December 24, 1941 - July 7, 2021
Kayte Kilfoil (born: Linda Karen Kilfoil) December 24, 1941 - July 7, 2021 Kayte Kilfoil (Linda Karen Kilfoil) was born December 24, 1941, in Gary, Indiana; first-born of 6 children. She lived with her family in Indiana, Butte, Montana and later Southern California. As a young girl she enjoyed swimming and earned a position on the Junior Olympics team. She held the Montana state record in the butterfly stroke. Kayte moved to San Diego where she met her husband, Michael. She was a stepmother to Michael’s 3 young children, Michael, Anthony and Shawna, later having her son, Daniel Kilfoil. Her passion for swimming led to teaching children as young as 6 months old to swim, including her son. She had Dan assist in the YMCA swim classes she taught by demonstrating swimming techniques. She began a career as a hairstylist in the 1970’s at her parent’s salon, The Harwick House, in Long Beach, CA. In 1982 she moved to Independence, Oregon as a single mother with a dream of being a foster parent. This is where she found her Victorian home to make her dreams a reality. Kayte fostered countless girls throughout the years, creating lifelong bonds with the young women she helped raise. She was recognized nationally for her successful program. She was involved in her community, always striving to give back to people who needed it the most. Kayte touched many lives throughout her years with her contagious laugh and beautiful smile. She was a fun and gracious, loving person. She fought a long, brave battle with colon cancer. She passed away in her brother’s home in West Salem surrounded by loved ones on July 7, 2021. A celebration of life will be held July 17, 2021, at her Independence residence. She is survived by her son John Daniel Kilfoil, stepchildren Anothony Lopez, Michael Jay Lopez, Shawna Hopkins; Grandchildren Elijah Lopez, Makayla Lopez, Zacharia Lopez, and Tobiah Kilfoil; Siblings Patrick Kilfoil (Carol), Dennis Kilfoil (Carol), Deborah Burrows (Terry), and Roberta Coco Gras along with her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother Thomas Kilfoil (Kaye), nephew Thomas (Natashia) Kilfoil and Brother-in-law Thomas Gras.
Kayte Kilfoil (born: Linda Karen Kilfoil) December 24, 1941 - July 7, 2021 Kayte Kilfoil (Linda Karen Kilfoil) was born December 24, 1941, in Gary, Indiana; first-born of 6 children. She lived with her family in Indiana, Butte, Montana and... View Obituary & Service Information
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