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Kathryn Elizabeth McDuffie (Rhoads)

December 15, 1915 - April 4, 2016

A family memorial service will take place this summer.

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Kathryn Elizabeth McDuffie, 100, of Sweet Home, Oregon passed away Monday, April 4, 2016. She was born in Seivert Township, Cavalier County, North Dakota to Nathaniel Rutter and Connie Ruth (Cornwall) Rhoads.

She spent most of her childhood in North Dakota. She graduated from Northwestern Christian College in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1936. She later moved to the state of Washington with her family.

Kathryn was living in Colfax, Washington when she met and married Donald Maynard McDuffie on April 1, 1945. They moved to Bellingham in 1946 when Donald lost his eyesight. They moved to Spokane, Washington in 1954, to Olympia, Washington in 1972, and then to Albany in 1981. Kathryn moved to Sweet Home in 2004 with her daughter and family. She recently moved to Butterfly Meadow Adult Foster Care in Lebanon.

She was a dental assistant and held various office positions in the 1940s. She worked at Whitworth College, mainly in the library, from 1958 through 1969. She assisted her husband with his business from 1972 until his retirement in 1981. After moving to Albany, she joined Royal Neighbors and volunteered at the Albany Senior Center. She was a member of the Lebanon Presbyterian Church.

Kathryn is survived by her daughter, Karen Young; sister Myrna Manley; brother Arlin Rhoads; two grandchildren and two great grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her spouse, Donald McDuffie, in 1986; infant son Douglas in 1946; siblings Nathalie Sanford in 2008, Conrad Rhoads in 2006, and John Rhoads in 2002; and her parents.

A family memorial service will take place this summer.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.