"Be faithful, even to death and I will give you the crown of life." Kathy was a woman of strong faith all of her life. She always loved the Lord first and foremost and she passed that love and faithfulness on to her children and grandchildren. She was a good example.
Kathy was born February 9, 1958 at the old County Hospital in Hot Springs, the second child of Frank L. and Leona C. (Kelley) Sanford, both deceased.
Kathy grew up in the Thompson Falls area at the Harlow Ranch, Whitepine and Belknap, graduating from Thompson Falls High School. She then worked for the Forest Service and at Lawyer's Nursery. In 1982 she married Clayton Mathers and moved to Plains. They were later divorced. Kathy remained in the Plains area living many years very near the end of River Road West. She loved the quiet and seclusion. Later when she moved to town, it was "too noisy." Kathy worked for a time at the Plains Subway and for the past several years at the food service department at Clark Fork Valley Hospital.
Kathy knew almost everyone in Plains. Her Dad would say that it takes Kathy forever just to go get the mail because she stops to talk to everyone she sees.
Kathy loved her children and grandchildren dearly. She was so happy to spend the past two months with her daughters and her son, Zach, was able to spend most weekends with her, traveling from his various job sites. She so much wanted to see the new grandbabies coming in August, Liz a baby girl and Aletheia twin boys. We are pretty sure our benevolent Father will allow her a glimpse or two.
Kathy is survived by her children, Elizabeth (Brad) Kramer of Roundup, Mont., Zachariah (April) Mathers of Plains, and Aletheia (Ben) Da Giau of Lockwood, Mont.; grandchildren, Curtis, Carmiya, William, Rivkah and Raakel Kramer, Isiah, Landen, Tesslah and Myah Mathers and Hadassah Da Giau; brothers and sisters, Michael (Pamela) Sanford of Plains, Jennifer (Lonnie) Stevens of Denver Colo., Timothy Sanford of Kalispell, Daniel Sanford of Kalispell, Jessica Lenz of Kalispell, numerous nieces and nephews; all her many friends and church family.
A memorial service was held Saturday, June 11 at Missionary Alliance Church officiated by Joel Bantam.
Kathy will be forever remembered as beloved Mother, Grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Her hugs, bright smile, laughter and cheerfulness forever missed.