My Mom, Kathi Rank
Whether she was knocking back whiskey or getting into the finer details of financial analysis, she was frequently the best at whatever she was doing. She made friends and then family of her many colleagues and clients over her years as a CPA and a business consultant. Her organizational skills were surpassed only by her ability to find the perfect words in any situation, and her "Kathi-isms" will continue to be remembered and repeated by those she impacted.
Whatever hobbies she chose--and there were many--she pursued them with an unparalleled enthusiasm. She was equally passionate about camping and studying architecture; equally happy collecting obscure stamps for her National Parks passport or exploring her favorite cities - Chicago, New Orleans or New York City. She truly was a master traveler who could just as easily plan a tour itinerary for a solo adventure, a family of four, or a group of 60 sewing enthusiasts. Her sewing creations were legendary: dresses, baptismal to bridesmaids; cherished Christmas PJs for all; countless shirts to chase her husband’s girth; theatrical costumes; and so much more. All it took was a simple, “Kathi, think you could make me a …?”, to get one of her machines purring.
Over the years, she volunteered her time and talent as the Treasurer to many local charities. She hosted the best parties and could keep any audience rapt with her stories. Tap dancing was another favorite activity. Happily married to Bob for 43 years, Kathi was a deeply dedicated mom for Megan and Lauren, and the proudest Gram to Lucy and Arlo. The anticipated arrival of a grandson kept her fighting the cancer off. She achieved that goal, sharing hours of cuddles over their shared 35 days.
Kathi will best be known as someone who cared enough to listen and to tell you what you needed to hear (whether it was what you wanted to hear or not). She was a straight shooter and people knew where they stood with her. Her mentorship, clear guidance, and unwavering support will be missed.