July 4, 1957 ~ June 16, 2022

Born in: Winter Park, FL
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Kathleen Ruth Kos, age 64, of Asheville, passed away on June 16, 2022 in Buncome county, where she had lived for 17 years, after losing her home to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She was born in Winter Park, Florida on July 4, 1957. She was the wife of Frank Kos, and the daughter of Ruth Hall Carrick, and is also survived by her brother Mike Carrick, her daughter Lilli Rayne and her grandsons Trafton and Tristan Kos. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Franklin Gilbert Carrick.

A self-described ‘Happy Nomad’, Kathleen had lived in Venezuela, Kuwait, and Lebanon where she attended the American Community School in Beirut. With a gift for language, she never hesitated to engage with locals in communities all over the world. Upon returning to the United States, Kathleen lived for some time in Arizona, and Nevada before settling down in Biloxi, Mississippi.

When the Katrina hurricane demolished their home, she and Frank found a warm embrace by the citizens of Asheville who opened their doors and their hearts to those whose lives were devastated by flood. Kathleen, also known as Kacie, or Katie established a business in Asheville, operating Katie’s Treasure Chest at Smiley’s Flea Market in Hendersonville. Those of you fortunate to have engaged with her will remember her as warm, outgoing, and easy to talk to. If you were a small child, more often than not, you walked out with some small gift or treasure that Kathleen gave away for the pure joy of seeing those tiny smiles.

Sadly, Kathleen lost her life in her sixth and final battle with cancer, after a three year struggle with pancreatic cancer. Those who knew her well know that despite her continual struggle with this relentless disease, she remained upbeat, cheerful, and positive throughout her many medical struggles and setbacks. She was always ready with a joke and determined to live her best life against all odds.

With the courage of a lion and the soul of a warrior, she wanted it to be known that she refused to Go Gently into that Good Night.

The family will receive friends between 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Sunday, August 7, at the Scenic Park Clubhouse on 1314 Tunnel Road, in Asheville. Those who wish to express condolences are invited to sign the Guestbook and express their farewell sentiments. For those International friends or those unable to attend, condolences may be offered to the family under Mrs. Kos’ obituary at https://www.grocefuneralhome.com/obits/kathleen-ruth-carrick-kos/

In lieu of flowers, Kathleen has asked that she be remembered by a donation to the American Cancer Society, in her name.

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.

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  1. Aunt Kacie always had a fun story to tell either just something funny that happened throughout her day or the amazing times she had in her youth traveling and living in different parts of the world. I always looked forward to her stories and fun loving attitude towards life. No matter what was going on she always seemed happy and gave out positive energy.

    She recently shared with me one of her favorite memories of her and I when I was a baby and that meant so much to me. I have so many wonderful memories of her and Uncle Frank growing up that I’ll always cherish.

    I’ll miss you Aunt Kacie.
    Bye for now

  2. My heart is broken to learn of her passing. She and I had some very similar parallels in life and she was always supportive and loving. She cared very much about the world beyond her.
    After all she endured, may she truly rest in peace.
    With condolences and much love to her family.

  3. Dearest Sister, today would have been your 65th birthday and I miss you very much. Your courage and your strength in the face of cancer have been remarkable and throughout this entire ordeal you continued caring lovingly for Mom and Frank and you still had the capacity to joke, laugh and enjoy life. The picture shows you in the last weeks of your time with us and it shows the joy you brought to life. Our Dad would have been SO proud of you.
    I love you.

  4. Thank you for being a warm, kind, and fun loving stepmother. I am blessed to have been a part of your life for so many great years. I always looked forward to spending my summer months with you through my younger years. I got to experience so many great moments and have so many wonderful memories of our times together. Even at times when things weren’t your cup of tea you were all in in trying to enjoy them as a family and try something new. You always showed me a lot of love and you very big hearted and generous. You will be missed not only by me but by my children and all others that got to meet you throughout your life. Things will never be the same for me for I have known you my entire life.


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