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Mar 25, 1921 – Feb 24, 2016 (Age 94)
Katharine Smith Macpherson, always known as Kitty, passed away on February 24, 2016 in Corvallis, Oregon, just one month short of her 95th birthday. Kitty was born March 25, 1921, in Dansville, New York, to Harlond and Eleanor Smith. The family moved to Delhi, New York, when she was eight years old. The remainder of her childhood was spent there, on the edge of the Catskill Mountains. Kitty graduated from Delaware Academy in 1938, and graduated with honors from Skidmore College in 1942. Her degree was in Art. In 1941, she met Flying Cadet Hector Macpherson Jr. when he came to Delhi to visit his sister Miriam. Miriam Macpherson was teaching at Delhi Tech, the school headed by Harlond Smith. Romance blossomed through letters exchanged while Hector was stationed in Panama and Kitty was teaching art in New Jersey. They married May 29, 1943, in Delhi, after Hector completed Navigation School and before he was deployed to Europe. After World War II, Hector and Kitty moved to the Macpherson family dairy farm in the community of Oakville in Linn County, Oregon. They continued living on and running the farm for sixty years, raising their five children there. Kitty was an active volunteer her entire life. In Oakville, she participated in the OAC home extension study group, the Oakville Community Club, and was a 4-H club leader for more than 20 years. She joined the Corvallis chapter of the League of Women Voters, and served as its water chairman for many years. She was active in the Linn County Mental Health Association, serving on its executive board as its secretary and treasurer. Putting her art background to good use, she designed a set of note cards featuring her drawings of the covered bridges of Linn County to be used as an on-going fund raiser for the Association. When her husband, Hector, ran for the Oregon State Senate, she was actively involved in his campaigns. While he served in the Senate, she was an unpaid aide in his office, often giving tours of the capitol to groups from Linn County. Kitty was preceded in death by her son Douglas and her husband Hector. She is survived by her children, Janet Wershow of Corvallis, Greg Macpherson of Lake Oswego, Miriam Haugen of Monmouth/Independence, Bruce Macpherson of Portland, 12 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be announced at later time. Memorial contributions in her name can be made to Oregon Public Broadcasting or Samaritan Evergreen Hospice, in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. S.W., Albany, OR 97321.