Kathy Mershon’s life was turned upside down when the car she and
her family were traveling in skid off the icy road to Wildwind, and into
an embankment. Julia Keefer and Jamie Martin found Kathy unscathed in
the back seat. The doctor did all they could to save her parents, but
their injuries were too severe. In her final breath, Kathy’s mother,
Linda Mershon, made her old friend Julia promise to care for Kathy.
Kathy moved into Wildwind and formed an instant bond with Julia. She also
became very close to Tad Martin, who helped her come to terms with her
Kathy and Julia were in the park when Tad learned his beloved Dixie Cooney
had died. Dixie was Kathy’s biological mother. As Dixie’s
spirit passed on, she made contact with Kathy and realized she was their
missing daughter Kate Martin.
Kathy enjoyed life at Wildwind, especially when Annie McDermott moved
in with her daughter Emma Lavery. Emma and Kathy became fast friends.
Julia formally adopted Kathy. She decided to take Kathy to California
to meet the rest of the Santos family. Kathy was back in Pine Valley in
time for the holidays.
Julia made plans to move with Kathy to Australia. Their new life would
never happen as Julia was killed by Ray Gardner at the Hubbard wedding.
That night, Tad was shot as well and lay near death. Adam Chandler had
a revelation: Kathy was Tad and Dixie’s biological child. Dr. Greg
Madden had put Kathy up for adoption and eventually in the care of the
Mershons. Kathy had a lot of adjusting to do. Instead of heading back
to California to be with Julia's sister Maria Grey, Kathy agreed to stay
with Tad and his new wife, Krystal Martin.
Kathy acted out against Krystal. She wanted all her father’s attention.
Sh pushed Krystal off a ladder and into her little sister, Jenny Martin’s,
play pen. Krystal brought Kathy to a psychologist hoping that it would
help Kathy with her adjustment.
Krystal began to send Kathy and Jenny to stay with their grandmother Opal
more and more. Tad had gone to Africa after Jamie and Jeff Martin were
reported missing. Krystal had began an affair with David Hayward in Tad’s