Kathleen M. “Kathy” Queen, age 74, of Cheshire entered into rest on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at her home. She was born the 21st of October 1947 in Holyoke, MA. She was the daughter of Marion C. and William J. Queen late of Cheshire.
She graduated from Old Saybrook High School and Western New England College. From 1977 until retirement in 2015 she was the Executive Director of the Wallingford Community Daycare Center. Kathy was a fierce advocate for early childhood education funding and a force to be reckoned with at the state capitol giving a voice to the children and families of Connecticut. She became a realtor before retirement, working with Coldwell Banker up until January 2022. Travelling around Connecticut showing homes was a task she considered enjoyment rather than work. Outside of work she devoted herself to the training of dogs and their people. Kathy was a founding member of the Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue and she and her dogs participated in many searches for missing people. Her Newfoundlands became icons in the region both for their rescue work and service missions in hospitals and schools. She was a devoted parishioner of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Cheshire where she sang regularly in the choir.
Kathy is preceded in death by her beloved Rev. Rowan Greer; her parents; and her brother, LT William J. Queen Jr., U.S. Army. She leaves behind her “Rental Kid” Courtney Murtha of Manchester; her two grandchildren, Brennan and Phoebe Emery also of Manchester; and cousins, Peggy (Stephen) Stephanian of Simsbury; Michael (Sara) Barrett of Charleston, SC; Steven (Ruth) Barrett of Summerville, SC; John “Skip” Queen of Hebron; Betty Queen of Mexico; Alice Marie Eagan of Enfield and her “kids” Neil Anderson and Delia Sheehan Queen.
A very special thanks to her dearest friends who provided extraordinary care and comfort.
Kathy’s funeral service will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on April 2nd, 2022 at 10:30 am. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Memorial Garden. We hope she enjoys this; she never missed an obituary or a funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to thatnewfoundlandplace.org or Association for the Education of Young Children, 415 Silas Dean Hwy, Suite 402, Wethersfield, CT 06109. The Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire has been entrusted with her care.