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Hi I'm Katie

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. I love to drive and travel. I am mother of four sons and 13 grandchildren, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the grandmother of 13 grandchildren, four of whom live in my home with their parents, one of my 4 sons and his wife. We have busy and happy lives going in our varied directions. I love music and and enjoy being an amature choir director or singing alto in group singing. My preference is classical music, gospel music and the hymns, while most of the rest of the family prefer jazz and other modern music genres. Although retired, I now enjoy my part time work, driving a cabulance, taking people to non-emergency medical appointments. Most evenings I go to my 90-year-old dad's house to prepare his evening meal and help with general household chores. After, we sit down and watch game shows and re-runs of Perry Mason if there are not football or baseball games. Dad's family is from Kansas, so I drive to Kansas for family reunion each summer My oldest son is an oncologist in North Carolina, my third son lives in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, and my youngest is now in Texas as a Navy medic. With my family so far apart, it is good that I also enjoy travel and driving.

Why I am a Mormon

Most of my life I have been in a part-member family. I and my younger brother were introduced to the Church when I was about 8 years old. We had attended several vacation bible schools, and went to various sunday schools in early years. My mother always asked what we had learned in sunday school, and decided we needed to know more about her family's church after hearing my brother's rendition of something we had learned in one of them that was contrary to what she had been taught when young. I loved what I had learned in those early years, and asked if I could be baptized for my 11th birthday. Two weeks before my 11th birthday, on the fourth of July, 1954. I was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have never looked back. I am grateful for The Savior, Jesus Christ who gives us the priviledge of repenting when we mess up, and helps us be better people. I love him for his gentle kindness, and want to be like him, and return to Him and our Heavenly Father when my life on this earth is finished. I know it is only through Him and hard work on my part that this is possible.

How I live my faith

I take great joy in leading our Ward's (congregation's) choir, and in participating in the musicals and plays in the Stake and community. I feel that the hymns and music are indeed, prayers unto God.I remember one of the first plays was "A Christmas Carol". My boys were also in the play.,Since then, I have participated in Church and community concerts such as Handel's "Messiah", two or three years. I have also participated in "Joseph and the Amazing Tecnicolor Coat" and other plays performed for the community. I enjoy weekly service in the Columbia River Temple, in Kennewick, 80 miles away. I also enjoy helping with special service projects with other women in the church. There have been yearly service projects for the community and the world, including making quilts to send overseas, making hundreds of hats for community coats & hats projects, and making hygene kits for the homless, to name a few. Christmas time also brings out the "secret Santa" in many of us, but there are projects nearly year around. Families are very important to us, and I also enjoy taking care of my 90-year-old father in the evenings and taking him to family reunions in the summers.