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RAPID CITY | Kathy Lee (Verhulst) Thurman passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016, at home in her sleep after struggling for many years with her illnesses.

Kathy was born August 24, 1960, in Bowman, ND, to David and Sydney (Ness) Verhulst. Kathy was married to the love of her life, Eddie, for 40 years. They married as young teenagers and loved each other through all of life’s ups and downs.

To this union, two beautiful daughters were born, Kasey Danielle and Koti Lee. While raising their girls, Kathy was the most devoted mother who always put her daughters first. She doted on them and was so extremely proud of them.

Nothing made Kathy happier than when her girls became mothers themselves and made her “Gamma.” She was the world’s most wonderful grandma to her “5 pack" — the twins, Ayden and Addysen were her little “Tick and Flea.” Kash was Gamma’s “Krash” man. And Ivi and Alyvia she affectionately called her “Fuzzie and Wuzzie.” The five littles will surely remember their Gamma Kathy with love in their hearts and smiles on their faces.

Kathy worked for Landstrom’s Black Hills Gold for 20-plus years, where she made many lifelong friends. Kathy loved shopping and collecting shoe figurines and purses, and of course spoiling her daughters and grandkids with every chance she got. Kathy had a heart of gold and will be greatly missed by many.

She is survived by her husband, Eddie Thurman; daughters, Kasey (Kelley) Kurtz and Koti (Jacob) Meredith; grandchildren, Addysen Kurtz, Ayden Kurtz and Alyvia Kurtz, Kash Webster and Ivi Meredith; her mother, Sydney Verhulst; and three sisters, Holly Verhulst, Krystal Seidel and Lori Swedin. Kathy was preceded in death by her son, Edward Thurman Jr.; and her father, David Verhulst.

Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 22, at Kirk Funeral Home and for one hour before services.

Services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the funeral home, followed by cremation. A reception and luncheon will be held at the Eagles Club after the services.

A memorial has been established.

Family and friends may go to the funeral home website to sign Kathy’s online guestbook.

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