Mary Catherine Slade Mary Catherine (Kay) Hickman Slade peacefully handed away on January 26, 2021. She was 99 and a longtime resident of Greenbrae. The daughter of Cuthbert and Teresa Hickman, she was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho, the place her father was the Dean of the School of Agriculture on the College of Idaho. Kay attended the College of Idaho majoring in house economics. Following a household custom, she joined the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma. When Kay graduated, WWII was starting and she or he selected to enlist within the Military. She was despatched to Vanderbilt College for graduate research in dietetics, after which she was assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia as a dietitian. At Fort Benning, she met and commenced relationship a fellow serviceman, Main Todd H. Slade. After some time, he obtained orders to go away for task in Mexico Metropolis, and he requested Kay, “Are you coming with me?” Shocked at first, she lastly realized it was a wedding proposal and mentioned “sure.” That was the start of a really adventurous lifetime of journey and residing in many alternative international locations, beginning with 4 years in Mexico Metropolis in a diplomatic function for Todd as Military Attache` for the US Embassy. Kay was a pure; she was elegant, had a peaceful character and she or he rapidly picked up Spanish. She beloved her diplomatic function entertaining the Mexican military educators and assembly international dignitaries. However not eager to waste the dietetics coaching she obtained, she enlisted within the Military energetic Reserves and did her annual two weeks of service and coaching till she retired a few years later, with the rank of Colonel. When the Mexico Metropolis task and a subsequent one in San Antonio, Texas had been accomplished, Todd was assigned to Korea for a 12 months, and Kay returned to Moscow to her sorority as a home mom for a 12 months. The sorority ladies beloved her and could not get sufficient of her tales about residing in Mexico Metropolis in a diplomat’s function. It additionally gave Kay a possibility to follow her information of dietetics on the younger ladies to assist them keep wholesome. After Korea, Todd retired and he and Kay traveled the world, finally touchdown in Madrid, Spain the place they spent seven years. Each studied on the College of Madrid, the place Todd obtained a Ph.D. and Kay studied with the Facultad de Filosofia Y Letras. Whereas there, they entertained many pals and acquaintances they met from their travels and the Military. Kay beloved the life in Madrid! She would describe their evenings out, going from one tapas bar to a different, after which lastly settling right down to a beautiful meal fairly late within the night. Ultimately, they returned to the U.S., deciding to settle in Marin County. It was an space the place a number of of their pals from the Military had retired, and the Presidio was shut together with Letterman’s Hospital. Kay and Todd each retired from energetic reserves as full Colonels within the Military. As soon as settled of their pretty house in Greenbrae, California, the place they’d dwell and entertain for the remainder of their lives, Kay and Todd wanted some gardening recommendation and had been referred to the Marin Backyard Middle (now Marin Artwork and Backyard Middle). As Kay tells it, “We obtained such nice recommendation and the folks had been so good, we thought it could be enjoyable to be concerned indirectly.” Kay was energetic within the Middle for greater than 40 years, even serving as president of the board for a number of years. Kay and Todd had been so happy with their work with the Middle that anytime pals or household came visiting, they insisted on touring the backyard to see the brand new plantings. In case you got here the week of the large annual plant sale, Kay and Todd put you to work, serving to to pot crops for it and anything they signed as much as do. Kay additionally served on the board and secretary for the Moya Library – Ross Historic Society. She was an energetic member of the St. John’s Episcopal Church and she or he was a member of P.E.O. chapter and D.A.R. Kay was preceded in dying by her husband, Todd, who handed in 1993; her sister, Margaret (1979); and her stepdaughter, Kate Slade Murty (2009). Kay is survived by her stepdaughter, Barbara Redfield and her granddaughter, Karena Weil (Dan Weil). She can be survived by the kids of Kate: Barbara Gonzalez-Mendez, Barbara Weston, Natalie Weston and Robert Todd Weston. She can be survived by the kids of her deceased sister, Margaret Meyer: Stephen Meyer, Gary Meyer, Susan Meyer, Joan Meyer, and Hint Harris. The household would additionally wish to acknowledge and thank Martin O’Neill and Laura Montejano, who had been her good pals, and who made it potential for Kay to dwell in her house till her passing. There shall be a web based service for Kay carried out by St. John’s Episcopal Church on February 20, 2021 at 1p.m. If excited about additional data, please electronic mail: email@example.com.
Printed in Marin Unbiased Journal on Feb. 17, 2021.