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Katharine (Kate) Gould Horton 1969 – 2021

Posted By Erin Saunders On November 3, 2021 @ 1:50 pm In Obituaries | 4 Comments

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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. 

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Condolence from Shannon Haubrick on November 5th, 2021 8:39 pm

To all the Hortons,

I am so sorry to hear about Katherine. She graduated with Shaun so she was only a year younger than me and I remember a girl who always had a smile and was so genuine and nice. I shed a few tears for Katherine and your family. Remember all the good memories, Katherine was a special person.

Condolence from Shaun Haubrick on November 5th, 2021 8:56 pm

Sorry to hear about Kate. Such a wonderful person and absolute smiling happy fellow Grad. She will be missed. RIP Kate.

Condolence from Jillian Radcliff on November 5th, 2021 9:11 pm

Your energy forever lives on…..
Good luck and love in your continued journey…. forever at peace, sweet dreams…
Just keep swimming……

Condolence from Mark Michaelchuk on November 6th, 2021 10:14 am

Loosing a family member is hard. Loosing a young family member, is much harder.
We all have saddened hearts from this news.
The Horton Family and close friends to Kate will be the friends most saddened. I feel for you.
Words can’t fix what happened. So I will simply share a tear with you.
Take care Horton Family.

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