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Remembering Kathy Azevedo

About Kathy
Kathy Azevedo is one of those jewels in our region. Hailing from Norco and supporting the rural atmosphere has been a life long journey. A mother, grandmother, wife, business owner and elected official – she wore many hats – Stetsons I believe! She also always found time to volunteer in many organizations.
From the business side of her life, she owned and operated the local Jazzercise franchise in Corona for over three decades. Kathy performed in the opening ceremonies of the Olympics and in a Super Bowl halftime show, among many other local and regional events.
Kathy entered into elected city council life in 2004. Running a great (positive) campaign, and promoting Norco for being unique, with many wonderful attractions, and pointing out areas where she felt the city could improve. Her involvement and participation in many committees, local and regional brought Norco more recognition. Kathy served as the City’s mayor. Part of Kathy’s passion was in preserving Norco as a rural community and such that she was able to help on the city’s slogan: Horse Town USA. Another feature that Kathy worked on (and might I add, she is quick to acknowledge, her colleagues and City Manager all work to the betterment of Norco) is Silverlakes. What an amazing multiuse recreation center that is!
Volunteering and caring about women and issues close to them brought Kathy and her Jazzercise family to support the annual Relay for Life (American Cancer Society, ACS) event. Then the unthinkable happened. This well balanced, healthy and physically fit lady received the news in 2004: “you have cancer”. Kathy is known throughout the community for her positive attitude. And what else would one expect, but her attitude and response, “I will beat this cancer thing!” Beat it, she did, but as we all know too well, cancer often returns and Kathy was diagnosed with breast cancer again in 2011. Kathy again, chose to fight this disease. This time she had to have a double mastectomy. She finished her treatment in 2012, but sadly she had to battle for a third and final time.
As a mother, wife and Mimi (grandmother) those were perhaps Kathy’s most precious moments – marrying her high school sweetheart, Danny Azevedo, they raised two children who remain in Norco. Being “Mimi” to Troy and Gracie were her highlights in the busiest of days. “When it all said and done, these precious miracles called grandchildren are G-d's way of keeping me grounded, and I truly appreciate all the beautiful things in life.”
Kathy's legacy will live on through the thousands of people in this greater region who came to know and love her, as well through the great works of her nonprofit, Support Sisterz. On behalf of the Board and Staff of the Corona Chamber, we send our deepest condolences to Kathy's family and the City of Norco.
Bobby Spiegel
CEO | President, CORONA Chamber
904 E Sixth Street | CORONA, CA 92879
951.737.3350 Office | 951.733.1836 Cell / Text
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