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KATHIE WEBBER-PLANK Age 68, passed away December 25, 2012 in Bellingham, WA. She was born March 26, 1944 in Martinez, CA to Edgar H. and Gwendolyn L. Bailey. She married Steve on June 18, 1966 in Riverside, CA and was a loved mother of two and grandmother of four. Most of Kathie's childhood was spent in Redwood City, CA. She attended the University of Oregon and later the University of California, Riverside where she and Steve met (ironically they both attended Univ. Oregon at the same time). After graduating from UCR, she worked for the American Cancer Society as a Field Representative until she and Steve moved to Morris, IL in 1969. Kathie passed the California Certified Shorthand Reporter Test in 1986 and worked in the civil deposition field for Hutchings Court Reporters across Southern California. In 2002, she retired to follow her personal interests with the International Relations Council of Riverside and National Council for International Visitors. She served as Chairperson of the Sendai Sister City Committee under which Riverside and Sendai celebrated their 50th Anniversary marking it the oldest such relationship in the nation. Kathie was an avid photographer and RV enthusiast with a lifetime of love for the outdoors, camping and international travel. She loved hiking, biking and kayaking. Ever a gracious host, Kathie was the consummate cook and entertainer, and she took great pride in her gardening. She and Steve retired to Bellingham, WA in 2007. Kathie is survived by her husband Steve; son Donald (wife Kathryn) Webber-Plank and their son Stephen; daughter Janelle (husband Justin) Lancaster and their children Emma, Britton and Maximus; siblings Robert (wife Agnes) Bailey and their children Michael, Anna and Matthew, Mary (husband Pat) Quillam and their son Michael, Arthur (wife Barbara) Bailey and their son William, Ken Charlton and his children Bryan and Amy, Jane (husband Darrel) Manson and their son Eric and Dan, and many loving relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following in Kathie's memory: 1) Yellowstone Park Foundation - Yellowstone Wolf Project, www.ypf.org (gift comments: Yellowstone Wolf Project). 2) Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation - Nooksack Loop Trail, www.wprfoundation.org. 3) Riverside Museum Associates National Historic Landmark Harada House Stewardship Fund. Checks can be made out to the Riverside Museum Associates and sent to the Riverside Museum Association, NHL Harada House Stewardship Fund, Riverside Metropolitan Museum, 3580 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501. Services were held at Westford Funeral Home.You may share memories with the family at www.westfordfuneralhome.com. Our plans for Kathie's memory will also include a Celebration of Life in the Southern California area on a weekend close to her birthday this March, 2013. Westford Family Funeral Home & Cremation
Published in Press-Enterprise on Dec. 30, 2012
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