Obit — Catherine Richetta Laidlaw
A celebration of life will take place Jan. 18 for Catherine Richetta Laidlaw, who died peacefully in her sleep Dec. 12, 2002, at St. Maries, Idaho. She was 97.
Mrs. Laidlaw was born March 1, 1905, at Ahmeek, Mich., and grew up in Vacaville, Calif., where she graduated from Vacaville High School in 1923. She lived in Sacramento, Calif., for more than 75 years, where she worked as a bookkeeper at Weinstock’s department store and was an active member of Fremont Presbyterian Church, Rainbow Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Ila Neb Court of the Ladies of the Oriental Shrine, White Shrine and Tuesday Club. She moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1997 to be with her family.
She enjoyed singing and participating in the drill teams and choruses of the lodges to which she belonged as well as sewing, arts and crafts and helping others. During her time at Lake Tahoe, she liked to attend concerts and plays at Lake Tahoe Community College and was a member of Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Roberta Mason of South Lake Tahoe; son and daughter-in-law, Gilbert and Shirley Laidlaw of St. Maries, Idaho; grandchildren and their spouses, David and Lori Mason, and Scott Mason of South Lake Tahoe, Michael Laidlaw of Roseville, Calif., and Karen and Rick Thurston and Kendall and Eric Gjevre of St. Maries; and great-grandchildren, Dakota, Alicia and Courtney Mason of South Lake Tahoe, Jason and Rebekah Laidlaw of Roseville, and Stephanie, Nathan, Kristina, and William Thurston and Kate and Matthew Gjevre, all of St. Maries. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert B. Laidlaw; sister, Ann McLaughlin; and brothers, George and Jack Richetta.
Private interment took place Dec. 16 at East Lawn Cemetery, Sacramento. Friends are invited to join the family in a celebration of life at 11 a.m. Jan. 18 at Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento.
Gifts in Mrs. Laidlaw’s memory may be made to a charity of choice.
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