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Katherine Audrey Barnett

1922 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Katherine Audrey Barnett Obituary

Katherine Audrey Barnett (Ocheltree) passed away peacefully in Marysville, CA, on July 11, 2016, surrounded by family. She is survived by her three sons and was mother to Bruce (Ann) Barnett, Kerry Barnett, and Tim (Lucy) Barnett; grandmother to Brendan, Casey, Kyle, Autumn and Brent; step-grandmother to Kyra and Bobby Boyer; great-grandmother to Jordan, Cameron, Logan, Easton, Ali, Zach and Brooklyn, and very best friend to her cat Purry. Katie was born in Davenport, Iowa on July 31, 1922 to Joseph Ocheltree and Teckla Broderius.

She attended school in Davenport and received her nursing degree from the University of Iowa, while a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. She also met, and in 1943 married, Roger, her loving husband of 58 years. She kept the home fires burning as Roger served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Having returned from the war, Katie and Roger moved to Southern California, where Roger found work at Cal Tech/JPL, and Katie began her Nursing career. She and Roger built their home in Pasadena and Katie became a Registered Nurse at Pasadena's St. Luke Hospital.

When her eldest son was born she eagerly placed her career on pause to raise him, and soon two other boys would follow, so she engaged in and supported every positive aspect of their lives-school PTA, Vacation Bible School, Pee-Wee football, Little-League, Indian Guides and Boy Scouts, to name just a few. When her youngest son began Junior High School she resumed nursing, this time choosing to care for the elderly at Park Marino Convalescent Center. Years later, with a career spanning 25 years of compassionate care, she very happily retired to pursue her other passions. Truly the core of every family event, Katie was an amazing conversationalist and equally amazing cook; she thoroughly enjoyed hosting parties, experimenting with food, creating and trying new recipes on her very-eager extended family and many friends throughout the years. Another major passion was gardening-she created amazingly colorful, meticulously-kept gardens, flower beds and hanging pots that beautifully co-mingled with Roger's hand-crafted Bonsai trees. Yet another passion was that of selflessly helping others-whether being generously charitable or through personal volunteerism, Katie always found time for helping others. She served for 44 years as a member of the Foothill Presbyterian Hospital Auxiliary, planning and participating in many hospital activities, such as the annual Glendora Home Tour, as well as knitting beautiful sweaters, scarves, mittens, hats and booties sold in the hospital gift shop. She and Roger were very active community volunteers, supporting vital programs, such as Project Angel Food, (delivering home meals to AIDS patients) and Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic. A lifelong animal lover, she gave generously to the ASPCA and many other diverse charities, such as local Public Television, Project Wounded Warrior, and the American Cancer Society. Katie was a member of Christ the Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church for 55 years where she sang beautifully in the choir and supported many church and community events through her and Roger's volunteerism. Once Roger fully retired, they became part-time recreational vehicle campers, visiting distant family and friends and exploring much of the Western United States in their 5th-wheel trailer, along with their always-present Golden Retrievers. Katie and Roger also thoroughly enjoyed traveling abroad, vacationing and touring throughout many countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Rome, Switzerland, Spain and the Greek Isles. Katie will be forever remembered as a warm, compassionate, loving, kind, and generous lady.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00P.M. on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the Lakeside Colonial Chapel in Marysville.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on July 27, 2016
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