In memory of
Katherine Nisbet Dean
In memory of
Katherine Nisbet Dean
Katherine Nisbet Dean passed in her sleep on January 21, 2021, in Lenoir City Tennessee. She had been a resident in an assisted-living facility near her son Brian since November 2015. Katherine was born July 8, 1929, and is the third of four children to James and Ruth Nisbet of Pomona, CA. Before her graduation from Chaffey High School (Ontario, CA), Katherine helped out in the family orange groves, was active in Jobs Daughters Int'l, as well as being Honor Queen, and also took piano lessons for 9 years from the family friend, Mrs. Walker. While she attended Chaffey Community College, her brother Rick set her up on a blind date with her future husband John F. Dean, of Ontario. CA. They were married in August 1949. Katherine completed her last 2 years of schooling at Whittier College, graduating with an Education degree in 1951. During her time at Whittier College, Katherine was initiated into the Palmer Society and remained in close contact with many of her Palmer Sisters throughout her life. In 1955, Katherine and John, with two small children in tow, moved to the Newport Beach area, living on Balboa Island and in the Newport Heights area. They built a two-story home in the Dover Shores - Westcliff area and moved in the summer of 1959. The Dean family joined St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, of which John and Katherine began their active lives in the church, with Katherine leading Bible studies, helping with the organist duties as well as singing in the church choir. Katherine was installed as an Elder at St. Andrews and was the first woman to be placed in this honorable position. In the 1960s, Katherine was involved in several women groups, including PEO, and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Katherine is a very committed woman of faith and was active in the Presbyterian Church and United Presbyterian Women (UPW). She served as Moderator of Los Ranchos Presbytery (regional body) and President of UPW's Los Ranchos Presbyterial and President of the Synodical Association of Southern California and Hawaii, including all 7 of the local Presbytery organizations. Katherine was selected as the National President of the United Presbyterian Women (UPW) from 1982 to 1985. This position is quite an honor and required Katherine to travel extensively to many church organizations around the nation. As her church responsibilities and duties slowed, Katherine began to travel/explore many continents and vacation sites around the world. She made it a priority to take EACH grandchild on their own one-on-one excursions with 'Grandmother'. Megan went to Alaska, Meredith went to New York and Toronto, Robinson went to Peru and Machu Pichu (with Karol, and John), and Garrett went to Belize and Guatemala (with Kathy and John). Each and every excursion was a lesson in learning and exploring as well as a bonding time with Grandmother. Katherine and John did manage their own travels, which included several trips to their favorites: Kona, Hawaii, and Sedona, Arizona. Katherine's last excursion was with her daughter, Karol, as they spent 30 days together and exploring Nepal, Burma, Thailand, and the surrounding areas. As it turned out, this was the trip of a lifetime. In 2012, the Dean family lost daughter Karol to a very sudden brain aneurysm, and seven months later Katherine suffered a stroke, causing her to lose her sense of balance. After two years of rehabilitation and losing John in May 2015, after 65 years of marriage, Katherine chose to move to Lenoir City, Tennessee to be near her son Brian and daughter-in-law Kathleen. Katherine moved into an assisted living facility (The Lantern) which was 15 minutes away. Brian and Kathleen live in Loudon, TN. Katherine enjoyed Tennessee (especially the 'fall-colors') and remained active in her Physical Therapy and bi-weekly outings to explore Lenoir City and the surrounding areas. Her GREATEST EVENTS while in Tennessee was to turn 90 years old AND HAVE ALL THE GRANDCHILDREN IN ATTENDANCE. The dinner, which was planned and discussed with Katherine weeks before, was one of the special places she enjoyed many times. BUT to have the grandchildren, and one great-grandchild she had never seen before, involved was absolutely priceless. Katherine thoroughly enjoyed the event and a fun time was had by all. The other occasion, which occurred in August 2020, was the wedding of her last grandchild Garrett. With a wedding originally planned for mid-April, the covid-pandemic put a stop to all events. The plans were delayed to mid-August and went off as planned. Katherine attended the wedding, the photo-shoot, and the sit-down reception with the biggest smile you would ever see. She really enjoyed the entire festivities. Katherine's life was full of discovery, excitement, and leadership positions. She is loved by many friends and family members. Katherine was preceded in death by John, her husband of 65 years, and her daughter Karol Dean Hicks, of Holland, Michigan, her brother Jim Nisbet of Chehalis, WA, her brother Rick Nisbet of Cheyenne, WY, her parents Jim and Ruth Nisbet, brother-in-law Norbert 'Jack' Nolden of San Dimas, CA, sister-in-law Loyale Rae Dean of Big Bear City, CA, and sister-in-law Helen Nisbet Roberts of Harrisville, MI. Katherine is survived by her sister Margaret Jean Nolden of San Dimas, CA, brother-in-law Jimmy Dean of Lake Havasu City, AZ, son Brian and his wife Kathleen of Loudon, TN, granddaughter Megan DeYoung and her husband Peter of San Antonio, TX, granddaughter Meredith Conrow and husband Alan of South Lyon, MI, grandson Robinson Hicks and wife Lindsey of Holland, MI. and grandson Garrett Dean and his wife Heather of White Pine, TN. Katherine is also survived by twelve great-grandchildren.
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In memory of
Katherine Nisbet Dean
Katherine Nisbet Dean passed in her sleep on January 21, 2021, in Lenoir City Tennessee. She had been a resident in an assisted-living facility near her son Brian since November 2015. Katherine was born July 8, 1929, and is the third of four children to James and Ruth Nisbet of Pomona, CA. Before her graduation from Chaffey High School (Ontario, CA), Katherine helped out in the family orange groves, was active in Jobs Daughters Int'l, as well as being Honor Queen, and also took piano lessons for 9 years from the family friend, Mrs. Walker. While she attended Chaffey Community College, her brother Rick set her up on a blind date with her future husband John F. Dean, of Ontario. CA. They were married in August 1949. Katherine completed her last 2 years of schooling at Whittier College, graduating with an Education degree in 1951. During her time at Whittier College, Katherine was initiated into the Palmer Society and remained in close contact with many of her Palmer Sisters throughout her life. In 1955, Katherine and John, with two small children in tow, moved to the Newport Beach area, living on Balboa Island and in the Newport Heights area. They built a two-story home in the Dover Shores - Westcliff area and moved in the summer of 1959. The Dean family joined St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, of which John and Katherine began their active lives in the church, with Katherine leading Bible studies, helping with the organist duties as well as singing in the church choir. Katherine was installed as an Elder at St. Andrews and was the first woman to be placed in this honorable position. In the 1960s, Katherine was involved in several women groups, including PEO, and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Katherine is a very committed woman of faith and was active in the Presbyterian Church and United Presbyterian Women (UPW). She served as Moderator of Los Ranchos Presbytery (regional body) and President of UPW's Los Ranchos Presbyterial and President of the Synodical Association of Southern California and Hawaii, including all 7 of the local Presbytery organizations. Katherine was selected as the National President of the United Presbyterian Women (UPW) from 1982 to 1985. This position is quite an honor and required Katherine to travel extensively to many church organizations around the nation. As her church responsibilities and duties slowed, Katherine began to travel/explore many continents and vacation sites around the world. She made it a priority to take EACH grandchild on their own one-on-one excursions with 'Grandmother'. Megan went to Alaska, Meredith went to New York and Toronto, Robinson went to Peru and Machu Pichu (with Karol, and John), and Garrett went to Belize and Guatemala (with Kathy and John). Each and every excursion was a lesson in learning and exploring as well as a bonding time with Grandmother. Katherine and John did manage their own travels, which included several trips to their favorites: Kona, Hawaii, and Sedona, Arizona. Katherine's last excursion was with her daughter, Karol, as they spent 30 days together and exploring Nepal, Burma, Thailand, and the surrounding areas. As it turned out, this was the trip of a lifetime. In 2012, the Dean family lost daughter Karol to a very sudden brain aneurysm, and seven months later Katherine suffered a stroke, causing her to lose her sense of balance. After two years of rehabilitation and losing John in May 2015, after 65 years of marriage, Katherine chose to move to Lenoir City, Tennessee to be near her son Brian and daughter-in-law Kathleen. Katherine moved into an assisted living facility (The Lantern) which was 15 minutes away. Brian and Kathleen live in Loudon, TN. Katherine enjoyed Tennessee (especially the 'fall-colors') and remained active in her Physical Therapy and bi-weekly outings to explore Lenoir City and the surrounding areas. Her GREATEST EVENTS while in Tennessee was to turn 90 years old AND HAVE ALL THE GRANDCHILDREN IN ATTENDANCE. The dinner, which was planned and discussed with Katherine weeks before, was one of the special places she enjoyed many times. BUT to have the grandchildren, and one great-grandchild she had never seen before, involved was absolutely priceless. Katherine thoroughly enjoyed the event and a fun time was had by all. The other occasion, which occurred in August 2020, was the wedding of her last grandchild Garrett. With a wedding originally planned for mid-April, the covid-pandemic put a stop to all events. The plans were delayed to mid-August and went off as planned. Katherine attended the wedding, the photo-shoot, and the sit-down reception with the biggest smile you would ever see. She really enjoyed the entire festivities. Katherine's life was full of discovery, excitement, and leadership positions. She is loved by many friends and family members. Katherine was preceded in death by John, her husband of 65 years, and her daughter Karol Dean Hicks, of Holland, Michigan, her brother Jim Nisbet of Chehalis, WA, her brother Rick Nisbet of Cheyenne, WY, her parents Jim and Ruth Nisbet, brother-in-law Norbert 'Jack' Nolden of San Dimas, CA, sister-in-law Loyale Rae Dean of Big Bear City, CA, and sister-in-law Helen Nisbet Roberts of Harrisville, MI. Katherine is survived by her sister Margaret Jean Nolden of San Dimas, CA, brother-in-law Jimmy Dean of Lake Havasu City, AZ, son Brian and his wife Kathleen of Loudon, TN, granddaughter Megan DeYoung and her husband Peter of San Antonio, TX, granddaughter Meredith Conrow and husband Alan of South Lyon, MI, grandson Robinson Hicks and wife Lindsey of Holland, MI. and grandson Garrett Dean and his wife Heather of White Pine, TN. Katherine is also survived by twelve great-grandchildren.
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