Eugenie Kathylynn Robles Alford

November 13, 2020

CHARLOTTE – Eugenie Kathylynn Robles Alford passed away on Friday, November 13, 2020, after a long battle with coronavirus.  A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kathy graduated from Bishop Canevin High School and Waynesburg University. She studied nursing at Carlow University. 

Kathy was a beacon of light and joy to all who knew her.  A loving mother and wife, she spent her life devoted to the care of others.  Throughout her career as a labor and delivery nurse, Kathy provided her patients with the best medical care, as well as love and compassion.  The energy she devoted to supporting her children was boundless.  Never was there a school event the Alfords did not attend.  She was an extremely dedicated mother who organized or attended every possible event for her children.  Whether organizing school talent show performances, cheerleading practices, First Tee golf events, or football practices, she was full of energy and life, even in the face of medical challenges.  Always smiling and happy, Kathy’s infectious joy, positivity, radiant smile, and optimism in the face of multiple illnesses made her a role model for all who knew her.  Even when faced with a kidney transplant, her optimism never wavered and her “Be positive” mantra was rewarded with a kidney donation from a close friend.  After a long battle with coronavirus and an extended stay in the ICU, she beat all odds and made a miraculous recovery at home before passing away unexpectedly.  Kathy fought like a warrior to return home to her husband and children, whom she loved beyond all measure.  No one could have fought harder or inspired more people. She will be forever in the hearts of her family and friends.  A life-long Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Kathy was the proud owner of every piece of apparel the team ever created.  Often covered from head-to-toe in Pittsburgh Steelers apparel, Kathy enjoyed a life-long obsession with her hometown team.  Family and friends honor her by remembering her infectious smile, tenacity, grace, gratitude, love of family, and can-do attitude.  She was honest, genuine, and a friend to everyone she met. 

Kathy is survived by her loving husband, John Alford and her beloved children, Lily Victoria Alford and Brandon Michael Alford. 

A Funeral Mass will be held at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 6828 Old Reid Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210.  The family will receive friends at the church hall following the service until 7:00PM.  The Funeral Mass will be livestreamed at: Meeting id: 880 4420 7637 for those unable to attend in person. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852 ( or a charity of one’s choice. 

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Trudy Praniewicz

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers and love for you and your family!

  • Lori Coste

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We will miss her!

  • The Maher Family

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Sara Degen

    Kathy was such wonderful person. She was sweet, strong, caring, smart and fierce. She loved her family more than anything in the world, it was such an amazing thing to see her light up when she spoke of them. Praying for her family and dear friends. I had the privilege to work with her years back, and she taught me so much in those triage rooms on night shift. Ill never forget her. Rest in peace sweet friend until we meet again

  • Melanie Kittrell

    Kathy was my coworker at Novant for my entire career uptown. She was a teacher and friend as well. She was always talking about her family and inquiring about mine. Family was everything. She will be missed.

  • Michelle Greene

    My deepest sympathies for Kathy’s husband and children who she loved dearly. I remember our talks about our kids together in L&D. She was so proud of them and loved so much. Her smile was contagious and her sense of humor was great. Kathy had just sent me a message two days prior with information regarding an idea she had to celebrate Christmas by sending a gift in the mail to a rotating list. She was the 2nd person on my list. That was Kathy always looking to enjoy life, family and friends. I loved her FB post. They were cheerful and uplifting even in her time of struggles which was amazing. She will be missed dearly. Continued prayers for John, Lily and Brandon.

  • Dorothy Guiducci

    My heartfelt sympathy to the family. She was a wonderful person who I will remember fondly. My prayers & love to John & children. You are all in my prayers.

  • Faruqh Nazir

    Our condolences to the entire family. Will definitely miss our Steeler and Patriots arguments. You will be dearly missed!
    Rest in peace Kathy ?

  • Charles Bregier MD

    To the Alford family,
    All of us at Novant EOH are deeply saddened by the passing of Kathy. Our team was in close contact with you throughout her Covid illness, and we celebrated wildly when she recovered and went home. It was an answer to all our prayers.

    Our EOH family will keep all of you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. We celebrate the life and memory of Kathy with you.

    In deepest appreciation and sympathy,

    Charles Bregier MD
    Novant Employee Occupational Health Medical Director

  • Lalisa Fulwylie

    I was heartbroken and sad to hear. I went to nursing school (Carlow) and just moved to Charlotte because of her encouragement. Years ago she and her then boyfriend John took my daughter to a cotton field for a history project Her smile and laughter was contagious. She loved her family Steelers and penguins. I’ll miss our talks. I will continue to lift her family husband and children in prayer. Know her love will live on forever. Rest well my friend

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