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Katherine (McKinley) Timblin, 98

| July 29, 2022 1:00 AM

Katherine (McKinley) Timblin was called home to be with her heavenly Father and the love of her life. She was an incredible 98 years old.

She was born in California to Clyde and Mary McKinley. Katherine attended the local schools and graduated from San Diego High School. She married Bud E. Timblin of Sandpoint, Idaho, on Sadie Hawkins Day in the First Christian Church in San Diego. At the close of World War II when Bud returned from service, she moved to Sandpoint to start their family. Katherine was a strong-willed and courageous young woman to make such a move to North Idaho. It was an environment drastically different from where she grew up. Bonner County was rugged, undeveloped, some places almost uncivilized, and snow. She had an adventurous heart. She embraced these changes and differences with her husband by her side.

Katherine was taught and raised to be a true lady at all times. Regardless of the situation, good or difficult she never forgot to conduct herself as a lady. She overcame challenges like learning to cook, driving in snow, how to shoot a gun and hunt. She even learned the skill of butchering chickens which took place when Bud was suddenly called away to attend Navy duty. Katherine didn't just cope, she succeeded and with grace. She was well-known for her accomplished cooking and baking skills as well as her sense of humor.

She was a devoted wife, homemaker, mother of six children, numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Katherine and Bud raised their family with the beliefs and values they learned young and their families lived by. Throughout the years and many challenges of life, Katherine’s faith never wavered. Her beliefs stood strong to the end. She enjoyed her life with her family, dear friends, and wonderful neighbors. She went unafraid to join her true love.

Katherine was preceded in death by her husband, Bud; her parents; brothers, Richard and John Ferguson, and William Henry McKinley; and also a very special niece, Kristen Van Voorhis; and son-in-law, Kermit Pierson. Katherine shall forever be remembered and missed by those that really knew and loved her.

A private service was held to celebrate her amazing history and the journey of her life.

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