Catherine Louise Walden
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday May 5 at the Church of the Nazarene in Bishop for Catherine “Kitty” Louise Walden. All who knew and loved Kitty are welcome to join in remembering her.
Born Aug. 3, 1919 in London, England, Catherine Louise Walden, or Kitty, as most knew her, died at the Bishop Care Center on Saturday April 23, 2011. She was 91.
As a young girl Kitty moved to Canada with her parents and eventually ended up in Quincy, where her father was a miner. His occupation led them to Benton, where she and her brothers and sisters were raised.
This was the beginning of her nearly lifelong residence in the Owens Valley. Kitty was the first female school bus driver of Bishop and many locals will remember her as their bus driver when they were kids. Numerous others will remember her as their nurse’s aide at Northern Inyo Hospital where she worked for many years.
During World War II Kitty became a real life Rosie the Riveter by assembling flame throwing tanks in Benicia to support the war effort. Kitty loved art and especially painting where she frequently used the local sights in her oil paintings. Gardening was another hobby that she was fond of, and could often be found in her garden when the weather was good. Among her numerous hobbies one of her most favorite, however little known, was antique bottle digging and collecting.
Kitty made friends easily wherever she worked or lived. She enjoyed visits with the friends that she acquired over her lifetime. She loved and was very proud of her children and grandchildren. One of the great joys of her life was being involved in their lives, by cooking their favorite meals, supporting them at their sporting events and reminiscing on memories in conversations.
She was wonderful, loving and caring as a mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed.
Kitty was preceded in death by her husband, Ted Smith, and later husband, Hubert Walden; and brother, Homer Bosley.
She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Sandy and Nancy Reed, and their children, all of Bishop; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Carl Lind of Bishop; son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Margaret Smith of Washington; daughter, Beverly Luria of Florida; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Laura Smith of Bishop; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Donations in Kitty’s memory can be made to Friends of Eastern Sierra Gardens at Eastern Sierra Community Bank. All donations made will go toward the new community garden in the Bishop City Park where a memorial plaque will be placed in her honor.