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Kathleen L. McLaren

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Beloved Mom & Grandma Cookie Kathleen Louise McLaren (65) of Tulare went to be with the Lord Jesus on March 25, 2011 with family by her side. She is survived by her daughter & son in law, Denise & Craig Johnson, her grandkids, Kyle, Britney, Cade and Nathan of Ventura; her sister, Pat Wilson of Arizona and many nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Donna and Beverly, parents, Don & Mabel and granddaughter, Cheynna Renee. Kathy was born to Donald Breed & Mabel Glenn on Dec. 4, 1945 in San Rafael, CA. Then the family moved to Grass Valley and finally settled in Visalia in 1957. She graduated from Redwood High School in 1964. Kathy was the youngest of 4 daughters. She enjoyed baking and made beautiful cakes for birthdays and weddings. She loved to cook, loved being outdoors, camping, chili cook-offs, riding on the Harley with my Dad Gary Johnson, opening day fishing at Lake Crowley every year, she loved being around her family and friends. She loved making cookies with her grandkids, that's why they have always called her Grandma Cookie. She loved her family so much. She was a caregiver for many years; taking care of others was always in her heart. She made and donated knitted baby blankets for foster babies on their journey to find a home, and the blankets always stayed with them. Kathy will always be remembered for her incredible Faith and her love of Jesus Christ our Savior, her cheerful attitude, her laughter, comforting hugs and her strength and courage. Her love and caring for others was obvious to everyone around her and she's telling us from Heaven "I'm fine" and she will always have that wonderful smile, she never complained. She would tell you, "I love you and Jesus loves you too." She loved to go to Church, sing and Praise the Lord. Passionate in her relationship with Jesus, she was a faithful member at Tulare First Assembly of God. There will never be a day that goes by that we don't think of my Mom and Grandma Cookie, we will love you forever! Kathy wasn't only my Mom; she was my best friend and my Hero. There will be a celebration of Kathy's life on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 11:00 at Tulare First Assembly of God Church, 316 So. Mooney Blvd. Tulare, CA 93274. In lieu of flowers, I know she would love you to donate to her Church, Tulare First Assembly of God or just "show up" for a service that would make her so happy. Or if you wish to donate to Kathy's family to help cover final expenses donations may be sent to Bank of the West Acct #088-069893. Her family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and generosity during this tough time. Arrangements are by Peers Lorentzen Funeral Service.

Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Apr. 16, 2011
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