In loving memory of

Kathleen Marie Otero
June 29, 1958 - March 3, 2023

Kathleen Otero, 64, of Ames passed away Friday, March 3, 2023, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, after a courageous battle with cancer she had fought since April 2022.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 11, 2023 at Saint Cecilia Catholic Church in Ames. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Katie's service may be live streamed on Saturday at

Kathleen "Katie" Marie Otero (Shine) was born on June 29, 1958, in Washington D.C. She was educated in the Virginia area and took classes at Northern Virginia Community College after high school. On July 22, 1980, she was married to the love of her life and high school sweetheart; Raymond Cuevas Otero at Virginia Beach, outside of Alexandria, Virginia. They were happily married for 43 years and were blessed with two children; Joshua and Mary. For most of her adult life she worked as a contractor in the telecommunications industry.

Katie cared for her family deeply and always put them first. Some of her hobbies include quilting; which was something that she loved to do and did right up until she was unable to. She also enjoyed cooking for her family and using foods that her and Ray grew from their beautiful garden. That garden was known in the neighborhood for its beauty and the care that Katie and Ray put into it. Her love was fierce, kind, and felt deeply. She was a kind and beautiful soul and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She will continue to be everywhere and in everything.

She is survived by her husband Ray and children Joshua and Mary. She was preceded in passing by her mother, Maxine McGovern, and her step-father, Jim McGovern.

Services are entrusted to Ames Monument & Cremation Center.


Laura Hamrick wrote on Mar 14, 2023:

"Ray, I was so so sorry to hear about Katie. We had lost touch through the years but Katie was a wonderful person. I know she had to have been a fighter through this. I?m sending you all healing prayers and hugs. ??"

J Kaiser wrote on Mar 11, 2023:

"Ray, Pam and I are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."

Carl Nagle wrote on Mar 11, 2023:

"Ray - I'm so sorry for your loss and my heart is with you and you family. If ever you would like to talk, I believe you have my phone/email, so please don't hesitate. "

Bob Steffes wrote on Mar 8, 2023:

"Ray and Family - I am SO SORRY to hear of your loss. There are no words that will help ease the pain, but please know that together you will get through these difficult times. Thoughts and Prayers are with you all - Bob Steffes"

Holly Brown wrote on Mar 8, 2023:

"Ray- We are all so very sorry for your tremendous loss of beautiful Kathleen. You 2 are like family to us. Big hugs to you right now from us all. We will remember her always and also you. You are an inspiration of what a loving couple is and you never left her side. May you know we are with you in spirit. May your loving memories give you peace."