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Local services to be held for former Dixon woman slain in Colorado

February 21, 2019 GMT

DIXON – Funeral arrangements are being made for a former Dixon woman killed Monday in Colorado by her husband.

Visitation for Dr. Kate (Brokaw) McDowell, who followed in her father’s footsteps and became a dentist, will be held from to to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Jones Funeral Home in Dixon.

A memorial service will be held Monday; details for that service still are being made and will be available at thejonesfh.com, where condolences also can be posted.

The 1997 Dixon high school grad was killed in her Broomfield home by her husband, Thad, who then killed himself.

Adams County Coroner Monica Broncucia-Jordan does not speak to the media, and has not released how the couple died, a spokeswoman in her office said Wednesday.

Broomfield police called the deaths “a domestic violence situation.” They, too, have not released how they died.

The couple married on April 2, 2016.

Kate practiced dentistry at various offices in Chicago, Dixon, and Colorado until 2018, when she bought Sunrise Dental Care in Boulder and established her own practice.

Thad, 45, was a self-described tech entrepreneur who created apps.

Among others, Dr. Kate Margaret McDowell is survived by her parents, Dr. Kim and Mary Brokaw of Dixon, and brothers Ryan Brokaw of Fort Rucker, Alabama, Ben Brokaw of Chicago, and Nick Brokaw of Sublette.

“Kate was a beautiful soul that touched the lives of so many,” her friend Sean Parker posted on the Broomfield Police Department Facebook page. “She was a sister and best friend to both [my wife] Lindsey Vineyard Parker and myself.”

″... we just had dinner with them in Denver over Christmas break. We sat with them and had a great time for 5 hours or more; we never saw anything off. I sat across from Thad laughing for hours ... I’m at a loss for words, my heart is broken, and my soul hurts.”

Friend and family say Kate was an animal lover and an avid traveler and Chicago Bears fan.

Memorials have been established for Project Safe Haven, a Happy Tails Animal Shelter an Whiteside County Animal Control program that allows people fleeing abusive situations to have a safe place to house theirs pet while they seek shelter for themselves, and to Granny Rose Animal Shelter in Dixon.