This post is made in association with other friends and colleagues of Kathryn who knew her through the Rave Reviews Book Club and are also publishing this same article at midnight PST on the 8th January 2015 as a lasting tribute and memorial to Kathryn’s inspirational life and work.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF KATHRYN CHASTAIN TREAT
Kathryn C. Treat passed away on Sunday, December 21, 2014 @ 2:20 am (California time). On Friday, Dec. 19, after having a wonderful time at the Rave Reviews Book Club’s virtual Christmas party, in a virtual chat room with her fellow RRBC VIP Lounge members, Kathryn informed that she was not feeling well and that she was going to leave. Shortly thereafter, she suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and then lapsed into a coma.
Kathryn was an honorary board member of the Rave Reviews Book Club, where she served as Membership Director from Dec. 2013, until October, 2014. Kathryn is the author of “ALLERGIC TO LIFE: MY BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL, COURAGE AND HOPE.” She inspired and encouraged many with this book so if you have not had the pleasure of reading it, please head to Amazon and get your copy.
Kathryn was a dedicated member of RRBC until her passing and she was one of the most supportive members the club had…not just to one, but to all. Kathryn leaves to mourn her husband, her mother, a sister, her two daughters, a son-in-law and three grand-kids (who she adored more than life), as well as her entire RRBC family.
Let us remember Kathryn and honor her memory by always being kind to one another and by always offering our support to another. It’s what she did. It’s how she lived. It’s who she was. In honor, many blogs across the world are memorializing Kathryn today with the same post that you see here. If Kathryn touched your life in anyway, please share your memories and comments below. As everyone who knew Kathryn may not yet know of her home-going, we ask that you also share this page on all your social media forums.
We have erected a memorial page on the Rave Reviews Book Club site that will remain. Please stop by to leave your comments and memories of Kathryn as well, so that her family will get a sense of just how loved she was by so many. There you will also find more information on Kathryn and how RRBC has planned to continually honor her in other ways.
I didn’t know Kathryn personally at all well as we only ever met briefly in the Christmas chatroom mentioned in the article, but I did have first hand experience of her superlative support and dedication for other RRBC people during my time as Member of the Month in December 2014. Kathryn was tweeting about me and my debut novel at least once, and sometimes several times each day, almost from the minute the announcement was made.
I was so grateful and glad of this personal attention as I find promotional aspects difficult and, believe me, it’s a wonderful feeling to have someone singing your praises to their own friends and contacts on Twitter and other social networks and spreading the word about my work. Because of her bounteous support I’d already decided to get her book, Allergic to Life before we got the sad news of her passing. I’m now well into her story* and can only wish I’d read it sooner and had the chance to know her more, as it’s so obvious what a brave, intelligent, determined and just plain kind and generous person she was. Her legacy in the writing world will live on and burn brightly as stated so strongly above, mostly because of who Kathryn was, what fires she passed through and the inspiration and clarity she gave freely of, to all who knew her, or came into her spheres of influence and activity.
Rest in peace and love eternally, Kathryn Chastain Treat – we will remember your light.