Obituary: Kathleen West Polk 1947–Feb. 28, 2023 

KATHLEEN WEST POLK 1947– Feb. 28, 2023 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kathleen West Polk, a beloved wife, mother and teacher who touched the lives of so many. She passed away Feb. 28, 2023 at 75 years old, leaving  behind a legacy of love and kindness that will live on in the hearts of those who knew her. 

Kathy was born in Grass Valley, California, but spent most of her childhood in Arkansas. She cherished the memories of her childhood in Arkansas, and the lessons she learned there about the value of hard work and determination. Even as she moved on to pursue her dreams and passions, she carried with her the warmth and kindness that were the hallmark of her upbringing in the South.  

Kathy graduated from high school in Carlsbad, New Mexico, where she was a cheerleader and voted class favorite. She was known for her infectious smile and outgoing personality, which made her a popular figure among her peers. After graduating, she pursued her higher education at Eastern New Mexico University, where she earned a degree in education. Her passion for teaching and her natural talent for connecting with others were evident even in her early years, and it was clear that she was destined to make a difference in the lives of those around her. After completing her education, she pursued a career as a teacher in Los Alamos. She dedicated her life to nurturing and guiding the minds of young people. 

As a mother, Kathy was the embodiment of love and care. She always put her children first, ensuring they had everything they needed to thrive and succeed in life. Her unwavering support and guidance were a source of comfort and strength for her children, who grew up to become successful and accomplished adults in their own right. 

In addition to being a devoted mother and teacher, Kathy was a loving and supporting wife to her husband of 55 years. She and Jimmy were a true partnership, facing life’s challenges together and always making time for each other. Their love was a shining example to all who knew them, and their bond was unbreakable. 

Kathy cherished her four grandchildren more than anything in the world. She loved spending time with them, whether it was playing games, watching them compete, reading stories, or simply sitting and talking. Her  grandchildren brought her so much joy and happiness, and she cherished every moment she spent with them. They were the light of her life, and her legacy of love will live on through them. 

Beyond her immediate family, Kathy was always there to lend a listening ear or a helping hand. Her gentle spirit and infectious smile brought comfort and joy to those around her, and her legacy of love will continue to live on in the countless lives she touched. 

Her passing leaves a deep void in the hearts of those who knew her, but her legacy of love and kindness will continue to inspire and uplift us all. She will be deeply missed but forever remembered as a remarkable wife, mother, teacher, and human being. 

Kathy is survived by her Husband Jimmy, Daughters Rocky Polk and wife Elayne Brucker, Tana Neal and  husband Bryan, and her four grandchildren James Neal, Tyler Neal, Ruby Brucker-Polk and Shelby Brucker Polk. 

The Family will be holding a Celebration of Life in June of this year. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital –

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