Katharine Sawyer

Katharine Ann Thornton Sawyer

Ensenada, Mexico

June 16, 1961 - November 30, 2013

Kathrine Ann (Thornton) Sawyer, 52, of Ensenada, Mexico, passed away on Nov. 30, 2013.
She was born on June 16, 1961, in Tonasket, Wash., to Oscar and Elsie Thornton of Oroville, Wash.
When she was 19 months old, she went to live and be raised by her aunt Delores Hogue and grandmother Augusta Thornton because of the sudden passing of her mother. Even though her aunt Delores was not her biological mother, she was her mom.
Growing up she traveled all over the nation, went to numerous events and loved the outdoors. Everywhere she went she always made friends. At the age of 17 she married Roger Sawyer. For six months he had to sign her notes for school until she graduated Oroville High School in 1979. She then worked at different places such as the apple warehouse, running a candy business, owning a restaurant but the toughest job was raising her three kids.
She was known not only for her beautiful smile and sugar cookies, but also opening her heart and home to many people. She was a honorary mom to many local and international kids. She was a representative for a exchange student program and would take kids from all over the world into her home. She started a charm necklace that had more than 50 charms on it.
She was always there to be supportive to anyone, to give a hug when needed or cry because she could feel your pain.
She loved working in her flower garden, cooking incredible meals and spending time with family and friends.
Whatever she was doing, she would put her mind, body and soul into it. She was always up for a challenge and never afraid of the unknown. After her divorce in 2007 from Roger Sawyer, she worked at Walmart as a checker, then in 2011 she moved to Ensenada, Mexico, to fulfill her dream of living on a tropical beach. Even though miles away, she stayed in contact and loved her family and friends.
She ended up getting sick then passed away after a emergency surgery trying to save her life. She was able to contact and say her good-byes to her mom, daughter and son.
She was preceded in death by her father, Oscar; mother, Elsie; and daughter, Tara. She is survived by mother, Delores Hogue of Oroville; daughter, Kristina (Ken) Myers of Snoqualmie; daughter, Kimberlee (Andy) Gasho of Tonasket; son, Andrew (Kayla) Sawyer of Issaquah; brother, Jim (Helena) of Oregon City, Ore.; sister, Rae Jean (Dan) McPhillips of Boise, Idaho; brother, George (Lee Miller) Thornton of Oroville; sister, Lisa (John) Haney of Palo Alto, Calif.; step-mother, Betty Thornton of Tucson, Ariz.; step- brother, Gary Ritchie of Tonasket; grandchildren, Cameron, Zachary, James, Alyssa, Bentley, and Viola; and many friends and family.
A remembrance celebration potluck will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the Oroville Grange Hall. This is a opportunity to share stories and great memories. Her wishes were not to cry but laugh and be happy. She is now with her baby girl and someday, once again, is going to welcome everyone with open arms in heaven.


erichardson 4 years, 8 months ago

To Kristie, Kimmy and Andrew:

My heart goes out to you at this time because I know you are hurting. Please know that my prayers are with all of you and if I can do anything for you please let me know.

When I think of you guys, I always include your Mom. She was a beautiful spirit. She loved people and was one of my very best friends.

I remember when we all met. It was at a concert in Spokane, Washington. Your mom brought you guys to see Boys to Men and Montel Jordan. My brother and I were late getting the merchandise ready for this show and your mom said she would help. I said to myself at the time, wow here is a stranger willing to help someone she did not know. I was impressed and my heart swelled with love and gratitude at her gesture of kindness. She had you to help with the merchandise and within a short time we had them ready. After the show, Montel came out to our stand and took pictures with his fans and you all were able to met him and get an autograph.

On another occasion, you all including your dad vacationed to San Diego, California and invited me and my family to join you. Your mom met my aunt and they spoke like they had known each other for years. I remember my aunt Bernice telling me how much she liked Kathy and all of you. My cousins, Ashley and Amanda enjoyed getting splashed by Shamu, (the whale). Dinner was great too.

Through the years we always spoke on the phone and would catch up on old times.

As I sit here thinking of her, I would tell her, "Kathy a job well done". I realized that she has finished her assignment here on Earth and God has taken her to another assignment. She has touched so many lives and have definitely made a difference.

So I say to her wonderful children and grand-children, know that she is now your guardian angel and she will always be with you in spirit.

Love Always, Emma Richardson


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