Kathleen H. Conrad

Passed away on February 27, 2016
Kathleen Horton Conrad passed away peacefully in the company of her daughter Joanne and her son-in-law Robert Nelson at Liberty Commons, Chatham, Massachusetts on Saturday, February 27, 2016. Katie, as she was so affectionately called, was a woman of great spirit and was blessed with a long and very full life. She was 97 years old.Katie was born in Hawarden, Iowa, and lived her first 14 years in Minneapolis, Indianapolis, various other towns in Iowa, and Thompkins Cove and Valley Cottage in New York. She demonstrated her independent spirit early in life when she decided to go to McGill University in Montreal in the late 1930s. Following graduation she worked for the Economics Section of the League of Nations in Princeton, NJ, and then for the Commerce Department and for the United Nations and Relief Administration in Washington, DC. She was married in 1945 to Walter G. Conrad, whom she had known of from their McGill days and ran into while living in DC. She happily and graciously followed her husband's career moves to Montreal, Toronto, London, Baltimore, Mexico City, New York, and Dallas. She always spoke fondly of her years abroad, particularly their home in Weybridge, England, and then their interesting years in Mexico in the 1950s. Katie and Wally moved to Chatham in 1981 and lived there year around. On her first visit, she fell in love with Pleasant Bay and knew this was where they should retire. Katie quickly became very fond of and felt so lucky to have found the town of Chatham. She loved the beaches and taking in the view from the lighthouse until the week before she passed. Early on Katie became involved with the Eldredge Public Library, both working there and volunteering for years. She loved reading and was often found with biographies or non-fiction literature on history or animals. She made many friends in Chatham, and she cherished her quiet neighborhood. She so loved the outdoors all her life, and her favorite sports were tennis and skiing. She played tennis for 70 years, finally giving it up at age 85. When Katie wasn't on the tennis court or at the library, she could be found outdoors, either walking around her neighborhood daily or in her garden. She loved the birds, and was always beyond thrilled to see a wild animal, such as the occasional fox or coyote. She would have loved to meet a wolf, for she had a lifelong respect and passion for the species. Above all, though, she adored her late cat Duffy. A serious cat lover, her face lit up with her beautiful smile at the sight of or picture of a cat.The last three years of her life she lived at Liberty Commons, where she won the affection of the staff. The family is so thankful for their empathy, dedication and wonderful care of our dear Katie.Katie is survived by her son Allan Conrad and his wife Susan of San Antonio, Texas; her son Brian Conrad and his wife Arlene Pervin of Moyie, British Columbia; and her daughter Joanne Conrad and her husband Bob Nelson of Cape Porpoise, Maine. She also is survived by her granddaughter Margaret Stephens and her husband Adam and great-grandchildren Susan Lane and Solomon Allan Stephens of Austin, Texas.Graveside services will be private. A celebration of her life will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Eldredge Public Library in Chatham.For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.