Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Katherine (Katie) Southerland-Fountain passed away at home in her sleep on December 23. 2012. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Fountain Griffith; father, Billy Don Fountain; sister, Holly Fountain-Southerland; and niece, Maren Fortney.

She is survived by: her siblings, Brad Beck and Julie Fountain; and many beloved cousins (especially Colleen Belisle-Tarpy and BJ Belisle-Lacy); sister-in-law, Vali Gray-Beck; and longtime friend, Kerby Brooks.

Katie was born in Los Angeles, Calif., 49 years ago, but spent her childhood in southwest Missouri. After a stent back in LA as a teenager and young adult, she moved back to the country life she loved. She worked as a maintenance worker for multiple local school districts over the years and most recently at George's as Asst. to USDA inspector. Katie was a passionate horsewoman and animal trainer. Memorial services are planned for a later date.