In Memory

Katherine Kiddie (Besley) - Class Of 1934

Katherine Kiddie (Besley)

Katherine Kiddie Besley died on Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 4:30 in the afternoon.  Born on March 9, 1916 in Morenci, Arizona to Florence and John Kiddie, she was 89.  She quietly stopped breathing as her son Grant Besley and wonderful caregiver, Irene Merritt sat next to her.

She retired in 1979 from Southern California where she worked as a cytologist, to Mendocino, with her sister, Margaret Livingston.  She embraced the Mendocino lifestyle wholeheartedly.  She was a wonderful painter, cook, dancer, and gardener.  Her grandkids all delighted in eating fresh fruits and veggies from her garden.  She was an extraordinarily kind and generous soul.

She is survived by her children, Grant, Susan, and Tom Besley, and 10 granchildren.

Mendocino Beacon, June 2, 2005