Katharine (Kate) Gould Horton
September 29, 1969 – October 23, 2021
It is with deep sadness that the siblings of Katharine report her peaceful death at her home in Clearwater BC. She is survived by her siblings, Hobe Horton (Helen Morley), Jane Horton (Brian McDonald), Marg Ostrem (Tom), and A.L. Horton, and multi-generations of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Wilf and Lois Horton of Vegreville.
Katharine was born in Vegreville, Alberta and lived there until she graduated from high school in 1987. During this time, she was active in the Vegreville United Church choir, the VCHS high school track and field, team, and the Vegreville Pool Sharks Swim team. She was the recipient of many awards for both her scholastic and her singing talents including being chosen as the Valedictorian for her high school graduation class.
Katharine earned a BA from Augustana University and continued her education at the University of Lethbridge where she studied GIS mapping.
Katharine followed in her family footsteps by being a lifeguard in Waterton, High Level, Lethbridge, and a summer at a United Church camp in British Columbia. After graduation Katharine moved to Calgary and worked in the GIS field.
As did her mother, Katharine loved dogs. She had a succession of her own dogs (Zeke, Abby, Stan, Stella and two Spencers, both poodle crosses) and was also involved with other dogs including being a professional dog walker and whelping at least two litters of puppies. Katharine was also a passionate performer. She sang with two choirs at the Augustana University and enjoyed doing stand up comedy and karaoke at various venues.
Katharine moved to Clearwater in 2016 and was warmly welcomed by the community, especially the local bridge group. She worked at several places within the community including Fields, Buy-Low Foods, and The Right Place. She often talked about how much she enjoyed her coworkers and other people she met in the community.
Katharine will be deeply missed by her friend Gerry Schrauwen and her dog Spencer.
A celebration of Kate’s life was held on October 30th in Clearwater. A Halloween themed gathering was chosen to honour Katharine’s love of this holiday.
Many thanks to all of the neighbours, bridge players, coworkers, friends, and family who attended. Your love and acceptance were very important to Katharine. A special thanks to Buy-Low Foods for providing meat, cheese and vegetable platters, and others who contributed food and refreshments. Thank you to our neighbour, Judy Shipley, for helping to spread the word of Katharine’s passing and easing some of the burden at this difficult time.
A Celebration of Katharine’s life with extended family will be held in Alberta at a later date. Donations to the charity of one’s choice in memory of Kate will be appreciated.