Kathleen T. Vernem, 62, credit manager at the Hay-Adams hotel for 16 years, died May 5 of a heart attack at the Inova HealthPlex Emergency Care Center in Alexandria. She was a Springfield resident.

The death was confirmed by a granddaughter, Candace Vernem.

Kathleen Theresa Sams was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. She moved to Houston in the early 1980s and settled in the Washington region in 1988. About two decades later, she became a U.S. citizen.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Jerry Vernem of Springfield; five children, Michele DeMocker, Stephen Vernem, Vanessa Carter, Ron Vernem and Dee Barlow, all of Springfield; six brothers; six sisters; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough