Kathryn T. Mewhorter
Tuesday, August 20, 1929
Date of Death:
Saturday, September 26, 2020
91 years old
Kathryn T. Mewhorter
Kathryn T. Mewhorter, 91, formerly of Rochester, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Brookside Glen Assisted Living in Columbus, Georgia.
Kathryn (Kate) T. Mewhorter was born August 20, 1929 in Malta, Montana to the late Teresa O’Connor McNeal and James McNeal.
Kate was a caregiver at heart, which led her to pursue a lifelong career inhealthcare. She received her nursing degree from St. Marys School of Nursing in 1953. Not only was she a caring and compassionate nurse, she made great contributions to many diverse areas of St. Marys Hospital and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
During her career, she held many professional and leadership positions including: Nursing Supervisor, Inservice Instructor, Patient Care Coordinator, Director of Nursing Service, Assistant Director of Business Administration, Director of Patient Business Services, and Unit Head for Medical Revenue Systems. She also established the Utilization Review Section at St. Marys Hospital and served on that committee for fifteen years. Her skills were highly touted and upon her retirement, she received numerous letters from directors and co-workers thanking her for her devoted service.
In her retirement she continued her service to the community as a volunteer at both St. Marys Hospital and the Mayo Clinic, where she served as Secretary and President of the Poverello Foundation. In her spare time, Kate was a talented knitter and an avid reader. Her most precious pastime was spending time at the family cabin in Stockholm, WI, where her family would gather. She married Henry “Hank” Mewhorter and together they raised three daughters, Shawn, Erin, and Mary. Kate and Hank were happily married until his passing on November 2, 2015.
She was preceded in death by her husband; sister, Anne Gentling; and grandson, Chad Mader. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters; her sister, Margaret (Mardi) Deml of La Crosse, WI; five grandchildren, Stuart Duncombe, Rocky Vargas, Athena McLoud, Axel Mewhorter, and Olivia Mewhorter; five great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.
The family requests memorial contributions be made in her memory to the Poverello Foundation at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on October 10, 2020 at the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Following the visitation and service, the burial will be held in St. Bernard Cemetery, Stewartville, MN with a reception following at 1:00 p.m. at the Eagles Club in Rochester.
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Family of Katie Mewhorter,
My husband Art was a member of RPD and we feel a part of Katies family through the years! Katie was an amazing Nurse/cargiver etc. She was also a good Mother, Wife and friend of all she knew. I have known her for at least 60 years. My sincere sympathy to each of her family and those close to her.
Dear Mewhorter family, So sorry for your loss of Dear Kate. So many wonderful memories with your mom and dad and our families. Picnics, 4th of July parties and many Weddings. The many trips they enjoyed together with several of there friends. Was so wonderful when Kate and our mother (Vivien Har) were both at Samaritan. They were able to see and visit each other and we took them on walks and to Happy hour together. Great times our families shared and will always hold a special place in my heart!
With my deepest Sympathy and Love
Lynn Coker ( The Har Family)