Kathleen Ann (Roberts) Wakefield, age 67, died on Sunday, Jan. 7, at the South Lincoln Medical Center in Kemmerer, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born April 11, 1950, to Ted and Ann (Borino) Roberts and was the oldest of five children.
Kathy graduated from Kemmerer High School in 1969 and then attended a beauty college in Salt Lake City, Utah She returned to Kemmerer, where she met and married David Vineyard on February 18, 1972. From this marriage, four children were born: Shayne, April, Justin and Preston. Their marriage ended in 1999. Kathy later married Harvey Wakefield on June 23, 2001.
Kathy was talented at crocheting and made many gifts for her family and friends. She enjoyed spending time in the mountains, hunting and fishing. The cabin that she shared with Harvey was special to her and she loved spending time there. She especially took pride in working in the greenhouse that she and Harvey built, and enjoyed sharing what they grew with family and friends. She really loved when her children and grandchildren spent time with her at the cabin. The grandchildren have fond memories of taking walks and feeding the fish in the pond with their grandma.
Kathy’s fight against cancer was admirable. She set a great example of facing the daunting illness with courage, toughness and dignity.
She is survived by husband Harvey Wakefield of Diamondville; children Shayne Vineyard (Jennifer) of Cokeville, April Brunski (Ron) of Kemmerer, Justin Vineyard (Andi) of Kemmerer, Preston Vineyard (Kate) of Brooklyn, New York, and step-daughter Yolanda Wakefield (Steve Peck) of Diamondville. She is also survived by grandchildren Gavyn, Robert and Katlin Vineyard; Josh and Josie Haley; Cody Beesley and Theresa Sorensen; Abby, Taylor and Colter Brunski; Nicolas, Tyler and Nora Vineyard; Kera Wakefield; Victoria and Timothy Peck; and great-grandson Riley Wakefield. Surviving step-grandchildren are Keagen Rosser and Samaria and Kiersten Richards. Surviving siblings include Bonnie (Doug) Weston, Laurie (Richard) Miller and John Roberts. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Eugene Roberts and great-granddaughter Kyrae Vineyard.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Jan. 21, at Ball Family Chapel in Kemmerer, at 2:00 p.m.