Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Kathleen Mingo Kramer

Kathleen Mingo Kramer, 75, of Boise, died at home on Dec. 6, 2011, after a long illness.

She was born July 26, 1936, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Arthur and Bertha O'Halloran Mingo. She grew up in Twin Falls with her four older brothers, attending St. Edward's Catholic School and graduating in 1954 from Twin Falls High School. Kathleen worked as a legal secretary for Rayborn, Rayborn & Kramer, later for Harry Turner and finally for Kramer, Smith & Beeks. Kathleen married George Jones in 1956 and they were later divorced.

She married Norman Prentice in 1961, living in Las Vegas and Jackpot, Nev., and in Boise. They were later divorced. In 1969, she married Douglas D. Kramer in Twin Falls. In 1975, Doug was elected 5th District judge and they relocated to Hailey, then to Boise in 1989 after Doug's medical retirement.

Kathleen's passions included spending time with her family, painting, listening to jazz music, working in her garden, and supporting animal welfare and rescue organizations.

She is survived by her four children, Theresa (Mike) Gabica of Twin Falls, Kristine Watkins of Boise, Richard (Kathy) Prentice of Eagle and Samuel (Ramona) Kramer of Kuna; her half brother, Don Mingo of Pocatello; her stepdaughters Susan (John) Blumenshein and Nancy Jones of St. John, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Douglas, and her four brothers, Harry, Charles, Robert and Albert Mingo.

Kathleen was deeply loved by her family and friends and will be missed but never forgotten.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Hearts for Hospice and Bright Star Home Health for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to your local animal shelter.

A memorial service was held on Monday, Dec. 12, at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, 5400 Fairview Ave. in Boise.

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