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Kathleen Mae Newman

June 18, 1957 May 31, 2015
Kathleen Mae Newman
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Kathleen Mae Newman

Kathleen Mae Newman, 57, of Brandon, Fla., passed away Sunday, May 31, 2015. Although Kathy was born, on June 18th, 1957, in North Tonawanda, N.Y., (a little town between Buffalo and Niagara Falls, and her mother's home town), she spent most of her early childhood through early-teens deploying with her family to various Military Bases in the United States and Germany. This was dependent on her father, The Master Sargent, orders, who properly served for 22 years in the Army. When not living on bases the family lived in N. Tonawanda surround by her mother's large Italian family. Kathy loved spending time and helping Grandmother and Grandfather Camarre. Grandmother (Mae) would take Kathy shopping for helping her and she bought Kathy her first pair of fishnet stocking at the age of 13, and yes mother had a fit. She also loved going to work with her Aunt Lucy Kubrick because when they would come home Uncle Jimmy (Lucy's Husband) would have the pink Champagne opened and ready for them and then Uncle Jimmy would take Kathy home on the back of his motorcycle, the long way, what fun they had together. Kathy always loved to play. When living in White Sandy N.M. one of her favorite games was calling for the wolves. Late at night she would wake the other kids, she would make them go outside to call for the wolves, (yes there were wolves out there) and of course dad would hear the racket and yell out the window that he is coming out there. That is all it took for fear to strike the kids except for Kathy who would a still have smile on and be laughing on the inside, she was having fun! In Germany, Kathy began (unknowingly) a lifelong commitment to the Girl Scout, she was the first of the sisters to join the scouts and her Mother was the one of the Trooper Leaders in Germany. At least once a month, a camping trip was in order usually on the grounds of an old castle or in one of the grand old forests. Singing, dancing, camp fires, writing poems, camping, the stars, teaching others, taking care of her sisters and having fun were becoming natural to her at a very early age. She moved to Brandon with her family in 1972 when her father retired from the Army. She graduated from Brandon Senior High School in 1975, in which she was on the Eagle Staff as a yearbook staff photographer a passion that stay with her always and resulted in over 20 photo albums not counting the hundreds of loose photos, she also belonged to the largest club at the time the Para-Med, which were for those interested in medicine, Leonard's, the high school's very own literary magazine, and Student Government. During her time in High School and after she acquired lifelong friends that Kathy and her immediate family consider family. Holiday dinners were always fun because you never knew who Kathy would bring along, Peter, Mark, Stanley, Kendra, Terry Kathy Maguire, Terri, Sandi, Dana, and list goes on, thanks to my sister Kathy, we acquired more brothers and sisters to live, love and laugh with. Of course there was a secret test, if the person that came over would have the guts to talk to the Master Sargent, dad, and stay talking with him then they were okay. Kathy would always have a smile on her face, because she knew her friends would do so right away. Kathy (also known as Badger) strengthened her commitment to the Girl Scout after High School in becoming camp counselors at Camp Dorothy Thomas in Fla, and at Camp Standing Indian in Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina (BTW donated by Wayne and Dorothy Thomas around 1944). She loved teaching the young girls, whether earning their badges, playing sports, talking about life, telling scary story at night around the fire, and then having to stay up with the young ones who became really scared to go to bed. Kathy also earned A.S. from Hillsborough Community College in Criminal Justice and a second A.S. from Nova Southeastern University in Computer Science. She was a student of life and love learning, and would have stay taken classes throughout her life if she had time and life permitted. While living in Georgia she became an Honorary Member of the United Cherokee Nation and acquired a second father, whom she simply called Chief, he taught her the Tsalagi cultural, spirits, and way of healing. Kathy was grateful for this rite and was very gracious for this relationship. Protection of animals, of all kinds, by supporting and sometimes being active in Green Peace, Save the Whale by way of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Humane Society, ASPCA The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project are the most prevalent groups that Kathy thoroughly believed in and thought could make a difference with the needed support and help obtained. Additionally, reading, being with friends, concerts, good movies, soulful music, laughing, a good looking man or women, spending special time with those she loved, playing with her nieces, nephew, and great-nieces were all passions of her, and part of her life. However, above all Kathy's life was changed the day her son was born. She had found the absolute love that very few of us will ever have the joy of obtaining. As she put it:
The happiest, unconditional loving moment of my life was holding my son for the first time; Masaud Jamal Harmon born September 4th, 1988. The moment that took my breath, heart, soul, and life away was finding my son had gone away without me by his side. The moment I wait for is rejoining Masaud again. Kathy, was preceded in death by her son, Masaud Jamal Harmon; mother, Geraldine M. Newman; brothers, Joseph (Joey) E. Newman III, Mark Wood, and Stanley Willis ; Life Partner, Tony Harmon; niece, Brandi Newman. Kathy is survived and now watching over us like she always has, by her loving father, Joseph E. Newman Jr.; sisters Cynthia K. and Mary B. Newman, Sandi Keene-Carnes and Terri Sexton-Harburg; brothers, Shannon Keene, Peter Merlin, and Timothy Brown; nieces, Tarah M. Underberg, Paula Jo Underberg-Abboud, and Melinda G. Newman; nephew in-law, Roger Abboud; along with several close friends, Aunts and Uncles and extended family members locally and in New York, and her many great nieces and nephews, which she loved dearly and found enjoyment in playing with them.

Funeral Information

Services will be held 2:00 P.M. Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Southern Funeral Care, 10150 Riverview Drive, Riverview, Fla., with the family receiving friends one hour prior to services. A reception, with refreshments, will follow.
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