If you are reading this it means I have gone to be with my mom and dad Carole Brophy Hood and James Hood along with countless others of my family who have gone before me. Oh me? I am Kathryn Hood Grassey, and I died of brain cancer on December 8, 2020 after what my husband of 24 years George Grassey, and my amazing daughters Lydia and Molly would say was a tough fight and a long road, especially with the pandemic hindering my access to the world. Bucks County, Pennsylvania is where I was born on December 19, 1967. Shortly after my birth I was adopted by my mom and dad and went to live with them and my older sister Theresa Hood Dupree of Muskogee, Oklahoma. I had fabulous parents, and a sister, who loved and cared for me in so many ways, and I them. After graduating from Holliston High School in 1985 I worked in the jewelry industry and in property management, and I owned a painting company named Fat Bottom Girls for many years. I have lived in many places around the U.S. from Philadelphia and Chicago to Florida and California. I met my husband George in 1993 and we married in 1996. We bought our house and moved to Hopedale, Massachusetts in 1998 to raise our daughters, Lydia and Molly who are two fantastic young women who I have cherished, loved and been proud of everyday.
My life has been beautiful, with the usual ups and downs and twists and turns that each of us face, surrounded by family and friends who I am sad to leave behind. I was predeceased by my parents, aunts and uncles and in-laws; Marylou & Francis O’Neill, Joan & Donald Brophy, my father-in-law Francis Grassey, and my brother-in-law Paul Grassey. There are so many family members that I leave behind: my godmother, my mother-in-law, a couple brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and many wonderful and loving cousins, who I was lucky to grow up with, far too many to name.
Brain cancer was not on any of the to-do lists in my life, but we do not always get to choose our path or our ending. However, looking back over my life, since my diagnosis, I can honestly say I was loved, had much fun with family and friends and enjoyed many of my days. I will miss each of those whose paths I crossed, either for months, years, or a lifetime. My life has been full of people and adventures that I have been grateful to experience. I have gone with the knowledge that many people loved me and will miss me. I know that I have been touched by so many and that you will continue to care for and love each other. When you think of me think of the many memories we made together because those memories brought me joy!
Calling hours will be held Monday December 14, 2020 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Consigli-Ruggerio Funeral Home 46 Water Street, Milford, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rockland Trust College Fund for Lydia Grassey and Molly Grassey 300 East Main St. Milford Ma 01757