The first part of this obituary may seem a little odd to some of you but, believe me, I’ve been called a lot worse things than odd. Because Kathy never had an obituary in the paper for whatever reason, a lot of her friends and former coworkers continue to ask our family “How’s your sister Kathy doing?” It brings tears to my eyes when I have to tell them that Kathy has passed. The two things everyone says are “I’m so sorry for your loss and I didn’t see Kathy’s obituary in the Messenger.” That’s right, you didn’t see my sister’s obituary in the paper and I apologize for not letting everyone know that cared so much about Kathy and were concerned about her well being. I want to thank everyone who took the time to get to know my sister and considered her to be their friend, thanks again for that. So, here is my sister’s (my best friend’s) obituary.

Kathy (Kathleen) Rushford of St. Albans Bay died on Monday, June 15 at St. Albans Health and Rehab Center after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. Kathy was the third child born to a family of 10, you can only imagine what it was like for our parents. What one of us didn’t think of, the other one did. After graduating from high school, Kathy went on to further her education at Johnson State College. Before Kathy was forced to get done work because of Parkinson’s, she worked for several different government contractors for citizenship and immigration services. Her last employer was Stanley Associates. Kathy was so determined to work that she never gave up until she could no longer drive herself to work or walk without assistance. That’s what you call dedication and determination. Through Kathy’s work, she met two special ladies whom she loved and considered her sisters. They died while Kathy was still working and it bothered her that they were no longer a part of her life. Their names are Linda Baker and Mearle Bushey. It makes me happy that the three of them are now reunited in heaven.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Ronald; her two sons, Eric Marlow and Todd Marlow and his wife, Vivian; one daughter, Heather Starr; her three grandchildren, Hannah Marlow and Ashliegh and Blake Starr; her ex-husband and the father of her two sons, Greg Marlow; her brothers, Scott and Brian and his wife, Tammy Levick; her three sisters, Terri Lynne Levick, Jill and her husband, Tony Trombly, and Maureen and her husband, Donnie Conn; last but not least, our “adopted sister,” Brenda Sheets.

Kathy was predeceased by her parents, Lionel and Christine (Cox) Levick; her three brothers, Bobby, Mike, and Mark Levick; her son-in-law, Matt Starr, and her nephew, Anthony Trombly.

Rest in peace sweet sister. To those of you who have a strong bond with your sister like I did with Kathy, never ever let anyone try to break that bond. I consider the bond I had with my sister a gift from God. Not all sisters are fortunate enough to be given that gift. You can call me crazy if you want, but even in death our bond has not been broken. At the time I wrote Kathy’s obituary (which was months ago), I had three brothers. I now have two brothers. Our dear sweet brother Lionel Levick died unexpectedly on Dec. 9th. Losing two siblings in six months is heartbreaking to the Levick family. Hopefully with God’s help we will make it through Christmas for the sake of our loved ones. Rest in peace sweet sister, and brother.