Katherine Mary Lott, 53, of Baker City, died Nov. 3, 2005, after a very courageous and long battle with cervical cancer. Her memorial service was Sunday at the Eagles Lodge.
Kathy was born on Sept. 28, 1952, to Ervin and Virginia Burch at North Platte, Neb.
She married John Leon Lott Sr. on Dec. 4, 1971, at Springfield. Together they had three children: Christina, Brian and John Jr.
Kathy lived all over Oregon, including 10 years on the McKenzie River and the last eight years in Baker City, where she finally owned her own home.
She was a longtime member of the American Legion, where she was chaplain for a number of years. She also was a member of the Eagles Lodge.
Kathy was a real social bug. She loved everybody she met. She had many friends, and they were all very important to her. But the real love of her life was her grandchildren, who brought her lots of joy.
Kathy had many kinds of jobs, and her favorite was being a caregiver. She loved camping, fishing, traveling and her barbecue parties. She loved music, bus trips to Winnemucca, Thursday night music at the Legion and karaoke.
Her nickname was “Laughalot” — she laughed out loud and a lot. Kathy had a huge love for life, and she lived life to its fullest right to the very end.
She was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She said there are no goodbyes, but we’ll meet again someday.
Survivors include her children, Christina Blankenship and her husband, Kevin, of Baker City, Brian Lott and John Lott Jr., both of Ontario; grandchildren, Arron Sheridan, Eric Sheridan, Morgan, Breanna and Skylar Blankenship; siblings, Carol Free and her husband, Al, of Baker City, Ervin Burch and his wife, Kay, of Missouri, Shelly Howell and her husband, Denny, of Florence, Doug Burch and his wife, Tina, of North Platte, Neb., and Sheila Peel and her husband, Mike, of Seattle; nephews, Adam Larson, Christopher Larson and his wife, Heather, and Timothy Larson and his wife, Beccha, all of Florence, Kristian Burch and his wife, Jamie, of Portland, Jacob Peel of Seattle, and Chad, Chase and Colton Ficek of Florence; nieces, Brandi and Misti Burch of Missouri, Amber and Kimberly Martin of Seattle and Nicole and Gabriel Burch of Nebraska; numerous great-nieces and nephews and one great-great nephew who was born Nov. 1, who she waited for; many aunts and uncles, her loving grandmother, Eleanor Hartman; numerous cousins; stepfather, Keith Halladay; stepmother, Fran Burch; and her special partner, Jay Chandler.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Lott Sr.; her mother, Virginia Halladay; her father, Ervin Burch Sr.; and a brother-in-law, John Ficek.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion or Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814, for cremation costs.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 11, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor