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.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.