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10 October 2016 @ 02:11 pm
Kathryn Lynn Yule 1961-2016  
Kathryn Lynn Yule (nee Barbara) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to William and Marilynn Yule and died of brain cancer at her home in Portland, Oregon at the age of 55. She attended Kennewick High School and Lewis and Clark College, where she majored in foreign languages and spent a year abroad in Munich. After working for the Red Cross as an administrative assistant and then for some years as a clerical temp, she retired early and spent her time knitting, traveling, square dancing, and attending science fiction conventions with her husband, science fiction writer David D. Levine. They were together for thirty-two years and married for twenty-five.

Kate was passionate about travel, languages, and reading. An accomplished speaker of German, French, and Spanish, she also studied Japanese, Italian, Dutch, Czech, Gaelic, Catalan, and American Sign Language. Countries visited included England, Scotland, Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Austria, the Czech Republic, Spain, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Australia, and Singapore. She wrote and edited the science fiction fan magazine Bento with her husband, and several square dance publications with her friend Allan Hurst. Although glioblastoma cruelly stole her ability to speak and write, she kept reading in multiple languages to the end.

Kate was also active in the knitting, gay square dance, and science fiction communities. She founded a neighborhood science fiction book group and the weekly stitch-and-bitch at Happy Knits, and served in various capacities in the Portland Science Fiction Society and Rosetown Ramblers square dance club.

Kate is survived by her husband David D. Levine, sister Susan Yule, nieces Isobel and Alexandra Wright, brother William A. Yule, and parents William D. and Marilynn Yule. Funeral services will be held on Sunday October 16 at 1:00 pm at Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Chapel in Portland, Oregon (wilhelmportlandmemorial.com). Contributions in her name may be sent to the Multnomah County Library Foundation (libraryfoundation.org). She will be greatly missed.

Kate with Wombat
 
 
 
Geri Sullivangerisullivan on October 10th, 2016 11:29 pm (UTC)
What a marvelous picture. What a marvelous woman.
wild_patiencewild_patience on October 11th, 2016 01:31 am (UTC)
Beautiful tribute, lovely picture of Kate. I didn't realize she was a polyglot. I knew her knack for knitting and fanzines and square-dancing. The composite Kate is so much more.
Karenklwilliams on October 11th, 2016 02:09 am (UTC)
I'm so very sorry for your loss. Yes, she will be greatly missed.
Lucy Huntzinger: lucy 060415athenais on October 11th, 2016 03:04 am (UTC)
This is a wonderful tribute. I love that picture. I am so very sorry for your loss, David.
billeyler: Brokeback reflection sheepbilleyler on October 12th, 2016 08:55 pm (UTC)
Still no words. Hugs.