Katherine Iona Mock (born 4/15/37 in Arizona to Claude & Maude Poston) passed away on Oct. 22, 2020 at Homelake Veteran's Center in Monte Vista, CO. Married to her second husband Gerald L. Mock on Aug. 1, 1975, Mr. & Mrs. Mock recently celebrated 45 years together. Known for always holding hands, Jerry and Kathy met through the Pomona Valley Single Parent's Club and together raised their joint family in Pomona, CA.
In her younger years Katie (as she was known back then) was a track and softball star. Kathy, along with her younger sister Donna, played for the Sweethearts softball team. She ran so fast that she was called Daddy Longlegs and was known for stealing bases.
Kathy and her husband Jerry retired to Mancos, CO where they built a beautiful home in which they lived for 37 years, overlooking Mesa Verde and the Sleeping Ute mountain. They loved square dancing, camping and canoeing. Although she couldn't swim, she was fearless and often rode the front of that canoe like a bucking bronco with nothing between her and those roaring rapids but her life vest.
A natural red head, all of Kathy's pets had reddish fur. She raised red Siberian huskies and named them all after sodas-- Pepsi, Cola, Shasta--except for the one that fell off the roof of their underground house who they named "Geronimo!".
She was an avid genealogy researcher. Her oldest granddaughter credits her with introducing her to her Norwegian husband, a distant relative to Kathy's youngest son. She also loved photos. One wall in their home was an enormous collage with hundreds of cutout pictures of the whole family. Kathy is survived by her husband, her 5 children, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Published in The Journal on Nov. 2, 2020.