Kathryn Gilbert Tennis passed away peacefully the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. She was 96 years old.
Born Kathryn Valera Gilbert July 23, 1921 to Guy and Katy Gilbert in Avon, Wash., she grew up and went to school in Sedro-Woolley and Mount Vernon.
Kathryn graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1939. She attended Western Washington College of Education until the beginning of WWII, when she married Clarence E. Tennis and began a marriage that lasted more than 50 years.
The couple settled in Oak Harbor. where they raised four children, Clarence (Skip) Tennis (Barbara), Mary Wynn, Mike Tennis (Jeanne) and Danae Glover (Don).
Kathryn was a stay-at-home mom, very involved in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts as a leader and trainer.
Many girls who grew up in Oak Harbor have fond memories of “Mrs. Tennis” as their Girl Scout leader. Kathryn worked after her kids were grown for several years at Oak Harbor Florist, creating beauty with flowers. She was a gardener, a lover of birds and wildlife, of nature and of her family.
She is survived by her son Mike of Arlington, Wash., and her daughter Danae of Bow, Wash. She leaves behind 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Kathryn was predeceased by her mother and father, her husband Clarence, her son Skip, daughter Mary, granddaughter Lisa and grandson Matthew.
Private interment will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor followed by a celebration of Kathryn’s life and open house at the old family home, now the residence of her grandson, Alan Wynn, at 248 B SE Ely St., Oak Harbor.
A very special thank you to her great-grand daughter Emily Wynn, for managing Grandma’s care at home, making it possible for her to stay there as long as possible. And also thanks to the staff at Where the Heart Is, and especially to Skagit Hospice for creating and carrying out a plan for the end of life without pain or fear.