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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.