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Katherine Chenoweth

June 11, 1927 - July 13, 2020

Katherine Laura Chenoweth, 93, of Sweet Home, died July 13, 2020 at her home.

She was born June 11, 1927 in Petrolia, Calif., to William Attys and Elizabeth (Dukes) Lockwood.

She grew up in Petrolia until high school, when she moved to Ferndale, Calif., in 1940 and went to school. She moved to Oakland, Calif., at 18 in 1944.

In 1949 she married and moved to Hayward, Calif. She remarried and moved to Castro Valley, Calif. in 1962, to Washington in 1998, and finally settled in Sweet Home in 2000.

Mrs. Chenoweth did temp work (mostly secretarial) until being offered a permanent position as lead secretary for the legal office of Robert O. Wright, Esq. in Hayward. She worked for him for more than 35 years, until his full retirement. Her position evolved from lead secretary to office manager/bookkeeper, to executive assistant/professional legal secretary. She also became a notary and obtained her private investigator’s license.

Mrs. Chenoweth was a leader in Campfire Girls during most of the 1950s. She was a member of 4H, Professional Legal Secretaries of California, Northern California Toy Fox Terrier Association, National Toy Fox Terrier Association, United Kennel Club, Stock Car Racer’s Association, Smith Family Association, International Order of Foresters, Northern California Square Dance Association and Campfire Girls.

She was The New Era’s Volunteer of the week for her work at the Sweet Home Library. She was also active at the Senior Center for several years, taking classes.

Mrs. Chenoweth enjoyed gardening, square dancing, raising, showing, breeding and selling toy fox terriers, stock car racing (Powder Puff Division) and jigsaw puzzles.

She is survived by her daughters Joan Kissinger of Tuolumne, Calif., Jeri Dodge and Molly Dodge, both of Sweet Home; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister Rebecca Emberg; and seven nieces and nephews.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.