Katherine Gilbert Gardner, 99, of Edmonds, Washington, passed away March 5, 2018, in Shoreline, Washington. Katherine was born September 26, 1918, in Bellingham, Washington. Her parents were Howard Gilbert and Mary (Minnick) Gilbert of Wickersham, Washington. Katherine was the youngest of four children. Katherine attended elementary school in Wickersham and graduated from Mount Baker High School in 1935 and Griffin Business College in Seattle in 1937. Katherine had a long career with the US Civil Service.
Katherine and Andrew Gardner married in 1940 at her parents’ home in Wickersham, and they honeymooned at the San Francisco World’s Fair and Catalina Island. They celebrated their 74th anniversary before Andy’s passing in 2014 at the age of 100. They lived in Seattle and Oak Harbor before moving to Edmonds.
Katherine had many favorites during her long life, but family and friends were foremost. Katherine loved to keep in touch with notes in her beautiful handwriting, chatty phone calls, and hospitality. Who can forget Katherine’s tasty caramel cinnamon rolls, fried chicken, berry pies, yeast rolls, or Hungarian goulash! Katherine’s indoor and outdoor gardening skills beautified everywhere she lived. She enjoyed traveling with family on automobile trips to Ohio, summer vacations to Birch Bay, Europe, and on the Queen Elizabeth 2 to India and South Africa. She traveled to New Zealand with her niece Viola Gramson and to San Diego to visit family and friends. Everyone enjoyed talking with her about travelling and genealogy. Katherine enjoyed outdoor endeavors and loved to go snow skiing with family. She helped her son Greg restore a 1938 Pontiac. She impressed her grandchildren by learning Gmail and Facebook on her iMac. Katherine also shared her sewing skills and knitted many personalized Christmas stockings.
Katherine is survived by her daughter, Lela and her husband, Dean Jamieson of Shoreline, her son, Greg and his wife, Janna Gardner of Edmonds, grandchildren, Becky, Gavin and Stephanie Jamieson, Amy and Randy Gardner, Jason Rambo and one great-granddaughter.
Katherine will be laid to rest at the family plot at Saxon Cemetery, near Acme, Washington.