Catherine (Katie) Agnes Murillo passed away peacefully on Monday, May 12, 2014, with her family by her side. Katie was born March 22, 1933, in Kingman to Ygnacio and Dolores (Padilla) Esquibel.
Katie's childhood years were spent in Kingman and Oatman, where her father worked as a miner at the Gold Road and Feldspar mines, and as a bellhop at the Beale Hotel. Her fondest memories were the times she spent on Jim and Lola Benegas' ranch along the Big Sandy River in Wikieup. It was there that she learned her love of animals, close family and nature. Katie's mother, Lola, instilled in her the art of storytelling, cooking and her devout Catholic faith. From her father she learned to make every day a celebration.
Katie graduated from Mohave County Union High School (Kingman) in 1952, then attended St. Mary's School of Nursing in Tucson, where she met many of her lifelong friends. Upon graduation, she worked for a short time in Douglas before accepting a position as assistant director of nursing at the Flagstaff Medical Center.
Katie married Joseph Murillo in 1957 and returned to Kingman, where she worked as an ER nurse at the Mohave County Hospital. After the birth of her two children, she took a position as school nurse for Palo Christi Elementary School. Katie retired in 1990 after 28 years at Palo Christi and filled her life with family, cooking, gardening, reading, travel, taking care of the many cats and dogs who graced her home, and enjoying all the outdoor wildlife she so loved.
Catherine is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Refugio Esquibel; and sisters, Lucy Tapia and Irene Asabes. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Sr., of 57 years; son, Joseph Jr. (Conny) of Scottsdale; daughter, Carla Murillo; grandson, Payton Murillo of Bloomington, Ill.; and brother, Joseph Esquibel of Concho. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Katie will be forever in our hearts and we miss her more than words can express. A celebration of her life is planned for a later date to be announced.