Posted by William Nunnelley on 2008-05-05

Samford University senior Katherine Lynne "Katie" Bottoms, 22, of Hoover, Ala., died after a long illness Thursday, May 1. She was pursuing a nursing degree in the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, and was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta scholarship honor society, Beta Beta Beta biology honorary and Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She was also a Samford cheerleader.

A graduate of Hoover High School, she was vice president of her class, a member of National Honor Society, a Peer mediator, head varsity cheerleader and a Hoover High ambassador.

She is survived by her parents, Shannon Seale Bottoms and Steve Bottoms; brother, Joshua (Christy) Bottoms; grandparents, Mrs. King Murphy Seale of Birmingham and Mrs. George Bottoms of Auburn, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The family requested that memorials be made to Make-a-Wish.

The family will receive friends at Shades Crest Baptist Church from 1-3 p.m. Monday, May 5, followed by a celebration of Katie's life.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.