Kathleen C. York

Mar 11, 1921 - Sep 13, 2020


                Kathleen York passed from this life and entered into her eternal reward on Sunday, September 13, 2020. Her eldest grandson, Len, was holding her hand.            

                Surviving Kathleen are her children, Mark, Sally & Galen, and Robin & Cynthia. Grandchildren Len & Rachel, Katy & Nathan, Christopher, Morgan & Danny, Wendy, Emily, Thomas, Natalie, and Ryan. Great-grandchildren Noah, Amber, Micah, Audrey, and Elliana. Nieces Mary Ann and Jennifer.

                Preceding Kathleen in death was her Godly husband, Thomas A York. Parents C.M. & Velma Carman. Sisters Pauline & John Howell, and Mildred & Clarence Green.

                Kathleen Carman York was born in Tucumcari, NM in her Grandmother’s home on March 11, 1921. In 1925 her family moved to California. Kathleen was baptized into Christ at the Oak Park church of Christ in 1933.

                She was a graduate of Sacramento HighSchool. Though Kathleen did not get to participate in the graduation ceremony her principal, Mel Lawson, told her that she was an exceptional student and had wonderful character to go with her family to care for an ill family member back in New Mexico. Later in life she would return a few times to a black box theater on the same HighSchool campus and see two grandchildren perform in the Mel Lawson Arts Theater. 

                Kathleen attended Pepperdine University, on the old campus. She left college early to care for one of her sister’s and sister’s child. 

In 1943 Kathleen met Thomas A. York after worship out in front of the church building. When she saw him she thought, “He looks like the sort of man I would like to marry.” They married September 1, 1944 in Texas.

                She has dedicated her life to the work of the church and supporting education of preachers across the country and abroad at various preaching schools and in many mission fields.

In lieu of sending flowers, donations may be made to Memphis School Of Preaching to help the student wives attend the restoration trip with their husbands. Please note the donation for “wives restoration trip” in memory of Kathleen C. York.


  • Leslie & Bruce Wallace says:

    Kathleen was a very special lady to me from the moment I met her.She made a special effort to welcome me working at the El Camino office by having me over for lunch.Little did we know that someday we would actually become a part of their family, thanks to Len and Rachel.We couldn’t have been happier that our daughter and her grandson would marry.It was an honor and a privilege to share so many fun times and memories with her and her family through the years.We always looked forward to our annual Disneyland trips and the adventures.I still smile when I remember her face on the Tea Cup ride as it was spinning around and she was slowly sinking down in her seat but still laughing.She was always so loving, thoughtful and kind.She made an effort to make everyone feel welcomed in her lovely home.She will be sadly missed but forever in our hearts and prayers.

  • Kathie Vaughn says:

    How can you say you’re surprised when someone dies at the age of 99-1/2? And yet in Kathleen York’s case it is surprising because she was timeless and had such staying power. I was lucky enough to move into Sacramento in 1975 just across the street from Sally and family and for 12 years, Kathleen was like a surrogate mom to me and the best kind of Grandmommy to my two kids (now 39 and 42). She was nothing but kind, loving, and supportive in all ways. A beautiful example of a godly woman, mother, grandmother, and friend. Some people leave footprints on your heart and she surely left hers on mine. Fly free Kathleen – you will not be forgotten. You live on in your beautiful daughter Sally and a generation of grandkids/great grands.

  • Wendy York says:

    I wish I could have joined the rest of the family in Sacramento to honor Grandmommy, but I’m grateful to have been able to witness her service from a distance. Her loving and gentle spirit will be so missed and I will always cherish the years I spent growing up in the house that Grandmommy and Hoho made a home.

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