Kathryn Beeler

Kathryn Elizabeth Beeler

Kathy Beeler left this planet to move on to her next adventure on Sunday, February 27, 2022. She transitioned peacefully in her Kanab home, surrounded by love.

She was born on November 21, 1953 in Philadelphia, PA. to James W. and Elizabeth H. Beeler.  She was their second of four children.  Kathy’s father was in the Navy so she grew up living all over the country.  During her youth, she lived in Texas, California, Iowa, Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia, and finally Texas.

She attended Arlington High School in Arlington, Texas until 1971. After high school, she worked various jobs eventually becoming the manager at several Cheddars restaurants in Arlington. While working there she pursued her college degree in Communications and became the Director of Texas Hall at the University of Texas at Arlington.

After several years at Texas Hall, she left and started an Antique store in Grand Prairie, Live Oak Antiques. After a couple of years running the Antique store she decided to sell the store and open several booths in various Antique Malls in the DFW area. She also became a Master Gardener, contributing to her love of gardening.

During this time, she discovered her true calling, the care of unwanted and abandoned animals. Initially it was just cats. She started the UTA Campus Cat Coalition, and was instrumental in the Trap Neuter Return movement (TNR) in Arlington and surrounding areas. Trapping feral cats, spaying/neutering the cats and returning them back where they came from has saved countless feline lives. Kathy eventually expanded her horizons to include any and all animals who might need any kind of support.

It was this love of animals that finally drew her to move to Kanab, Utah (the location of Best Friends Animal Society). She packed up her animals in a trailer and moved everything to Kanab in the middle winter of 2016.  

Once she got settled in, Kathy started her volunteer work at Best Friends. A year or so later, she started a health food store, Kanab Natural Market in Kanab. Unfortunately, after a few years, she decided to sell the store due to ill health. 

Kathy is preceded in death by her father Jim and her mother Beth. Kathy is survived by her brother Jim and his wife Linda, her sister Karen and her husband Wayne, her sister Patricia and her husband Andrew. She is also survived by 11 nieces and nephews and many grand nieces and nephews, her best friend and caregiver, Char, and her many fur babies. 

Kathy would be proud to know that by her donation, (thanks to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, Brain Support Network, and the Mayo Clinic), her brain will advance research, understanding, and awareness. Contributions in memory of  Kathryn Beeler can be made to the Brain Support Network, PO Box 7264, Menlo Park, CA 94026, www.brainsupportnetwork.org.

Better yet, if you cared about Kathy Beeler, consider adopting a plant-based lifestyle, and Go Vegan. She would love nothing more.



  1. Danelle Rhiner March 2, 2022 at 12:13 am - Reply

    My condolences, I knew of Kathy through Char and their many adventures. May she Rest In Peace and health!

  2. Stanlee Cox March 2, 2022 at 1:00 am - Reply

    Now I understand so much more!
    Kathy’s life was meaningful and has great value.
    And ..
    I thought it would be less emotionally dramatic …. I was wrong.

    Happy Departs Earth Tomorrow,
    March 2nd at 1:00pm
    via the Lap of Love
    (mere days short of completing 19 years.)

    Those of you that have known him are welcome to come say goodbye. He may or may not know you’re here…

  3. Chandra in Destin, Florida March 2, 2022 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    We will all miss you dearly.
    Bless the giving life you lead Kathy.
    We will all see you in our next part of the fabulous journey.
    She will get it all organized for all of us to come.
    I will miss Kathy’s off the cuff honesty with a twist. Best heart ever.
    See you soon and you made a endless impact on this earth thru many others and lots of fuzzy babies lives.
    All who knew Kathy should be proud to have called her their family , their friends or maybe you we’re educated thru her practices. She was beyond awesome and I’m so fortunate to have known her.
    True teachers are rare by example. She was fearless and accomplished and driven to do it all to the best of her ability.
    God Bless Kathy and all living creatures on this earth.
    World peace to all.
    And tell your loved 1s they are loved daily… Life is short.


  4. Barbara DeGrande March 2, 2022 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Kathy made a huge contribution to the future wellbeing of homeless and vulnerable animals in the Arlington/Grand Prairie area. She was instrumental in TNR being implemented, help the Grand Prairie CAT CREW get off the ground and promoted compassionate care for others all her life. She worked side by side with us at an animal sanctuary and attended vegan advocacy meetups too. She fought for what was right all her life, no matter the consequences. She touched thousands of precious lives. She will be remembered in the rescue community as well as the vegan community. My thoughts are with her family and friends.

  5. Rhiannon Bryan March 3, 2022 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Very sad news. Loved chatting in the Natural Goods store. She was always very sweet & kind. Sending thoughts and love to all her family and friends

  6. Lynda Corkum March 4, 2022 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Kathy connected with myself thru Arlington TX shelter. She was helpful guidance of the ins and outs of rescue. Met Char as an amazing foster momma to multiple furbabies. Tears and Angel Wings.

  7. Jini Barile March 24, 2022 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Aunt Kathy always had a beautiful smile. She was always warm and welcoming; she gave great hugs and always gave the most unique gifts. More recently she had sent a box of little surprises for my little boy – inviting us to come see beautiful Utah sometime. I’m saddened that plans were never made and we missed another hug. I’m so thankful that she had loving friends and a wonderful community there.
    Aunt Kathy, I love you ❤️ And we miss you 😘

  8. Paul Cathey April 30, 2022 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Kathy was the best boss I ever had and we kept in communication through the years. We will miss her dearly.
    Paul and Tony

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