Katherine was born in Lamar, Barton County, Missouri in 1903. Her parents Charles Yancy Trice and Luna Estelle “Lena” Drake Trice had three daughters: Ruth who died at age 10; Helen and Katherine.
Katherine became a school teacher at age 17 and taught in Geuda Springs, Kansas. She became a high school principal before she was 21. She had to stop working when she married Jess Harlan Severs in 1925 in Pittsburg, Crawford County Kansas.
Katherine, also known as K.T., and Jess had two daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret.
About 1935 the family of four loaded up a car with everything they owned and drove to California. They lived in Southern California for the rest of their lives, moving around for some time. They then settled in El Monte, in a small house filled with books. Katherine also loved to garden and for many years had over 40 rose bushes in her front yard. One of her greatest frustrations was that she was unable to watch one sporting event on television (with the sound off), listen to another on the radio, knit and read all at the same time. She had to choose between knitting and reading.
Katherine died in 1988 in Los Angeles County, after an illness that was probably accelerated by dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
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