Kathryn Maxine Dodson McConnell Mowrey passed away peacefully on Nov. 15, 2013, after a long illness. Several of her closest family members were able to be with her at the time.
Kathryn said many times that the years spent at Hilltop Commons were some of the happiest of her life.
A gathering to celebrate her life will be at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Hilltop Common, 131 Eureka St., Grass Valley.
Interment will be at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif.
She was born to Henry and Ethel (Germer) Dodson on Oct. 18, 1925, in La Puente, Calif. The family moved to Ventura, Calif., where she grew up and attended high school.
In 1945, Kathryn met and married Frank (Mac) McConnell. They had three children: Rodney, Gregory and Susan. During their marriage, Frank worked as a Ventura County Deputy Sheriff, attaining the rank of lieutenant. Frank passed away after a short illness in 1969.
Kathryn married James Robert Mowrey Jr. on March 18, 1975, in Las Vegas, Nev. They eventually settled in Yerington, Nev.
James served 20 years in the Navy. During World War II, he served on the destroyer USS Dunlap in the Pacific Campaign. After his Navy career, he served on the support team for several flights of the space program.
Kathryn was a member of South Lyons Medical Auxiliary, the Rebekah Assembly, the Red Hat Society, the Yerington Toastmasters and of the Yerington Women’s Club.
Kathryn was passionate about scrapbooking, painting, traveling and being with her family.
She is survived by her son, Rod McConnell (Marjorie) of Nevada City; daughter Susan McConnell Moreno (Al) of Big Oak Valley; grandsons Mica Moreno of Pasadena, Casey Moreno (Amanda) of Chico and P. Alexander Brown of Eugene, Ore.; granddaughter Gretchen Demko (Andrew) of Ranier, Ore.; great-granddaughters Isabelle of Chico, Kaitlynn and Paighton of Eugene, Ore. and Lilia of Ranier, Ore.; and great-grandsons Hayden of Eugene, Ore., Logan of Chico, Calif. and Erickson and Caleb of Ranier, Ore.
In 2007, Kathryn and Jim moved to Hilltop Commons in Grass Valley to be close to family. Unfortunately, Jim passed away from cancer within several weeks of arriving in Grass Valley.
Kathryn was also preceded in death by her son, Gregory Gene McConnell at age 60, in 2009.
Arrangements are under the care of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary in Grass Valley.
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