Katharine Leslie

Tonasket, Wash.

February 24, 1917 - July 13, 2013

Katharine Leslie, 96, of Tonasket, Wash. died July 13, 2013. She was born Feb. 24, 1917 to Joshua and Viola Rowton in Sand Springs, Mont.
As a young girl, Katharine, along with her parents, sister, Claire; and brother, Erwin; left Sand Springs, Montana. They trailed over one hundred head of horses. Many miles later they reached the Molson-Chesaw area where they found helpful people and enough straw to winter the horses.
Katharine went to school at the Lone Star, Myncaster, B.C., and Chesaw schools before graduating from Molson High School. She attended Washington State College.
Katharine married George Leslie in 1939. They lived on the Henning Place on the Buckley Ranch until George’s death in 1946. Katharine moved to Oroville where she taught piano to students in the Oroville, Molson, Chesaw, Tonasket and Loomis areas. She worked at the Oroville Gazette for sometime before moving in 1963 to Winona Lake, Indiana. She worked for the Free Methodist Church until she retired at age 65. She then went to work for the World Missionary Press and retired again at the age of 80.
She moved back to the Molson Highlands and lived with her sister, Claire, for several years before moving to long term care in Tonasket, Washington.
She is survived by her son, John (Janet) Leslie; her sister, Claire Rise; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George; her parents; and brother, Erwin Rowton.
She was a life-long member of the Free Methodist Church.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2013 at Oroville Free Methodist Church with Pastor Rod Brown officiating. Interment will follow at the Oroville Riverview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Molson Grange, the Molson Museum or the charity of your choice.
Please share your memories of Katharine by signing her online guestbook at
Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket is in care of arrangements.


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