Kathryn Ann Mounkes passed away May 18, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona at the Beatitudes Campus. She was 91 years old.
Kathryn was born in Reading, Kansas to William and Mary Geraghty. Upon High School graduation, she moved to Topeka, Kansas for employment before eventually marrying Kenneth in 1952. She began her career in the workplace soon after, while also raising four children. During her storied life, she found her eventual lifelong career in the banking industry, receiving promotions along the way. She retired in 1997 as Vice President of Support Systems for Caliber Bank.
She found great purpose by volunteering with Arizona Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and it became her most meaningful work. She, along with her husband Kenneth, helped blaze a trail to bring a much-needed voice for those suffering with serious mental illness, and with the help of many other dedicated volunteers, helped bring about meaningful changes to the State health system. She was a member of St. Helen's Catholic Church where she was an Eucharistic Minister, a Perpetual Adoration volunteer and when time allowed, volunteered with St. Vincent de Paul. Kathryn is remembered for her quiet strength and her fierce dedication to her family. She had a warm, beautiful, and inviting smile that became her signature trademark most especially in her later years.
Kathryn is survived by her children, Cynthia K. Jakubowski (Harry), Mary E. King (Richard), James A. Mounkes, Steven A. Mounkes; grandchildren, Kori A. Lacy and Rachel K. Lawrence (Eric). Great grandchildren include Kenzy Lacy, Michelle Lawrence, and Zachary Lawrence. Preceding her was her loving husband, Kenneth Mounkes, (sister) Helen Newton, (brother) Wayne Geraghty, (sister) Margaret Greer, (brother) Patrick Geraghty, and (brother) James Geraghty.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas, 13720 West Thomas Road, Avondale Arizona, 85392, May 25, 2023, at 1:00PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Barrow Neurological Foundation in Kathryn's honor.
"Everyone who has ever known me, friends and family, know how much I loved my Grammy. I remember as a little girl I would go over to their house every weekend. We would make pancakes together, I would make flower soup using all of her fun cooking utensils. They took me to church with them every Sunday and she would let me doodle while sitting on the little bench. I thought it was so fun to "stand up then sit down then kneel" :) No matter what was going on in her life she made the best of it or found a way to make it better. She was a warrior like no other. She handled everything she did with such grace, I can only hope to be like her. She was there for me every time I needed her. I thank God everyday that she was able to spend time with my daughter Kenzy. She was so good with Grammy when she was at the Beatitudes. Kenzy would help her when we came up to play bingo with her. She gave the best advice and the best hugs. She will always be in my heart and I will continue to ask her for advice. I love you more than you will ever know and I am so glad you have gone home and aren't in any more pain. I love you. I miss you. You are my heart."