Katherine Gordon Galusha Ross of her beloved Manteo, North Carolina lived on this earth as long as she could. She was certain she would be with God and her dear dogs in heaven, and died with peace in her heart.
Katherine is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Mary Kevan Roper and George Herbert McNeal Roper and their children Mary Kevan Roper Moore and her husband Thomas Daniel Moore, George Herbert McNeal Roper, Jr., and Gordon Bohannan Galusha Roper. Katherine is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law Anna Hunt Galusha Aquino and Charles Anthony Aquino, and their children Andrew Charles Aquino and Adam Anthony Aquino.
Kitty attended Bollingbrook School in Petersburg, Virginia and graduated from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia in 1984 where she studied art. She sped away in her car after the ceremony before her family could find her to give a congratulatory hug for North Carolina’s Outer Banks and she never looked back. Katherine loved the beach life, especially Pirate’s Cove Marina where she worked in various positions over the years. The ocean, boats, sand and seagulls—those were her requirements.
Besides being devastatingly beautiful, Katherine was hilarious and kept us in stitches since she was a little girl with skits and impressions. That humor masked a deep sadness Katherine carried for the suffering of animals. She was not afraid to face and tackle outrages perpetrated on defenseless dogs and animals throughout the world, and she positively impacted the lives of countless animals in need. Animals were her passion and their pain was her cross to bear.
Katherine was admired and adored by her many friends, cherished by her family as a Weeping Willow with whom they shared a life story and all love.
A memorial service will be held for Katherine at Blandford Cemetery, 319 South Crater Road in Petersburg, Virginia, 23805 on Thursday July 2nd at 3:00 pm followed by a reception at Christ and Grace Episcopal Church, 1545 South Sycamore Street in Petersburg.
A local memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 7:00pm at Katherine’s home, 804 Back Bay Road, Manteo, NC with the Rev. Steve Smith officiating.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to your favorite animal charity.
Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.
Twiford Funeral Home (Outer Banks)
500 Budleigh Street, PO Box 595,
Fax: (252) 473-3392