Our beautiful Kathleen “Kitty” Pong, 78, of Denver passed away on Sunday, November 6th, 2022. She died peacefully at home, surrounded by love. Kitty was born in Winona, Minnesota to Oscar and Adele Ties. She spent her early years on the farm with her five sisters and three brothers. After graduating from college, she took her first-ever airplane ride- to Australia! While there, she met her lifelong partner, Ray. The duo taught together overseas, traveled, adventured, and made lifelong friends in every port. Eventually, they settled in Denver, Colorado where they made a home and raised their two children, Zachary and Whitney.
To know Kitty was to know warmth. She was always quick with a smile and had a great sense of humor. She could make anyone feel like an old friend, and in her own words, she could ‘talk to a fence post.’ Kitty found so much joy in life’s simple pleasures. She worked at a garden store because she loved the smell, kept sharpeners around the house because she loved a perfectly pointed pencil, and oh- the pens! She loved her pens. Her stationery collection was also impressive, and she was an incredible correspondent- whether in postcard, birthday card, or letter form. After a few years of being unable to communicate and move freely, she is now able to fly with the butterflies, and flit among the fenceposts.
Kitty will be missed beyond words. She made the world a kinder, brighter place. A celebration of life will be held in spring of 2023, details to follow.