Kathleen "Kathie" Arwood

January 9, 1943May 31, 2011

Kathie was born in St. Louis Missouri, the 2nd of six brothers and sisters, January 9, 1943. She married Thomas James Fortner in 1961; and gave birth to her first son, Randall Cory, on May 2, 1962, followed by Richard Bradley on February 4, 1964. She was widowed in 1965; and married Charles Arwood in 1967, and had a daughter, Robin Marie, on January 19, 1970. She enjoyed a beautiful marriage of 25 years with Charles until she was widowed again in 1992. The family moved to Colorado in 1976. Kathie’s life was full of many achievements, far more than can be listed here. She never dabbled in anything in which she had an interest. She became a master and teacher to share her knowledge with others. Kathie had a special place in her heart for children. She was a loving and proud grandma to Joey, Thomas, Kora, Andrea, May, Molly, Marie and Max. She enjoyed her position, reading to groups of children at the library, and as always dedicated herself to the children. She also took pride in special art projects at local schools, many of which are still displayed today. She is not only known for her extensive work with children’s reading projects, but also with Archeologist Dr. Bill Buckles on the El Pueblo, Boggsville, Sante Fe Trail and other local archeology projects, She is also an artist in many medias. She shared skills of pottery using local materials and Native American techniques with many, helping to develop an understanding and appreciation for the history of this area and the craft. Kathie enjoyed spending her time, even in recent months, developing children’s lesson plans for the Archeological exhibits at the Southeastern Colorado Heritage Center. Kathie was passionate and caring to all animals, all of whom she shared a special bond. Her Animal rescue efforts placed hundreds of animals to loving homes over the last 20 years even when it meant great personal sacrifices. Her memory will live on through her art, pottery, and her unselfish contributions to the causes in which she cared so deeply. Kathie will be missed greatly by her family and friends. For as long as we live, we shall remember her with joy and laughter. Please visit Kathie's full memorial at


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Kathy and Bob Marshall

June 13, 2011

Robin, Rick and Randy, We will remember Kathy for her generosity and caring nature. She made the cutest toys for our girls Chris and Cindy when they were little. We will keep her in our hearts and have great memories of her. God bless you all. She will be missed.

Linda Tucker

June 12, 2011

I am sorry for you kids and the grand-kids.
Kate and I were pretty close in our younger days
I loved her and I will miss her.
Please don't let anything come between you kids.
love to all,Aunt Linda

Linda Tucker,

June 9, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Teresa Albo Montera and Bernadette Albo

David & Valerie Hockman

June 9, 2011

We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your momma. She was such a sweet lady and it was always a joy getting to visit with her. Rick, you and your family hold a special place in our hearts and memories. We pray that our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, give you peace, comfort and strength during this time.

Jeanne Giebe

June 7, 2011

"There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go." - Author Unknown
Randy, Rick and Robin...knowing what it's like to lose someone who is the closest person you have ever known, a mother, I understand your thoughts and feelings today. You and the grandkids are in my prayers and thoughts every day. Take care of yourselves. Love, Jeanne

Sandy "Hockman" Osborne

June 5, 2011

Randy, Rick & Robin,
I am so sorry for your great loss. Your mom was a wonderful, loving and caring women. I join with you in sorrow, I will miss her smiling face and great outlook on life. She was a true fighter. I pray God will give you and your families comfort and peace now and always.
Sandy "Hockman" Osborne

June 2, 2011

Kathy, I will miss our talks, rest in peace now, love, your sister, Pattie

June 2, 2011

I am so sorry for your loss.
Laurie, Damian, Brandi, and Mitchell.

Tom Giebe

June 2, 2011


We will miss you every day. Be at peace sis, we will see you soon.

Your baby brother,