Kathryn “Kathe” McIntire died peacefully at home on April 18, at the age of 71, surrounded by her family. As a strong believer in Jesus Christ, her faith sustained her throughout her life. She will be remembered for her grace and joyous attitude as she courageously faced her lengthy battle with cancer knowing she would soon be in the arms of her Savior. She was born on St Patrick’s Day in Cottage Grove to Glenn and Lois Weeldreyer. Growing up, her parents owned Glenn’s Tire and Honda and she enjoyed participating in the motorcycle Play Days her father organized on their property. She graduated from Cottage Grove High School in 1965 and earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Oregon State University in Home Economics Education in 1969. At OSU she met and fell in love with her soul mate and fellow Beaver, Harry McIntire. They married on March 23, 1969, at the Cottage Grove First Baptist Church. They raised their two children Ryan and Katey on the family’s tree farm. Kathe loved the hundreds of middle and high school students she taught cooking and sewing skills to. Many still have the sewing projects they completed in her class. Students often visited her after school for counsel and support. She retired from teaching in 2004, after 20 years in the classroom. She had the gift of hospitality, which made her a much sought out innkeeper as the owner of the Apple Inn Bed & Breakfast for 20 years. She and Harry loved meeting new people and welcoming their many new and returning guests. Kathe was an amazing cook, which made her a valued member of the “Squat and Gobble” dinner club for many years. Throughout her life Kathe loved people and was a good storyteller. She enjoyed hosting family gatherings in her beautiful seasonally decorated home. She especially loved spending time with her children and grandchildren in the kitchen and garden.
After retiring, Kathe and Harry enjoyed traveling with their family on new adventures. They made two cross-country RV trips together. They visited several countries and especially enjoyed their trip to Israel. She loved her hometown and frequently volunteered for local nonprofit organizations. For all of her life Kathe enjoyed sharing her faith with others by leading Bible studies and participating in church activities. She was a member of Suburban Christian Church in Corvallis.
Kathe is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Harry, her son Ryan McIntire (Emily) of Eagle Point, her daughter Katey Tryon (Randy) of Corvallis, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a brother Tom Weeldreyer (Carol) of Cottage Grove, and two nieces.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, May 5 at 3:30 pm at Riverside Community Church of God in Cottage Grove. Memorial contributions can be made to Suburban Christian Church missions. Arrangements in the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel, Cottage Grove, Oregon.