Kathleen Anne ‘Kathy’ Laird

May 01, 1957 ‒ March 09, 2020

Marion, Ohio

The effervescent Kathleen Anne “Kathy” Laird fought a courageous three year battle with cancer, never complaining and not giving up the fight.  Kathy passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, March 9, 2020 at home.  She was 62 years old and lived most of her life in Marion.

Kathy was born in Marion, Ohio on May 1, 1957 to the late Samuel P. and Patricia Anne (Larkin) Walston.  Kathy attended Pleasant Schools graduating in 1975.  Continuing her studies, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from The Ohio State University.

Kathy met the love of her life, Larry Laird while working at Pizza Roma; the two were wed on October 10, 1987.  Together Larry and Kathy made lasting memories taking trips whenever possible especially if there was a beach involved.  Week-long trips to Florida were a must and even if their plans didn’t work out accordingly, they always had an amazing adventure.   Together Kathy and Larry were members of Elks 32, Moose 889, and VFW 7201.

Kathy loved all animals especially her dogs.  It was nothing for Kathy to use 30 pounds of bird seed in a week and all the wild neighborhood animals knew to come to Kathy’s house for a good meal and fresh water.

Kathy’s family was always of upmost importance in her life.  She was always available to help her siblings and loved to spend time with her nieces and nephews.  Being a woman of faith, Kathy was a lifelong member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Marion where she volunteered for The Harvest from the Heart and Community Outreach Committee.

Kathy was a hardworking woman dedicating 30 years of service to Jobs and Family Services in Marion retiring in 2009 as a supervisor.  Here she helped in almost every capacity, but specialized in Medicare and Medicaid assistance.  Always giving, Kathy was active in forming the Center Street Community Clinic and was a member of the steering committee for Marion Matters.  Kathy also felt called to volunteer at MARCA Industries.

Kathy is survived by her loving husband, who was always by her side, Larry; step-son, Christopher (Joely) Laird of Marion; siblings, Michelle K. (Donald) McConnell and Michael S. (Tammy) Walston both of Marion, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Kathy was preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth A. Walston.

Visitation will be held at Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel (347 West Center Street, Marion) on Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 2 until 5 pm.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Catholic Church (251 North Main Street) Monday, March 16, 2020 at 10:00 am with Father Kyle Tennant presiding.  Burial will follow at Marion Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Kathy’s honor to The Marion Dog Pound, Joyce’s Angels, or MARCA Industries.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Kingston of Marion and Kindred Hospice for the love and support they showed Kathy over the past 6 weeks.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel is honored to serve Kathy’s family.  Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • I am sending my prayers & sympathy to Kathy’s family. I graduated with Kathy. She was always smiling & positive! Such a kind soul. Always so much fun! She will be missed!

  • I met Kathy at MCWD when the Agency workers were a family. She was always welcoming and willing to answer any questions. I can still hear her purposeful walk “clicking” down the tile hall as Kathy approached, with a warm smile and a joke. My prayers are with Larry and the family.

  • How do you say how much you cared for and loved another, especially someone like Kathy. She was so vibrant and was a great supervisor and coworker. Had the opportunity to work with her in many capacities for 29 years and missed her great knowledge, humor and kindness. I remember a packed conference room for her retirement party and Job and Family services as well as the video that showed Kathy through the years. My heart goes out to Larry and the family. God Bless you all and hold you in the palm of his hand.

  • May God wrap his loving arms around Kathy as she begins her forever journey. Hugs and prayers for Larry and thr rest of the family.

  • I have been Kathy and Larry’s neighbor for that last 15 years and they have been the best. I loved coming outside to head to work in the mornings and would see Kathy letting her dogs out and having short conversations with her before and after work. With all that she went through for the law 3 years, I never saw her down or discouraged. She was always strong and made you envious in hoping that you too could be that brave in a time of trial. My wife, Jodi and I and all of our kids and Zeus (our dog that she always looked after) will miss her dearly. Prayers to Larry and your family. We will always be here for you.

  • I met Kathy at MCWD when the Agency workers were a family. She was always welcoming and willing to answer any questions. I can still hear her purposeful walk “clicking” down the tile hall as Kathy approached, with a warm smile and a joke. My prayers are with Larry and the family. Heaven just got a little wilder with our spunky Angel 😇

  • Prayers and condolences to the family and to friends. Kathy was a beautiful person, inside and out. I’m so grateful to have known her kindness.

  • Mike:
    I am sorry for your families loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers for healing and comfort.

  • Kathy was a special sweet soul. She was always so kind to me when I worked for JFS. Thinking of her husband during these rough days. I’m so glad to hear she was a women of faith!

    Deepest Condolences,
    Cortney Dodge

  • Our deepest condolences Larry. Kathy was an amazing person. And will be missed by many.

    Mike and Michelle Franklin

  • Terri and I send our condolences to all of Kathy’s family. I graduated with Kathy and hadn’t seen her since our 35th reunion. Kathy always seemed to be upbeat and optimistic. Way back when in high school and afterwards when we all hung out together, Kathy was the glue that held the gang together. She will be missed for sure.

  • I watched Kathy growing up, babysitting her and saw her becoming a beautiful young lady, later a mature and caring person . I followed her strugglers with her health, praying hard for her recovery. So sad to loose you, Kathy , you will always be in our hearts.
    To Larry , Micky and Mike with families; our prayers go out to you in this difficult time

    Uncle Mike, Aunt Elise and family in Norway.

  • I grew up as an 8 year old wishing I could be like my cousin Kathy with her beautiful dark long hair…..her smile was contagious and I only have fond memories of seeing all the love in Uncle Sam’s family. I have always admired your devoted loving family unit!!! Love to all of you- Monica