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Marin Independent Journal
Saturday, February 9, 2002

Kathryn Ann McLain (nee Gulbranson)

Age 75 years, of Minneapolis, died on February 5, 2002. She was preceded in death by granddaughter, Rabonni; sister, Loretta Hiestand; and foster son, Kassahun Gebre Michael. Kathryn died peacefully in the arms of her devoted husband of 56 years, Bud, and was surrounded by family and friends. Kathryn was the loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother of children: Christeen, Francis (Cere), Harley (Julie), Mary (Barry) Bram of Marin County, Faith (Wolfgang) Kirchdorfer, J.B. (Kris); foster daughter, Addie; grandchildren: Carrie (B.J.), Juno (Kim), Kathryn; Alakhi, Dane, Sohnja; Molly, Mira, Matt; Summer (Mark), McLain, Aharon, Gabe; Max, Mary; Greta, Eamonn, Mose; Farrah; great-grandchildren: Mark, Dallas, Shania, B.J.; Jordan, Taylor; siblings: Margaret (Lloyd), Gertrude (Vern), Barbara (Harley), Raymond, Dorothy, Jerry (Judy) and Darryl; sister-in-law, Verla; many adoring nieces and nephews; and life-long friend Ilamae Jacobson.
Kathryn was born February 8, 1926, in Portland, North Dakota. She was the daughter of Harold and Alma (Brend). She graduated from Southwest High School, Minneapolis, in 1944. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse near Hillsboro, ND, until she married the Rev. Bernard McLain in 1945. She attended Mayville Teachers College and graduated from Montana State University, Phi Kappa Phi. Later she earned a master's degree in Guidance and Counseling from Mankato State. She taught English, German and Civics and directed plays at Jamestown High School and Winthrop High. Kathy was a life-long educator and activist for social justice and was proud to have served as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1972 and to have been a friend of the Peace Pilgrim. She held offices, including President, of Church Women United and the Montana Women's Fellowship. She was a Delegate to the Grand Council of the United Church of Christ at Yale and served on the curriculum committee for Christian Education of the U.C.C. She was also active as both a member and office holder of the MN Education Assoc., Winthrop Education Association, Clergy and Laity Concerned, Another Mother for Peace, Winthrop Community Theatre, Eastern Star, PEO, and the Sons of Norway. She was also a charter member of Friendly Town. Life transforming experiences for our cherished Kathy were the birth of her first child and hearing the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech. Kathryn loved the arts, nature, travel and was a masterful storyteller who maintained her sense of humor and sharp wit until her last breath. Mom was a friend to all. Special thanks go to Hospice of MN and the loving people of HCMC for honoring and caring for our beloved Kathy. Happy Birthday, Mom. Memorial Service Saturday 2/9/02 at 12 noon, Mayflower Community Congregational Church, 106 East Diamond Lake Road, Mpls. 612-824-0761. Memorials preferred to the Mayflower Church Foundation.
Cremation Society of MN, 612-825-2435.

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