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Catherine Ellen "Katie" Scofield Rude
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Birth: Jan. 3, 1927
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Jul. 27, 2011
Plumas County
California, USA

Catherine Ellen Rude passed from this life with her husband at her side Wednesday evening, July 27, 2011, at the Seneca Healthcare District Hospital in Chester.

Affectionately known as Katie, she was a longtime resident of California's Lake Almanor Peninsula who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Born Jan. 3, 1927, in Covina to Ethan and Ellen (Mallot) Scofield, Katie was raised in Covina and graduated from Covina High School as a member of the class of 1945.

She went north to further her education at UC Berkeley where while attending an anthropology class she caught the eye of a handsome young Naval veteran named Eugene "Gene" Rude. Although it may not have been love at first sight in her eyes, Gene worked hard to convince her that he was the one. He eventually succeeded, and the couple was united in matrimony Sept. 25, 1950. To this lasting and loving union, two daughters and a son were born.

Katie received her bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley in 1949 and began her teaching career as an occasional substitute teacher in a two-room schoolhouse in the logging town of Hyampom, in Trinity County. The family moved to Redding in 1957 and then to Napa three years later. Once her children were older, Katie began attending classes at Sonoma State, obtaining her teaching credential in 1968. Despite growing up in a family of schoolteachers and initially resolving not to follow that path, Katie discovered a love of teaching and a genuine talent for it. Her successful and rewarding teaching career spanned about 20 years. She and Gene shared a passion for education and spent many happy hours discussing philosophies and techniques.

In 1969 the family relocated to Pearl River, N.Y., while Gene pursued his doctorate at Columbia University and subsequently worked as a school administrator. Following their retirement the couple relocated to what had been their summer home at Lake Almanor, where they spent the ensuing years together. They took much pleasure in their home, enjoying the community and their friends, and delighting in the natural beauty of their surroundings. Their home in Lake Almanor served as a center for family visits and for summers with their grandchildren who were treated to Fourth of July festivities, cooking, sewing, art projects, lake swimming and trips to the Bay Area for plays and musical events.

A talented seamstress, Katie found pleasure in sewing and knitting for her family. She took great pride in sewing her granddaughter's wedding dress, and regularly mailed beautiful hand-knitted sweaters to her children and grandchildren. She also passed along her talents in the kitchen and her love of fine cuisine to her children and grandchildren, all of whom fondly remember meals at Grandma Katie's house.

Katie enjoyed traveling to the Bay Area to enjoy the arts as well as her daily exercise routines alongside her husband at the local gym. Katie also became an active member of the Lake Almanor community, helping and volunteering everywhere she could. A great love of her retirement life was the Sierra Hospice where she served as a loving, caring and dedicated volunteer for the organization. And she could often be found working side by side with her husband at the Lions Club fundraisers. Katie's life and volunteer focus always kept the youth of the community in mind, and she will be dearly remembered for the craft bags and other items she would sew for grieving children.

Katie leaves her loving husband of almost 62 years, Gene Rude, of Lake Almanor; daughter Stephanie Rude and her husband Jerry Smith, of Austin, Texas; daughter Janice Franks, of Ukiah; son Nathan Rude and his wife Mary, of Rocklin; the joys of her later life, her grandchildren Caitlin Miller, Nikki Hawkins, Analise Mullis, Alex and Elliott Rude and Wesley Franks; and great-grandchildren Kaylee and Allison Mullis and Sam Miller. She was eagerly awaiting the birth of two more great-grandchildren.

A private family celebration of Katie's life will take place at a later date
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  Eugene Elwood Rude (1926 - 2013)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: J
Record added: Aug 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75142228
Catherine Ellen Katie <i>Scofield</i> Rude
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