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Kathryn Lynch Broderick
Service: April 14, 2018 (Saturday) at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Guild Chapel at Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, MD

Kathryn Lynch Broderick died peacefully on March 18, 2018, after a brief illness, at Wilson Health Care Center in Gaithersburg, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised in nearby Collierville, where she graduated from Collierville High School.  She continued her education at Southwestern at Memphis, now known as Rhodes College, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in 1947.  Following her graduation, she taught elementary school in Earle, Arkansas.  While at Rhodes, she had met John C. Broderick (“Brod”), whom she married in 1949.

Kathryn enjoyed life as a faculty spouse at the University of Texas at Austin and subsequently at Wake Forest University, where Brod taught English.  In 1964, he began a long career at the Library of Congress, and Kathryn took full advantage of the many cultural opportunities afforded by their relocation to Washington.  Kathryn and Brod also enjoyed traveling, and their trips took them to Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, the Caribbean, Bermuda, England, France, Italy, and Japan, as well as numerous destinations within the U.S., including Alaska.

A homemaker who was devoted to her family, Kathryn found time to be active in a number of organizations.  These included the Methodist Home of the District of Columbia, where she served as President of the Board of Managers; Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, where she served as President of the United Methodist Women and was still active in Circle 9 at the time of her death; and Chapter J (DC) of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, where she twice served a term as President.  She was also a member of the Delta Delta Delta national sorority, an Associate Member of the Cosmos Club, and a past member of the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase.

In 2007, Kathryn and Brod moved to Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, where they found a nurturing community and made many wonderful friends.  Kathryn had a gift for making people feel at ease, and she in turn was comfortable with people from all backgrounds and walks of life.  A “people person” who liked nothing better than to meet and converse with family, friends, and new acquaintances, she was loved by all who knew her.

She is survived by a daughter, Kathryn Stephen, and her husband, Bruce, a son, John C. Broderick, Jr., a grandson, Kevin Broderick, and a sister, Mary Frances Walker.  Her husband predeceased her in 2010 after 60 years of marriage.

A memorial service for Kathryn will be held at the Chapel at Asbury Methodist Village on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM.  Visitors can access the  campus of Asbury Methodist Village via the Odendhal Ave. entrance.  There will be a reception following the service in the common rooms in the Rosborough Building, also at Asbury Methodist Village.  Memorial contributions may be made to Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, Wesley Theological Seminary, or the Benevolent Fund at Asbury Methodist Village.

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