STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY
COTTONWOOD SHORES — Despite losing an eight-year battle with breast cancer, Kathy Rose Ferrell, 45, had “touched many souls out here” because she personified wisdom, optimism, and a fighting spirit, according to her loved ones and co-workers.
“She always had a huge smile on her face, and (she was) the most positive person you would ever meet, even after she was diagnosed with cancer,” said co-worker Katherine Woods, a sous chef at Horseshoe Bay Resort. “Kathy was a live-out-loud kind of person.
“She had the kind of personality where everyone was her best friend,” Woods added. “Nothing could stop her from being happy and full of love and joy.”
For her late friend, Woods is coordinating the Kathy Rose Hill Country Memorial Event from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at On the Rocks, 4401, Cottonwood Drive in Cottonwood Shores.
“This memorial will be something that everyone associates with the kind of person she was,” Woods said.
Kathy Rose, as everyone knew her, worked at Horseshoe Bay Resort from 2004-17 as a catering coordinator, a marina attendant, and, eventually, in the human resources department for the past decade.
She was so beloved for her courage and strength in the face of breast cancer treatment that the community hosted benefit fundraisers to help her defer costly medical bills, which mounted in facilities such as Houston’s MD Anderson Medical Center.
“She was adamant that everyone she came into contact with would understand how important preventative maintenance (such as breast self-examinations) was on your body,” Woods said. “She would tell people, ‘Touch yourself; you’ll live longer.’”
She died on Dec. 17, leaving her 16-year-old son without his parents; his father is deceased. Sean Ferrell, a Marble Falls High School junior, now lives with his grandparents.
The upcoming event will include memorial tributes, music, and the announcement of an educational foundation for Sean.
“He has big plans to go away to college, and we want to help with that,” Woods said. “Sean will be there (at the event). I would just like to invite everybody who can come to share a fun memory of her.”