Katharine Luther Noling
August 2, 1934 ~ July 18, 2013
Katharine Luther Noling (aka Kathy Smith) died of heart disease on July 18, 2013, surrounded by her three daughters and her cat, Heyu. Kathy was born in Illinois on August 2, 1934, and was adopted by Jean and Alfred Noling a few days after her birth. She grew up in Indianapolis, IN, and Leland, MI. Kathy attended Cornell University, and graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in Philosophy. While at UCLA, Kathy met William Gordon Smith, and they married in 1956. Bill joined the Air Force and they lived in Harlingen, TX, Moses Lake, WA, and Los Angeles, CA. Bill and Kathy divorced in the early 1960s. Kathy and her daughters moved to Reedsport, OR, in 1970. After spending more than 40 years in Reedsport, Kathy spent the last two years of her life in the Wenatchee Valley. She quickly grew to love the area and the people, and her special neighborhood in south Wenatchee. Over the years, Kathy worked as a teacher, secretary, social worker, actress, waitress and bookkeeper. She loved music and, in her younger days, played the banjo and sang folk songs with her children. Kathy was a self-described hermit who loved to read, garden, do crossword and jigsaw puzzles, study languages, pontificate, smoke and drink. Her doormat said, “Go away!” Her favorite phrase was “Bah, Humbug!” which was what she said when she answered the phone, year-round. She had a great sense of humor, and did not suffer fools gladly. Kathy had a kind heart and was quietly generous with her support of individuals in need, and with groups that help the underprivileged. She was an avid book collector who gave away boxes of books, which she specially selected for each individual’s interests. She always had a dog and a cat in her home, seeking out older, unwanted animals from the shelter.
Kathy is survived by her daughters, Diane Smith of Anchorage, AK (husband, Joe Chaszar), Carin Smith of Peshastin, WA (partner, Andy Kahn), and Rhonda Smith of Cohasset, CA (husband, Michael DuFloth); granddaughters, Yana and Charlotte Smith of Anchorage; step-grandson, Joe DuFloth of Cohasset; lifelong friends, Barbara Cheatham of Issaquah, WA, Georgia Lumpkin of Los Angeles, CA, and Cindy Kay of Broadbent, OR; and brother, Lawrence Noling of Leland, MI.
The family is extremely grateful to Araseli “Sally” Guillen, who cared for Kathy with humor and grace, and to the staff of Central Washington Hospital Hospice Services, for their help in letting Kathy spend her last days at home.
Out of respect for Kathy’s wishes, No Public Service will be held. In lieu of flowers, Kathy requested that donations to be sent to Planned Parenthood, the Wenatchee Women’s Resource Center, or the YWCA.