Kathy L. Cash, 59, secretary for Lady Bird Johnson

July 21, 2006

Kathy L. Cash, a former White House secretary who later worked in marketing and sales, died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center July 13 of injuries suffered in an automobile accident last year and complications from diabetes. The Severn resident was 59.

Kathy L. Shinn was born in Paterson, N.J., and raised in Prince George's County. She was a 1965 graduate of Northwestern High School in Hyattsville and Strayer's Business College in Washington.

She was a secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture before becoming an assistant secretary to first lady Lady Bird Johnson in 1967.

"Kathy described Mrs. Johnson as being a strong-willed but classy lady who was very down-to-earth, personable and quite jovial behind closed doors," said her fiance, Michael A. Radar of Severn.

In the early 1980s, Ms. Cash was secretary to the director of the Woodland Job Corps Center in Laurel. From 1982 to 1991, she was executive secretary to the quality assurance director of Litton Amecom in College Park.

Ms. Cash was marketing coordinator for Ottenheimer Publishers Inc. in Baltimore from 1991 to 1996. Since 2003, she had been marketing manager and sales coordinator for Automated Office Products in Lanham. She also was a part-time sales associate at Edward Arthur Jewelers at Marley Station Mall.

She was a member of Hyattsville Baptist Church.

Ms. Cash enjoyed dancing and travel.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Meadowridge Memorial Park, 7250 Washington Blvd. in Elkridge.

Also surviving are two sons, Matthew Senge of Tampa, Fla., and Christopher Senge of San Francisco; her mother, Lillian R. Shinn of Bowie; and a grandson. Her marriages to Robert Senge and Christopher Cash ended in divorce.

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