Diagnosed with breast cancer 1985. Also caregiver to her husband, Denny, who had pancreatic cancer.
Her husband was a hotelier.
She & her husband adopted a son, Michael Hawley (born in 1988).
While not listed in the main cast in The Simpsons (1989) her role as Edna Krabappel is listed as a "special guest appearance," a designation usually reserved for celebrity guest stars.
She was a Girl Guides Brownie, as a child.
Member of Delta Zeta sorority, Delta Nu chapter.
Close friends with Brett Somers.
Friend of Cathryn Michon.
Was a lifelong staunch liberal Democrat.
As a tribute to her, an episode of The Simpsons (1989) made since her death showed a scene in which Bart Simpson is standing at the blackboard having just written "We'll really miss you Mrs K", a reference to her character Mrs Krabappel.
Upon her death, she was cremated and her ashes were scattered at sea in the Pacific Ocean.