Kathryn Mae "Katie" Brasier (1920 - 2008)

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Jan. 16, 1920 - June 6, 2008
Kathryn Brasier, 88, was born Jan. 16, 1920, in Livingston to August and Mabel Tureen Anderson, both of Swedish descent. A lifetime native of Livingston, she had finally moved to Washington in April 2008, where she passed away peacefully June 6, 2008, at the home of her daughter, Kathy, and son-in-law, Michael Clement.

Growing up in Livingston, she attended school there and graduated from Park County High School in 1938. She wanted to be a hairdresser, but her father urged her to get a job, so she went to work for the Northern Pacific Railroad as a clerk, working there until after the merger with Burlington Northern, and until she took early retirement sometime in the 1970s. During the time she worked for the railroad her duties went from all invoices being written by hand to the advent of the computer. She was also selected to be the subject of a history of the women who worked for the railroad.

On Feb. 14, 1967, she married Robert Ehrig Brasier in Livingston.

She was active during her retirement with yard work and hobbies, mainly collecting dolls and bears. She became instrumental in helping organize reunions for the classes of the 1930s, which she did for many years. She was also secretary for her church, Livingston Congregational, until 2007.

Kathryn is survived by her children: Sharon (Jack) Lowry of Bozeman, Gary (Sharon) Graves of Seabeck, Wash., Kathy (Mike) Clement of Brush Prairie, Wash., Paul (Sue) Brasier of Bellevue, Wash., and Mary (Dave) Michaels of Yakima, Wash.; and her grandchildren: Katherine (Tom) Spraggins, Shelly (Kevin) Shroyer, Craig (Jeanine) Lowry, Brian Clement, Gary D. Graves, Mitchell (Kelly) Brasier and Charles Brasier. She was a great grandmother to 14.

In her papers, a small written prayer was found:
"Oh, God, I'm tired, so tired, take it away from me.
Refresh me with your spirit.
Renew me with thy presence."

That prayer has now been answered.

All who knew her will greatly miss her, but we rejoice in her life and the happiness she brought to all of us.

A memorial service will be held in Livingston sometime this summer.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 7, 2008
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