Kathryn M. McGinis (1924 - 2014)

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Kathryn M. McGinis
7/29/1924 - 1/4/2014


Placer County lost a lovely, joyful longtime resident on Saturday, January 4, 2014. Kathryn passed away peacefully at home after a short illness. Kathryn was born in Wilmington, Delaware on July 29, 1924, and grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona with parents O.B. and Mabel Custis, and four siblings. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Arizona State College in Flagstaff, and her Master's degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Kathryn moved to Oakland, California where she began her varied career which included teaching and working as a medical assistant for allergist Dr. Roe in Oakland. A mutual friend introduced her to her future husband, John P. McGinis and the two shared 55 years of marriage until his death in 2007. The couple raised two sons in Oakland and later in Pleasant Hill. They bought a summer home in Dutch Flat and spent many enjoyable weekends and summers there, and eventually many retirement years. Kathryn served as a docent in the Dutch Flat Golden Drift Museum. In later years they moved to Auburn. Upon John's death Kathryn moved to Auburn Ravine Terrace. Kathryn enjoyed her Masonic affiliations; during her teen years she was a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, during which time she served as Grand Worthy Advisor. She then joined the Order of the Eastern Star and was an active member for 71 years, holding many Chapter and Grand Offices. She developed an interest in genealogy and took great pleasure in sharing with her family their roots. Her energy and creativity made her a welcome member of any committee on which she chose to spend her time and talents. Travel was one of her passions and she enjoyed visiting many locations, particularly to research her family tree. Kathryn was known for her gracious hospitality, and for her delight in helping to ease the way for others. She was a consummate lady who will be much missed by the family and many friends she leaves behind, including her two sons, Michael and Brian (Rose), one granddaughter, two great grandsons, two sisters, two nieces, one grandnephew and one grandniece.
A Celebration of Life to be held at Auburn Ravine Terrace. 746 Auburn Ravine Rd. Auburn, on Sunday January 12, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. Private burial at Dutch Flat Cemetery at a later date. Donations may be made in her memory to Auburn Ravine Terrace, Dutch Flat Golden Drift Museum, Northern Arizona State University, Oakland Children's Hospital, or the .
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers from Jan. 10 to Jan. 12, 2014
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