Services honoring the life of Katelyn Monroe will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Claremore. Kate passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, March 27, 2017 at the tender age of 24.
Kate was born Feb. 22, 1993 at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa. She was born three months prematurely, weighing only two pounds and spent her first few months of life in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit surrounded by a team of dedicated professionals. She was born a fighter and demonstrated fierce determination throughout her short life.
She later became an ambassador for the March of Dimes which was instrumental in her survival. She was baptized on Dec. 26, 1993 at Asbury Methodist Church in Tulsa. At the age of three, Kate moved to Austin, Texas, with her family for a year and a half.
Upon returning to Oklahoma, Kate began school in Bixby. She and her family moved to the Verdigris area in 2002 where she completed the third through twelfth grades. Kate was a member of First United Methodist Church in Claremore where she was confirmed in the sixth grade.
She graduated from Verdigris High School in 2011 where she was involved in soccer, the science club, and served as the football manager. Kate was voted Football Homecoming Queen her senior year.
Kate then attended Rogers State University in Claremore before transferring to Oklahoma State University her junior year.
She joined Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and was involved in many campus organizations such as the Homecoming Outreach Committee, Public Relations Student Association, and many others. She graduated with a B.A. in Strategic Communications in December of 2015. In January of 2016, Kate began working for the marketing department of OSU-Tulsa. She started her master's degree in Healthcare Administration and began working for OSU Family Medicine in August of 2015. She had just received her cap and gown for her May graduation ceremony and had started interviewing for jobs out of state, eager to begin her new chapter in life.
Kate will be remembered for her beautiful smile and her caring thoughtfulness. She was a genuine soul who saw the good in everyone. Kate would often go out of her way to do for others. She was a loyal sister , friend, and a loving and devoted daughter and grand-daughter. Kate was a great enthusiast of music and movies. She was a wonderful cook and loved spending time with her friends and her beloved dog, Leo. She will be missed more than words can express.
Kate is survived by her parents, Dee and Mike Monroe, her twin brother Austin and her younger brother Tyler and her maternal grandparents, Loren and Dena Erichsen and her Uncle Eric and wife Ayumi of Tokyo and Uncle Aaron Lehl of Honolulu, and numerous cousins and extended family members who loved and cherished her. She was preceded in death by her paternal great-grandparents Elvest and Ruby Lehl, maternal great-grandparents LaVon and Ruth Dennett, her maternal grandfather Dan Lehl, and paternal grandparents Earl Monroe, Ellen Monroe Heltzel, and Alvin Heltzel.
Published on March 31, 2017