Katherine Michelle Acuff

Katherine Michelle Acuff | 37 Years Old | Phenix City, Alabama | Lost The Battle: July 13, 2021

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Name: Katherine Michelle Acuff
Age: 37
Location: Phenix City, Alabama
Lost The Battle: July 13, 2021



Katherine Michelle Acuff
January 27, 1984 – July 13, 2021
Phenix City, Alabama – Katy had exuberance. She possessed such a passion for life and was incapable of being indifferent. Her intense, bright blue eyes saw joy and unrestrained happiness in this world. Her laugh was contagious. Certainly she was hard to ignore.
Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Katy preferred to store her baby blanket in the freezer between uses. She was hysterically funny, highly intelligent, beautiful, daring-yet-cautious, and extroverted-yet-introverted. She was a musician, a photographer, an artist, an actress, an athlete, an anomaly who forged her own space in time. She loved riding her bike everywhere. Although she often wandered, she was never lost. (Her sense of direction was uncannily great.) She was an avid reader and had an insatiable desire to figure things out. Friendships were forever to Katy, and she really listened with compassion and wanted to make you smile. A highly sensitive person, she cared about every living thing, from cactus to cat, dogwood to dog….
As a member of the Glenwood School Class of 2002, she was voted “wittiest,” and her prophetic senior quote was “Celebrate we will, because life is short but sweet for certain.” She went on to Auburn University, became a member of the Phi Mu sorority then moved on to Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA majoring in geology.
Preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Colonel Earl and MaryLow Acuff, and her maternal grandparents, CWO4 Brayton “Ben” and Virginia Davis. She is survived by her unconditionally loving parents, Tom and Jan Acuff of Smiths, Alabama, two brothers, Michael Acuff (Emily Koelle) of Birmingham, AL and Alex Acuff (Lauren) of Auburn, AL, a sister, Kristin Acuff May (Dana) of Auburn, AL, five nieces; Emilia, Nora, Lucy May, Emerson and Lennon Acuff. Not to be forgotten, her beloved cat-children, Tiny and Noodle.
Katy’s 37 years were filled with joy, but mostly great sorrow and suffering. She bravely fought for over two horrendous decades with addiction and a declining mental health. Her final five months were blessed with sobriety, living in a Christian recovery home. During this time, she sent us many letters of gratitude, glorifying God for this precious time of clarity, healing and reflection. The last was received July 10. In it she wrote: ” It is a miraculous blessing I ended up in this program. I pray every morning for continued guidance in my recovery and give thanks every night for another day. My spirit is being filled more and more each day. There is something special and powerful about this place. God is good!!! Thank you for never giving up on me! Love, Katy.”
Then two days later, she lay in a hospital on a ventilator, unfortunately found too late this time of a heroin overdose. We will never know why Katy left to use drugs. Possibly the good Lord knew it would be merciful to end her suffering at this time. Thankfully, we were notified and able to be at her side for 20 hours until she peacefully took her last breath. It was our last gift from Katy: letting us be witness to her salvation surrounded by angels of the Lord. Our prayers were answered. But something we couldn’t have known happened: some pieces of our broken hearts went with her.
We invite you to celebrate “Memories of Katy,” on Sunday, August 1st, from 2:00-4:00 pm EST at The Columbus Convention and Trade Center, Center Hall, 801 Front Avenue, Columbus, Georgia.
Donations can be made in Katy’s honor, to either Mary Hall Freedom Village, 8995 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30350, or The Extension, 130 Holiday Street, Marietta, GA 30060.
Or, just give someone a hug.