WATERLOO — Kathleen L. Diddy Tomson, 73, of Gainesville, Fla., formerly of Waterloo, died Sunday, Feb. 4, at Haven Hospice.

She was born July 31, 1944, in Des Moines, daughter of Lovell and Lucille Diddy. She married Farol N. Tomson, DVM on Aug. 23, 1969, at the Methodist Church in Meservey.

After graduating from Meservey High School in 1962, she got her B.S. degree in medical technology at the University of Iowa. She started her career at the Iowa City VA Hospital, and continued at the National Disease Laboratories, Ames, the Hines VA Hospital, Chicago, the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Moscow, Idaho, and finally to the Gainesville VA Hospital medical laboratories. She retired in 2010. She was an active member of the West End Ladies Golf League.

Survived by: her husband; two sons, Farol L. of Germantown, Md., and Eric of Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter, Elizabeth A. Tomson Sergile of Alpharetta, Ga.; a brother, Gary Diddy of Arvada, Colo.; and six grandchildren, Tessa Sergile, Sebastien Sergile, Ian Sergile, Samantha Tomson, Lauren Tomson and Jennifer Tomson.

Preceded in death by: her parents.

Remembrance service: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at the Ironwood Golf Course in Gainesville.

Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed in Kathleen Diddy Tomson’s name to Haven Hospice in Gainesville or to the donor’s choice.

After retirement, Kathleen then focused her efforts on her children, grandchildren and parents.