June 27, 2017
Katherine (Frye) Dodson, of Fort Bragg, N.C., passed away unexpectedly on June 27, 2017, in Poland at the age of 31. Katherine was born in Huntsville, Alabama, to Carolyn (Smith) and Jan Frye. Katherine's father was a career military officer, and Katherine greatly enjoyed being an “Army Brat” and moving often, making new friends and seeing new parts of the world. She always looked forward to annual holiday visits to see her now deceased grandparents, Dolan and Pauline Frye, aunts, uncle and cousins in Chester.
She moved with her family four times before entering elementary school in Great Britain. She also attended elementary schools in Virginia, Minnesota, and Seoul, Korea. In 2000 her family moved to Woodbridge, Va., where she attended Gar-Field High School, graduating with honors in 2004. She then attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, graduating in 2008 with a double major in International Studies and Conflict Resolution, with a minor in Spanish.
In 2007, Katherine and John were blessed with the birth of their son, Holden, and in 2011, their daughter, Caroline, was born. Katherine was a wonderful, dedicated and caring mother and wife. She always ensured the children received a good education while enjoying their many outside activities and friends. She worked numerous hours as a volunteer at Fayetteville Academy in Fayetteville, N.C. In 2011 Katherine became a military spouse upon her husband, John, joining the Army. She settled effortlessly into Army living and truly enjoyed life at Fort Bragg, N.C. During John's two combat tours in Afghanistan and a final unaccompanied tour in Korea, she provided loving care for the children for nearly three years by herself.
Katherine loved riding her bicycle, running, ice skating with Holden and Caroline, and walking her dog, Ranger. Her interests centered on international and political affairs, and she attended university studies in Buenos Aires, Argentina, while in college. She served two consecutive summers as an intern in Arizona Senator John McCain's office, and was also selected for an internship with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.
She is survived by her loving husband John; adored children Holden and Caroline; parents; brother Andrew and his fiancé Blanca; and other family members and friends far and wide who will miss her deeply.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on August 17, at the University of Nebraska, University Lutheran Chapel, 1510 Q Street, Lincoln. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to GoFundMe.com under the title: Honoring Katherine (Frye) Dodson.