Obituary Katherine Vasser

Long-time resident Katherine Vasser, peacefully passed from this earthly life to our Lord and Savior’s promised eternal peace on October 16, 2021. Born to parents Sam AJ and Nellie Cross in Bastrop, Louisiana in 1937. Married to Morris L. Vasser for 52 years, mother of four beautiful children.  Her employment career included time as a Real Estate Sales Agent, Book Keeper, Manager of two different Model Cities programs for low-income residents in Seattle/King County, Director of Senior/Minor Home Repair and she served 20 plus years until her retirement as Deputy Director of Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP) and Low-Income Heating Intervention Programs.

She was a member of various housing industry associations, a member in the congregation of New Light Christian Church under the leadership of the retired Pastor Danner until her health kept her from attending. She served the NAACP as the Freedom Fund Dance Chairman or Co-chairman for 10 plus years through the 1970’s and 1980’s, she was an ACTSO Parent, and Girl Scout Cookie Mom too many years to count, a member of the GEMS Social Club, the Ladies Sunday Book Club and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as a Silver and Life member through Delta Upsilon Omega Chapter in Seattle.

Katherine has been proceeded in death by her beloved husband Morris, her son Cottrell, parents Sam and Nellie, and 14 sisters and brothers. She leaves to mourn her a sister, Earline (Robert) Shields, Daughters; Brenda D. Vasser, Bridgett J. Vasser (Fred Jr.) Gray, and Lisa M. Vasser. Grandchildren; Destiny Gray, Doncheree Gray, Morris Gabriel Vasser Campbell, and Great-grand Daughter Elizabeth Sullivan.

Those who loved her include a host of nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews – five generations in all, as well as a plethora of additional folks who are considered extended family.

The Vasser family is concerned for the safety of all family and friends and we are encouraging everyone to celebrate the homegoing of Katherine Vasser via electronic media link rather than attempting to venture out and risk any health exposure to show your support and love for us at this time of loss. Anyone who RSVPs for attendance will be required to provide proof of vaccination & wear a face mask for the entire service. We respectfully ask, even though it will be tempting that you refrain from personal contact including hugging and kissing family members.

Services will be held via streaming media link on Friday, November 5, 2021 at this link  https://m.facebook.com/home.php?soft=bookmarks#!/Temp-page-111509804662633/

To RSVP for services please contact Brenda at [email protected]  &  Lisa at [email protected]

Service display flowers may be sent to Katherine Vasser c/o Scott Funeral Home, 1215 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Tacoma WA. Please time their arrival by November 4, 2021.

In lieu of flowers the family requests you support the Katherine Vasser Education Scholarship hosted with Dynamic Urban Opportunities Foundation, Inc. Donate to Dynamic Urban Opportunities .

DYNAMIC URBAN OPPORTUNITIES FOUNDATION, INC. The Delta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated established the Dynamic Urban Opportunities Foundation, Incorporated (DUOF) in order to extend their commitment to service in the Puget Sound area and educational scholarship for women.

  1. Charleen & Michael says:

    Well done Aunt Kathy….. Well done. Michael and I are going to be ok and we will soon again…

  2. Patricia Gail says:

    Ms Katherine, my children and I earned so much from you. You will always be remembered by us folks your extended family here in the Memphis, Tennessee area.

  3. Dana and Kenneth Morris says:

    Dear Lisa, Morris Gabriel, and the extended family. We are so sorry for your profound loss. The photograph and tribute on this site are beautiful.

  4. Renee Beck-Judge says:

    Dear Bridgett,

    It’s difficult to find the words to express how sorry I am for the loss of your mom. I have fond memories of spending time at your house when we were teenagers. Your mom was always kind and welcoming. What a wonderful legacy she leaves behind serving our black community. I pray for strength for you, Brenda, Lisa, and the rest of your family.

  5. Kerri Thibodeaux says:

    Dear Bridgett,
    I may not have seen Mrs. Vasser in sometime, but she always remained in my thoughts. Her soft spoken words and her gently smile will always leave a warm feeling in my heart. Mom’s are so amazing just like you! My prayers are with you and your family! I am here for you, my friend.

  6. Barbara A Peete says:

    R.I.H. Katherine, knowing you enriched my life.My Sincere Condolences to the Vasser Family.
    L💖ve,Barbara

  7. Thelma Simmons says:

    My “twin aunt” and role model. I don’t the vocabulary to express how much she contributed to making me the woman I am today. I thank God for her. Your loss is my loss, too. May she Rest In Peace and power!

  8. Cydney Barnes says:

    Brenda, Bridget and Lisa, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Aunt Kathy body maybe gone, but her memories will live in each of us forever. Love you all, Cydney

  9. David C Hart says:

    As I was one of Katherine’s investment representatives for nearly 30 years, she was a wonderful client and a great friend. We extend to her family our sincerest condolences.
    David & Catherine Hart

  10. The Coopers says:

    Brenda we are sorry for your loss and your mother was a great woman and lived her life fully. We love you.
    The Coopers of Tacoma
    Xavier Keysha Dawn and Lora Markiss Ron Janine and the 5 great granddaughters. Blessings and Love

  11. Patricia Powell says:

    My prayers goes up for Sis. Bridgett V. Gray and the rest of her family for the loss of her dear mother, the late Katherine Vasser. May God ease your pain and give you the necessary strength to endure your time of bereavement. Remember “weeping endures for a night, but joy comes in the morning”. Stay steadfast in the Lord and all will be well for you and with you. God’s Blessings Forever.

  12. Cathy Thomas says:

    Brenda, I truly appreciated the manner in which you took care of your mother, Ms. Katherine, who was soft spoken, fashionably dressed, and truly admired. Your care for her before and throughout her illness will be a solace to you during the days ahead. I and the other book club members are grateful for Ms. Katherine’s role in what was planned as a “one-time” book club meeting in the late 1990 era but, thankfully, it is still in existence today. Thank you for the love you demonstrated for her. Rest in peace Ms. fashionable Katherine Vasser

  13. Regina Scott says:

    Aunt Kathy,
    I will always cherish the kindness you showed, your thoughtfulness and the encouraging words you shared. You will be missed. Rest In Peace,

  14. Cheryl Warte Sellers says:

    To the Vasser Family we are praying with and for you through this difficult time. Aunt Kathy will be truly missed

    Love
    The Sellers, Alexander & Wartel Family

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