Morgan State University, poured into our lives an invaluable amount of knowledge; you re-ignited many dreams, and sparked new aspirations.  Totally saddened by your passing.  My heartfelt condolences to the family of Kathi Wilkes may God embrace you in His loving care."

This tribute was added by Bobby E on 20th July 2012

"I feel blessed to have known Kathi and that BIG personality of hers!  I will treasure the times shared as they were always filled with laughter. You were one of a kind for sure Kathi and will be missed greatly.  Let us all be reminded of the fact that no day is promised and try our best to live and love life like our girl Kathi. Cheers to you KW."

This tribute was added by Steven Pruitt on 19th July 2012

I will miss the experience of how you always kept things real. You always reminded me that were we working in the real world on the Hill, how different things would be. For me, you will be remembered as the Keeper of the Light of reality. Please continue to watch over us!"

This tribute was added by cynthia thomas on 19th July 2012

"I feel so blessed having had the recent opportunity to know Dr. Wilkes as a Professor in the Graduate Nursing Program @ Morgan State.  She was an excellent professor & taught Health Policy & Politics with such passion that I learned more than I ever did in any class, and will never forget her encouragement "to do more than just change bed pans with a master's degree". RIP Dr. Wilkes."

This tribute was added by Mary Boyd on 19th July 2012

You mentored so many young women and men.  William and I will be forever grateful for the time you spent mentoring our daughter, Danielle.  You were always there for those that needed you.  You will forever be in our hearts and minds.  God bless your family during this time of sorrow."

This tribute was added by Vanessa Gilmore on 19th July 2012


Only a week and a half ago we had a long conversation to catch up.  You were so supportive and happy for me in your usual kind way.  That conversation now feels like such a gift.  It is time for your kindness and generosity of spirit to be rewarded."

This tribute was added by Sandra Brown on 19th July 2012

"To The Family of Family of Kathi Wilkes,
     The Howard University community is one Bison short for "fighting the good fight."  Kindly contact the Office of the Secretary at 202-806-2250 for official recognition from the university.
     Kindly accept my condolences.  Peace."

This tribute was added by Rosezetta Bobo on 18th July 2012

"My condolences to all who knew Kathi.  You will be missed!  Although our time spent together hanging out in Houston @ the Logans were short, your smile, laughter and kindness will forever be engraved in my heart. God be with you.

Rosezetta & Fred, Tallahassee, Florida"

This tribute was added by Karen Rogers-Robinson on 18th July 2012

"Ms. Kathi was a very warm, exciting & special person! I only had the pleasure of one weekend with her and feel cheated by time! So I can only pray for peace and blessings for those of you who knew her well...a very special lady who will be missed dearly."

This tribute was added by kim courtney on 18th July 2012

"kathi,you were a jewel to  my daughter Renee and  I  we thank you .
Your amazing friendship will be missed. Corrie Courtney."

This tribute was added by Sahar Wali on 18th July 2012

"Kathi- My big sis- how grateful I am to have been blessed with you in my life. I miss you so much- your gleaming smile, resonating laughter, and lessons on life will stay with me always- making me a better person everyday. So many lives are better because you were in them. Your legacy lives on in the lives and work of your mentees. With love and gratitude forever. Your baby sis."

This tribute was added by Reba Corrine on 18th July 2012

"Aunt Kathi: Words can't begin to express the pain I'm feeling over your loss. Thank you for all that you've done for me and helping shape the woman that I am today. For your amazing sense of fashion, invaluable advice on love/relationships and for showing me how to be a lady, I love you. Forever.
-- Your Goddaughter/Diva-In-Training"

This tribute was added by Chanelle Hardy on 18th July 2012

"Kathi, I was blessed and honored to be, for too short a time, your "little sister." What a wealth of wisdom, cooking tips and demands that i go home or take a vacation I will be missing out on without our calls and get togethers. Thank you for forcing me out of my crazy schedule so that I wouldn't have to regret not spending enough time together.  I am so grateful to have known you ."

This tribute was added by Alva Mason on 18th July 2012


You were such a nice person.  GG loved you so much.  I am glad that you all got to spend time together before your departure to heaven.  I know that you are smiling down upon us."

This tribute was added by Joya Wells on 18th July 2012

"Kathi, thank you for the impact you've made on our lives. What a wonderfull, intelligent, warm and witty person you are.  The Hightowers Team will truly miss your presence.  We will forever hold your seat on our Team.  "No more waiting; you have now regained your strenght - take up your wings and soar like the eagles."  Blessings."

This tribute was added by Alex Beckles on 18th July 2012

"Kathi, you have no more earthly worries, fore the Lord God, almighty has your soul now until the second coming of his son Jesus Christ, but while you were with us all on this earth, it was a blessing, to us all and what great times we all had."

This tribute was added by clemetine clarke on 18th July 2012


Thank you so much for your love and friendship!  It is amazing how we met and I thank God for that introduction each and every day.  I'll miss you and I'll see you again in heaven my friend.   Psalms 23"

This tribute was added by Ira Scott on 18th July 2012

"My condolences to her family and friends.  I will miss our many battles in the trenches.  May God bless your family doing this time."

This tribute was added by Barbara Perkins on 18th July 2012

"What I know without a doubt is that Kathi's service here was completed and a job well done!  Kathi was a "get it done" person and led by example.  She was the one you would want in the trenches.  Thank you Ms. Kathi.  It was my joy to get to know you and laugh as hard as we did together. ALC and the Dems Convention will not be the same  without you. Cheers to a real Sister at the Well !"

This tribute was added by Tasha Cole on 18th July 2012

"Kathi when I think of you I think of your beautiful smile. This crazy world of politics and those of us in it will miss you. Say hello for us to our CBC angels STJ, Donald Payne, Juanita Millender McDonald and Julia Carson just to name a few."

This tribute was added by Charles Drayden on 17th July 2012

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of Kathi. Kathi was a friend to everyone and in my experience she was one of the most giving spirits I have ever met. My condolences go out to her family and friends."

This tribute was added by Melanie Campbell on 17th July 2012


I will miss your smile, your wit and your sisterly love.  Kiss Ruby and Adrienne for me.  Love you more."

This tribute was added by Jaiza Page on 17th July 2012

""And I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Write this down: Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from all their toils and trials; for their good deeds follow them!"
- Revelation 14:13."

This tribute was added by Sharron Turner on 17th July 2012


You were so wonderful to me.  We had such a great time.  Your laugh is forever in my head and in my heart.  I love you Kat.  Rest well.  Your impact in this world is tremendous.  Thank you for being my friend."

This tribute was added by Cora Thompson on 17th July 2012

"Kathi, thank you for being my friend, and the friends of many others.  You have helped so many people on the Hill that you have earned your wings as an angel.  Even though I am sadden that you are gone, I will always remember the times we had together and the talks we had.  You will not be forgotten.  God bless your family during this time of sorrow."

This tribute was added by glenda gill on 17th July 2012

"My BFF, Sister, Counselor and Shero!  You have made a major imprint on my life that can never be erased. I will think of all the times we shared, places we've visited, laughter unparalleled, times of strategy and our Lucy and Ethel moments that have brought us to tears. Your kind, giving heart will be missed by us all ...your spirit lives on within us!"

This tribute was added by Dina Curtis on 17th July 2012

"Kathi was like family to all of us at the MLK Memorial and I will miss her so much. Rest in peace Kathi."

This tribute was added by Larry Green on 17th July 2012

"Kathi...You will be truly missed.  My condolences go out to her family and friends."

This tribute was added by Cynthia Buggage on 17th July 2012

"Dear Kathi,
Your kindness and straight forward way was always received in good measure and always on time. You have touched so many, me included. I am forever thankful. May God Bless your family and your soul, eternally."

This tribute was added by Patrice Willoughby on 17th July 2012

"We will miss your warmth, intellect, and laughter shared by so many.

"Well done, good and faithful servant...Share the happiness of your master." Matthew 25:23"

This tribute was added by nicole west on 17th July 2012

"Kathi you will truly missed. Kathi was an amazing person. She was always so kind and considerate to me. Her passing will not only leave a void in our lives, but in the hearts of everyone who knew her. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with the family and her many friends. With deepest sympathy, Nicole C. West"

This tribute was added by Stacy Barton on 17th July 2012

"My heartfelt condolences to Kathi's family and friends.  Those of us who were blessed to know her will forever remember her beautiful smile, loving heart, and joyful spirit."

This tribute was added by Nancy Harvin on 17th July 2012

"Kathi--although I did not know you for long, I do know that you were a force of nature who lived life fully, with purpose, with intensity, and had a good time in the process!  Your spirit remains part of us.  God bless; rest well sister."

This tribute was added by David Youngblood on 17th July 2012

"I recall with great joy our last meeting at the Democratic Club. The very last thing we did was hug and say "I love you". Wow, I could not have imagined that would be the last time I would see you. Thank you Kathi for all you have been and done!"

This tribute was added by Irene Bianca S on 17th July 2012

"Kathi was such a constant in my Capitol Hill experience! I will always remember her words of encouragement, warm heart and ability to put a smile on everyone's faces on the hardest days. Let us all carry those attributes in her absence.  Rest in peace Kathi!
- Irene B. Schwoeffermann"

This tribute was added by Yebbie Watkins on 17th July 2012

"Kathi, when I think of you, I think of the FUN you brought to this place (Capitol Hill),  A real joy to know you as a colleague and as a friend. We are all comforted that you took life by the horns and "Did it your way."   See you in the morning."

This tribute was added by Tom Logans on 17th July 2012

"I am totally lost for the words to describe my feelings of sadness and loss. I will  truly miss you, my "Super Sister"! It was all good! Thanks for being part of my life!"

This tribute was added by Ingrid Gavin-Parks on 17th July 2012

"Thank you for your laughter, love, and smile and for being an inspiration to so many of us on Capitol Hill... May God Be with your family during this difficult time..."

This tribute was added by DeBorah Posey on 17th July 2012

"My prayers to her family and friends.  Our lives were truly enriched by Kathi.  I thankful for her "keeping it real".  Your encouragement and inspiration around Capitol Hill will be greatly missed!!"

This tribute was added by Barbara Wallace on 17th July 2012

"Kathi, I loved you so much.  You were a wonderful friend for 30 years.  You worked hard and played hard.  I am so sorry for you unfortunate death.  But, I will always remember our good times and your generosity.  I will see you later."

This tribute was added by Richard Mattox on 17th July 2012

I will forever treasure our friendship.  You taught me so much and I will be forever grateful.  You taught me how to smile and laugh in difficult situations.  I am so sorry to hear of your passing.  While in shock, I can stake comfort in knowing that you still lives in all of us that you mentored. See you on the otherside."

This tribute was added by leon buck on 17th July 2012

"Kathi: Thank you for being my mentor, my friend, and for giving me my start on Capitol Hill.  I will miss that bellowing laugh, that million dollar smile and your constant teasing which was always in good fun.  You have left such an indelible imprint on so many of us.  So long my friend and hopefully we'll meet again."

This tribute was added by Ted Hutchinson on 17th July 2012

"Thank you Kathi for giving a young arrogant, know-it-all attorney from Miami the opportunity to work on the Hill.  Thank you for having my back, serving as a mentor, and making me smile when I needed it most.  I would have never made it in DC without you.  I am forever grateful for the positive impact you had on my life.  I will never forget that laugh! My heart goes out to your family."

This tribute was added by Robin Wilson on 17th July 2012

"My prayers go out to Kathi's family."

This tribute was added by Abbie Brothers on 17th July 2012

"We will miss most about Kathi is her optimism and embracing spirit.  She was such a joy to be around and we will never forget the hospitality she provided us during Obama's inaugural. We pray now for her family and friends. Kathi is in a good place right now and we are grateful.

Abbie & Rudolph Brothers"

This tribute was added by Antonier White on 17th July 2012

"What a wonderful person.Great spirit. I will always remember that great laugh. God bless Kathi."

This tribute was added by Tom Combs on 17th July 2012

"My dear friend we will miss your kindness,rich spirit
And wonderful laugh
We love you"

This tribute was added by Tyra Broadway on 17th July 2012

"Hearing this was a total shock! Kathi will be sorely missed."

This tribute was added by Vanessa Williams on 17th July 2012

"Our condolences to the family and friends of Kathi. She will be missed by all who were blessed to know her and work with her. May God keep you during this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Sharon Owens on 17th July 2012

"How blessed we are to have had the pleasure of knowing Kathi and sharing in her good times and challenging times as well. She always made you laugh and think. Doug & I will miss you and always think of you with a smile on our face. We love you."

This tribute was added by LaDedra Drummond on 16th July 2012

"My condolences. My heartfelt sympathies to her family and friends. Kathi will remain close to our hearts."

This tribute was added by LaCreda Drummond on 16th July 2012

"So sorry to hear this news. Prayers to her family... She was such a kind, caring, compassionate person... She will be missed."

This tribute was added by Stacie Fujii on 16th July 2012

"You were so much to so many. We love you dearly."

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