Kathleen Teresa Gaddis was born April 3, 1933 and passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7:10 a.m. surrounded by a loving extended family and several close friends. She was 80 years old. Born in Manitoba, Canada she married William James (Bill) Gaddis in 1953 in Caldwell, Idaho and subsequently the couple had six children together, Patricia Kathleen (Tricia), Theresa Lynn (Teri), Anne Marie, David William, Mark Alan, and James Brian (Jim), all of whom survive her. Though Bill and Kathleen divorced in 1983, they remained close to the end, frequently celebrating life milestones with their six children (and assorted spouses), 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Nicknamed "Bubbles" in her youth, Kathleen spent the first eight years of her life living on a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada with her grandparents, Felix and Julianna Regenwetter (of Luxembourg and Bavaria, respectively). Her mother brought her to the United States when she was nine and settled her in Baker, Ore., enrolling her in a Catholic boarding school there. That is where she met her future husband, Bill, who was a day student.
Married life began in Long Beach, Calif. where Bill worked as a police officer. Several years later, after the birth of their fourth child, they moved north to Oregon, settling in Jacksonville. Bill worked at Mon Desir restaurant as a bartender while going to school to become a civil engineer, and Kathleen took care of their growing family. Obtaining an engineering job with the state of Oregon upon graduation, Bill and Kathleen moved their family of eight from Roseburg, to Myrtle Point, to Dillard, finally settling in Central Point in 1970 when Bill took a job with Jackson County. Kathleen nearly always worked full time as well, including at the parole office in Medford, at Sun Studs in Roseburg, and at Aeroquip Tomkins-Johnson in White City where she started as a secretary and progressed through more demanding roles of responsibility eventually running the office administratively and taking care of HR, event planning, and more.
Always very spiritual and community oriented, in addition to providing endless loving support to her own family (and many of her children's friends), Kathleen found her most recent community at Grants Pass Center for Spiritual Living where she was part of the healing ministry. A certified master practitioner (NLP Business and Spiritual Consultant), her business card theme and outlook was "Imagine Loving Your World." Her ministry often took her to locations ranging from prisons to veteran's service centers where she offered inspiration, teaching, and love to all who requested it. Her NLP Masters International Health Certification and processes were "tools of the spirit" that helped heal many she worked with.
A favorite quote she lived by was Einstein's, "I want to know God's thoughts; the rest are details". A celebration of life will take place at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Center for Spiritual Living in Grants Pass. Her ashes will be released by her family at the Oregon coast, a place she cherished. Kathleen is already greatly missed by the many people who have loved her so deeply.