1923 - 2013
Kathryn Thompson Webb, 89, passed away Jan. 29, 2013, at Eagle Springs.
Kathryn was born May 19, 1923, to Sophrona and Robert Thompson in Heppner, Ore. She grew up on a sheep ranch and was a descendent of a long line of pioneers. Her great-great-grandfather was Levi Scott, who rode with the Applegate Brothers to create a southern route into the Willamette Valley in 1846.
She graduated from Heppner High School and attended Oregon State University, where she studied accounting. Kathryn was a skilled rider and in 1940, she was crowned the Heppner Rodeo queen. She married Paul Webb, Jr. on Nov. 11, 1942, and they moved to Walla Walla, where they raised wheat and cattle. They returned to Heppner in the early 1950s and raised sheep. She was teased by family members and friends that she herded sheep in her fur coat. In 1960, they moved back to Walla Walla and farmed wheat. Kathryn enjoyed playing golf and spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of PEO, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bridgettes, Walla Walla Wheat Growers and the Walla Walla Country Club.
She enjoyed all aspects of the farm and ranch management. In Heppner, she and Paul provided opportunities for Basque sheepherders to come to United States to work on their ranch. Later in their life, they enjoyed traveling to California to play golf with their friends.
Kathryn is survived by her three children, Nat (Sue) Webb of Walla Walla, Meridy (Bill) Parker of Elizabeth, Colo., and Becky (Jose) Cardell of Walla Walla; four grandchildren, Lisa (Bill) Pontarolo of Walla Walla, Stacey (Doug) Dunham of Walla Walla, Kathryn (Steve) Gasowski of Parker, Colo., and Jeff (Kim) Parker of Parkville, Miss.; and eight great-grandchildren, Michael and David Pontarolo, Hadley and Kate Dunham, Emily and Allison Gasowski of Colorado, and Matthew and Ben Parker; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Webb; her parents; her brother, Steve Thompson; and sisters, Reita Bibby and Roberta Espy.
A private graveside service will be at Mountain View Cemetery, 2120 S. Second Ave. Memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice, Blue Mountain Humane Society or a charity of choice through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St. Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.