Kathleen Lin Oi Yee

Dec 6, 1945 - Sep 2, 2022

Obituary

Kathleen Lin Oi Yee was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 6, 1945. She died September 2, 2022 after complications of intestinal surgery. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Benjamin Yee and her parents Kim Sen (Jerry) and Hilda Pang. She is survived by her sister Toyie Yonemoto, brother-in-law Gary Yonemoto, daughters Jennifer Scanavino and Stephanie Yee-Guardino, their husbands Robert Scanavino and Jason Guardino, and her three grandchildren Sofia, Vinny, and Lucia Guardino.

After graduating from USC (“fight on” she would say while holding up her 2 finger salute), Kathy had a lifetime career working for the Internal Revenue Service as a corporate auditor. She was highly regarded and respected for her knowledge and meticulous attention to detail. She was always a reliable consult for family and friends with tax questions.

Kathy retired early so she could spend more time and travel with Ben. Kathy was a loving wife, and cared for Ben who lived many years with Alzheimer’s Disease. She applied her knowledge as a caregiver into volunteering countless hours at the Alzheimer’s Association. Many of these hours were spent on the phones, advising other local families and caregivers. She appeared on TV and in print, always happy to represent what became her favorite charitable group. Kathy also raised thousands of dollars for the association by supporting their Walk to End Alzheimer’s, every year she would captain her fundraising team called “Ben’s Ohana”.

Those who know Kathy know she loved to travel – she had visited every continent except Antarctica, which was actually planned but cancelled due to the pandemic. She and Ben were both adventurous, and enjoyed seeing new places and cultures, collecting travel buddies along the way. Kathy’s most recent trip was a second safari to South Africa in July, where she had wanted to return and bring her kids and grandkids. Of all the trips she had taken, she said this was one of the best.

Kathy enjoyed meeting with friends and neighbors, playing bridge, eating dim sum, attending musicals as a season ticket holder, watching NBA basketball as a Laker and Kings fan, enjoying a Starbucks drink or In-N-Out burger, and traveling back to Hawaii to visit her family and enjoy the local foods. Above all, she loved being Popo to her three grandkids. She especially loved cooking for them and they counted her chow fun, chow mein, spam musubi, hot pot, and sticky rice as their favorites. And we all looked forward to her Christmas time treat of homemade caramel corn.

Services will be held at East Lawn Mortuary in Elk Grove on September 17, 2022 at 10am. Lunch reception to follow at noon at the residence of Jason and Stephanie Guardino. In lieu of flowers and gifts, please consider donating to Kathy’s 2022 fundraising team “Ben’s Ohana” to benefit the Northern California Alzheimer’s Association.

https://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=15422&pg=team&team_id=753588

Guestbook

  • Jason says:

    I love you Popo. Give Goong Goong a hug for me. No words can express how much I thank you and love you both.

  • Cree Guardino says:

    Kathy, you will be so very missed at our family gathering’s. Please give Ben hugs from me…miss him. Love and prayers always!

  • Gina says:

    Kathy…you are finally reunited with Ben! You will be missed, especially at our family gatherings. Keeping you and your beautiful family in my thoughts and prayers always! God Bless!

  • Toni Guardino says:

    I was so Blessed to share many memories with you Kathy. Your were such a kind and gentle soul. I will miss our vacations and laughter together. Rest In Peace with Ben once again by your side . Forever in my prayers and heart . You will be missed but never forgotten at our family events. 🙏💝

  • Dick Guardino says:

    Kathy I can’t believe you are physically gone. I will miss your beautiful smile and hugs. Give Ben a big hug for me. Until we meet again, hugs and kisses. You will always be in our hearts and thoughts

  • Mabel Poon says:

    Kathy, I will miss you & please give Ben a big hug, tell him its Mabel from
    Hong Kong.
    So many years we had fun & excitement in our annual outing in “race track”. I will remember you in my prayers.

  • Ramona Colon Burns says:

    Short time My Forever Friend may you sleep in Paradise I Will Miss You….
    Ps:tell Mr.Yee Hello 👋

  • Robert Lipscomb says:

    Kathy, I consider knowing you an honor in my life. From the first time I met you to the last time I saw you I enjoyed your company. Your kindness was matched by your genuine warmth and positive attitude. I will miss you. The thought of you reuniting with Ben brings a smile to my heart.

  • Juline Fujii says:

    Thank you for always being such a joy to be around. Your wise and graceful presence will be missed by us all at your grandkids’ special events. It was truly an honor to have known you.

  • Ken and Mary Ann Bock says:

    This lovely photo and beautifully written obituary truly catches the essence of Kathy. We loved our dear friend and miss her so much. Rest in eternal peace dear, sweet Kathy.

  • Larry T. says:

    You were one of my favorite co-workers in the Glendale Office. I enjoyed working cases with you.
    After retirement, I looked forward to our little group’s periodic Casino trips.

    So long my friend, RIP.

  • Mark Tolan says:

    Kathy always brightened my day. She was always so upbeat and happy. It was truly contagious.

  • Darlene Grosz says:

    Kathy, I am so glad we met eight years ago at the Care Givers group and became such good friends. You were an inspiration to me, recovering from your stroke like you did, taking care of Ben and me learn about Alzheimer’s. I will miss you but will not forget you. Rest in Pease.

  • Cynthia Tasker says:

    Kathy’s friendship with my Godmother Mary was so incredibly special. You just wanted to be around them whenever they were together. There were always memories shared and so much laughter. I can only imagine what they are up to in heaven now. Love and prayers.

  • Rich and Debbie Isaacs says:

    Our deepest condolences to you Stephanie and your wonderful family. Words cannot express our tremendous grief on your loss. Kathy was a great Disneyland buddy – she loved all of the attractions and being with Sophia, Vinny, and Lucia. She’s a kind soul and so much fun. We stand with all of you.

  • Claudia Canturin says:

    One of my fondest memories of Kathy is her sharing her delicious chex mix over the holidays. Aside from being generous I could always count on having a great conversation with insightful advice from Kathy. My deepest condolences on your loss, my family and I are send our love & prayers.

  • Clelia & Raul Canturin says:

    Im happy that you are now in God’s arms Mrs Kathy..but sad I will no longer be able to see you physically, we will miss your physical presence but our memories of our shared time will remain forever..thank you very much for your positive and motivating attitude when you gave advice..Thank you for your love towards my family especially in motivating and supporting Brian … We will always remember you with gratitude and affection. Raul ,Clelia Canturin & family

  • Karen Funk says:

    Kathy was a tireless advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association and I had the pleasure of working with her as part of “Team Bera”, working with Congressman Bera to advance legislation for research, funds ,awareness and support as well as the annual Healthy Brain Forum. Her experience, passion & dedication will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

  • Bob W. says:

    I was lucky enough to work closely with Kathy a couple of times during our careers. She was an outstanding Agent and a wonderful person. Rest In peace, Kathy.

  • Vivien Yee Tseng says:

    Our family fondly remembers running into Kathy at Sarom’s kitchen during the pandemic . Our conversation revealed her spunk and her love for her family . She was so proud of Stephanie’s accomplishments and her grandkids . She is a role model for Asian American women .

  • Rahmi and Hafsa Mowjood says:

    Kathy will be missed by all of our family. Her ebullient nature and warm smile always warmed our hearts and will recount our many memories together as we remember her. May she be reunited with Ben and may her family be surrounded with peace and love now and forever. To God we belong and to God we will return.

  • Laura and Wil Wong says:

    Kathy always treated my husband and I like family from the first time we met. She was one of those magical people who made you feel loved just as you are. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.

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