When Katrina Chester died May 15 at age 65, the Anytown community lost a lifelong advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. She left a lasting impact.
Kat fought passionately for the elimination or reduction of physical barriers, from sidewalks lacking curb cuts to playgrounds lacking accessible equipment.
In 2010, Kat spearheaded the effort for a fully accessible playground in Central Anytown. Leveraging grant funding that she had applied for and secured, Kat and her team appeared weekly at Parks Commission meetings and ultimately the City Council, until the playground became a reality.
Kat was born April 3, 1957 in Othertown, OR, and moved to Anytown in her 20s after graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in mechanical engineering. She worked for Anytown Widgets, rising to the level of executive vice president.
She leaves behind her mother, Judy; a sister, Michelle; her nieces, Shelby and Colby; and numerous friends. Kat was preceded in death by her husband, Colin, and their precious daughter Neveah.
In lieu of a memorial service, Kat will be remembered at a ceremony at the playground, which will be renamed the Chester Memorial Playground. Please consider donating to the causes that Kat supported.
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