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Katherine Wooden

Katherine Lilienthal Wooden died at Davis, the 8th day of July 2008 at age ninety She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly sixty years, Wesley R. Wooden, in 2005.

Born on February 2, 1918, in San Francisco, California, Kay was a 1940 graduate of U.C. Davis, and a long time resident of Davis.

Kay attended Pomona College for two years (1937-39), majoring in Botany before transferring to U. C. Davis where she graduated in Ornamental Horticultural. Katherine met her husband, Wes, while both were attending college over a Border Collie puppy that was born at the U. C. D. sheep barn. They became engaged on May 1, 1940, and married later that year on December 19th.

Katherine a fourth generation San Franciscan and an eighth generation American was involved in many civic affairs within the Davis community. When her children were youngsters, she served as a Den mother to the Central Davis Cub Scouts, a Brownie leader in Girl Scouts, and involved with 4-H.

Over the years, Kay Wooden served as President of the Davis Flower Arrangers, as a nurse helper at Davis Senior High School, as a member and corresponding secretary of Sutter Davis Hospital, and as a member of the U. C. D. Scholarship committee for Yolo County recipients. In later years, she was in charge of the green house for the Davis Senior Center.

Mrs. Wooden is survived by her son, Wayne S. Wooden of Palm Springs; daughter Marilyn Shepherd of Patricks Point; daughter Joan Wooden of Davis; sister Edith and brother-in-law Benjamin Dorfman of San Francisco.

A private family burial will take place at Davis Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Wiscombes Davis Funeral Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of ones choice.

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My condolences to Wayne, Marilyn and Joan. I have very fond childhood memories of 'Mrs. Wooden', as I always called her.

Christine Hills Jul 22 2008 12:00 AM

What fond memories we have of Kay and Wes.

Nanele and Bill Arnold Jul 15 2008 12:00 AM

Wayne, Marilyn and Joan, What fond and wonderful memories I will always have of your marvelous mother and your wonderful father. Your family was truly a huge part of the incredible place "E" st was to grow up. May God give you the comfort and peace that you need. Please know that Naomi, Evelyn and I all will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. All Our Love....the Jones Girls

Janet Jones Spang Jul 14 2008 12:00 AM

I did not meet Kate until I brought my Mom to Courtyard Health Care, where I met Kate. We hit it off immediately since she was interested in botany and I am a wildlife biologist. We talked a lot about native plants, birds, sheep, and the Sierra Nevada Mtns where we both spent a lot of time. I will miss her spunky personality and our talks.

Ed Whisler Jul 10 2008 12:00 AM