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PICKARD, KATHLEEN ANN Kathy passed away suddenly at home on October 28, 2012. She was born on April 6, 1952 in Kansas City, Kansas, to Tom and Ann Pickard, the second of three daughters. She was exceptionally bright and an outstanding student, but she became disenchanted with high school and dropped out her senior year. Still, she was invited to college due to her high SAT scores. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in 1975 and her master's degree from the University of St. Thomas in 1981. In Minnesota, after graduation, she started her career in medical sales. A few years later, her love of warm weather and sunny beaches led her to San Diego, her city for life. She continued her career as a pharmaceutical representative for E.R. Squibb and Sons and called on medical offices in La Jolla and North County. During her long and successful career, she developed lifelong friendships with doctors, clients and co-workers. Around the Christmas holidays, she was known as the "cranberry bread lady" for the hundreds of loaves she baked and gave away. In 1988, she married Roger Tibbetts in a small ceremony at their home, a wedding that was at once a new beginning and finale for both. Roger and Kathy enjoyed travel and one of their favorite adventures was snorkeling, an activity they enjoyed in locations all over the world. They also went on safaris in Kenya and Botswana. Both of these trips fueled Kathy's deep interest in animals. Her love of dogs was legendary. But, golden retrievers were her special favorites. Her home and life were filled with goldens, goldens, goldens. She owned numerous dogs over her lifetime, many of them rescues. Equally important to her was the San Diego Zoo. She was drawn to its mission of conservation and its unique animals, including the Okapis. In addition to her generous financial support, she was a dedicated weekly volunteer at the zoo. In the past several years, she gained tremendous satisfaction from a home she conceived and had built near the Mt. Helix area - a home she enjoyed sharing with her friends and family. She will be remembered as a kind, generous, loyal and gracious person with great perseverance. Memorial contributions can be made to Paws'itive Teams at For further information, contact

Published in U-T San Diego on Nov. 9, 2012
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