Katherine was born and raised in the Nipawin area, first on a farm east of Codette and then moving with her family to the Moose Plains area. She was the third of four children born to Jim and Katherine Gane, and their only daughter. Kathy often told the story about how, growing up with 3 brothers, she never learned to play with dolls and they were always hanging them or operating on them, so they ended up with broken noses and missing an arm or a leg. Kathy was happier playing outside, jumping from a loft into a pile of hay, tobogganing and skiing on the hills in the family's back yard in the winter, playing baseball, going for long walks, picking berries, looking for the first robin's nest, or scaring up a squirrel or rabbit in the summer. Moose Plains held many happy memories for her.
Kathy loved school and reading stories from the Bible. She attended her first years of school in Moose Plains before going to Nipawin for high school. As there were no school buses in those days, Kathy boarded in Nipawin with Mr. and Mrs. Potts and maintained a friendship with them after graduating from high school. Kathy then moved to Regina and took a business course at Balfour Tech. Upon graduation, she moved back to Nipawin and took a job in reception at the Nipawin Hospital. She made many lifelong friends among the nurses and aides, as well as attracting the attention of a young beekeeper, Bill Hamilton.
Bill and Kathy were married in March 1954 and had four sons over the next ten years: Rob, Jack, Scott, and Cam. Kathy enjoyed beekeeping with Bill and his mother, and they spent many hours driving the country with the back of their station wagon full of bee equipment and children. When Bill and Kathy were awarded a Life Membership to the Saskatchewan Bee Association, Kathy became the first woman in Saskatchewan to receive such an honor. They passed their passion for beekeeping along to all four of their sons and several of their grandchildren.
Kathy's other great passion was her family and she treasured the time she spent with all of her nine grandchildren and, later, her 14 great-grandchildren. She always enjoyed cuddling a new great-grand baby or reading stories to the older ones.
Kathy also found time to devote many hours to volunteer work in the community. She was an active member of St. John's Anglican Church, the Rebekahs, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Kinettes and the K-40 Club, the Codette Housing Authority, and Meal on Wheels. She enjoyed curling in her younger years and traveling when she got older. Her favorite activities in recent years were going out for lunch with the East of Codette Womens Group, the Codette Ladies Group, and the Moose Plains Group.
Kathy was pre-deceased by her husband Bill, her brothers Jim and Charles Gane, her sisters-in-law Anne Gane, Linda Gane, and Doreen Berry, her brother-in-law, Don Berry, and nephews Doug Gane and Chico Rodier.
Kathy will be deeply missed by her four sons: Rob (Marylou), Jack (Lorraine), Scott (Nancy), and Cam (Kim), her nine grandchildren and their spouses, her fourteen great-grandchildren, her brother Richard Gane, sister-in-law Ann Gane, cousins Anne and Dewey Wakeford and their family, as well as many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.