b. July 13, 1933 d. November 25, 2017
Katrina Hawes Frank, a devoted Wife, Mother, Sister, Sister-in-law, Aunt, Cousin, Friend, Servant, Educator, Colleague and Mothers-in-law passed away on November 25, 2017.
It is with profound honor that we archive the passing of Katrina Hawes Frank, a noteworthy, brilliant educator, was born in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York on July 13, 1933 to parents George and Rose. She was the first of two children, including one brother born to this union.
Katrina grew up in an iconic Brooklyn brownstone home in Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood very near Bethany Baptist Church where her father was a Deacon, her mother was a Deaconess and Katrina was a long-time member and a Sunday School Teacher.
Katrina's journey began in New York as a bright energetic, aspiring, young girl. During the summers her mother would take Katrina and some neighbors and childhood friends to their second home in rural Virginia. There, Katrina enjoyed a different life style from that of New York.
After graduating from School of Education at Hunter College in New York Katrina became a certified teacher.
In 1966, Katrina's husband was presented a job opportunity in Seattle. Katrina her husband and twin sons relocated to the West coast. Less than three years later Katrina's third son was born.
Katrina resumed her education career in the Seattle area first teaching at several private schools. She then spent the rest of her career in the Federal Way School District. Her first assignment was as the Basic Skills teacher at Camelot elementary school.
Katrina completed her Master's in Education at Seattle University. She transitioned into a leadership position as the principal of Mirror Lake elementary school. That was followed by principalships at Nautilus, Mark Twain and Lake Grove Elementary Schools. Katrina began working on her Doctorate in Education commuting to Columbia University in New York City, where her education career began three decades prior.
For many years Katrina was an avid walker. She and friends would walk weeknights and during the summer break. This would often culminate in a 20+ mile volksmarches on the weekend.
Katrina actively served and supported organizations such as The Federal Way Human Rights Committee and Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS) and numerous cultural arts and humanitarian organizations, which benefit the underserved and needy people of society. She found her retirement rhythm spending several years as a docent at the Tacoma Art museum.
A memorial was held January 10, 2018 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Seattle WA. The officiant was Rev. Dr. Phyllis Beamonte.