|Birth: ||Nov. 10, 1922|
|Death: ||Feb. 6, 2010|
Katharine M. Cole left this world on February 6, 2010, having enjoyed eighty-seven years of life and having brought a lot of joy to those who knew her. Her sense of humor and her love for others enlivened those around her, even in her last days.
"She was so full of love" said her only surviving child, Kathie Cole. "She never had a bad thing to say about anyone. Even when she was blinded by macular degeneration and having to use oxygen every night because of lung disease, she still lived life to the fullest. She even kept the Hospice nurses laughing with her jokes. She cared so much about other people. She was a trusting person. What you call 'blind faith'. "
Born on November 10, 1922 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where her parents were cattle ranchers. Katharine left to attend college in Pasadena, California where she met and married Quillon "Bob" Cole. Returning to Colorado following Bob's military service, Katharine later received a Master's degree at Colorado College in Colorado Springs where she taught first and second grades for 20 years. Her love for God and children gave Katharine purpose and the strength to overcome great tragedy. The Coles had 4 children, but one of their sons died in a car accident at age 21, the other son perished on a mountain climb at 18 and their youngest daughter lived only 4 days.
In 1981, the Coles retired to Arkansas where, as lifelong nature lovers, they were able to indulge their passions for gardening and country life. Health issues led them to California in 1989, where they settled in Santa Maria, close to Katharine's only surviving sister, Ruth Hunt.
Here, Katharine and Bob continued to plant and nurture their vegetables and flowers, as well as travel with their Senior Club, and work with the Newcomers and other community groups. Even the loss of sight in 1998 did not quench Katharine's indomitable spirit. With the help of the Braille Foundation, she continued to be actively involved in the Book Club where she served as president for several years.
The loss of her loving husband in the summer of 2004, was a time of heartbreak, but with the support of her daughter, Kathie. who had moved next door, she once again rose to the challenge of living life to the fullest by remaining involved with her community.
A memorial service to honor our mother, sister and friend will be held on Sunday, February 21 at the La Maria Mobile Home Park Club House from 4 P. M. to 7 P. M.
Quillon A Cole (1918 - 2004)*
Plot: Section C, Row 7, Grave 15
Created by: Bunny Gambill
Record added: Feb 17, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24710966
Added: Dec. 18, 2013