Kathleen Marie Bise passed away at Coulee Medical Center in Grand Coulee, Wash., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at the age of 71. She was born April 11, 1942, in Spokane, Wash. She was the first of four daughters born to Clifford Doolittle and Lorraine Alden.
Kathie grew up in Spokane. She graduated from Rogers High School and then completed cosmetology school. She met Earl Bise and they married on January 20, 1962. They were married for 51 years and had three children; Tracey, Clifford and Mark. Kathie and Earl lived many places throughout the Northwest while Earl worked construction jobs as a driller. They eventually settled in the Grand Coulee Dam area in 1977.
Kathie enjoyed many hobbies throughout her years including bowling, ceramics, and crocheting. Her most recent love was quilting. Most of her beautiful quilts were given as gifts to her many loved family members and friends. Kathie was also active in her church and gave generously to help those less fortunate than herself.
Kathie was preceded in death by her father, Clifford Doolittle and son, Clifford (Andy) Bise.
She is survived by her mother, Lorraine Alden; husband, Earl Bise; sisters, Grace Elverum, Bonnie Shashani and Mildred James; children, Tracey Blessing and Mark Bise; grandchildren, Angela, Scott, Petra, Hilary, Tyler, Gracie and Jessa; great-granddaughters Elizabeth and Patricia and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family is planning on a memorial in the spring. Services will be announced in the Star Newspaper at a later date.