1940 – 2021
Katie Marrs passed away at home in Santa Barbara, California, at the age of 81. Katie was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. As her grandchildren began to multiply, Katie embraced her role as Grandmother. She loved to spend an afternoon at the matinee with as many grandchildren as she could fit in her car. Katie always came prepared with snacks for everyone and indulged the children with photo booth souvenirs. She never lost her enthusiasm for games and created many happy memories playing board games with her family. Katie had a competitive spirit and played to win. Beach walks were also a favorite activity. However, before leaving home, she always checked the tide times in the newspaper. Low tide was a requirement as it was the ideal time to hunt for sea glass. When Katie was not spending time with her family, she could happily spend the day reading. When she was not reading, Katie might be shopping for books, both new and old. Her husband, Ben, built bookshelves for her, which she quickly filled. Katie’s books reflect her many interests, including nature and local history. She was also a writer and sharp-eyed editor. Katie wrote many cards, letters, notes and lists. She faithfully wrote to her family and friends to celebrate holidays and special occasions. Katie was a student, parent volunteer and employee of Peabody Charter School. Her dedication and superior organizational skills led her from the playground, to the classroom and ultimately the office. She served as the school secretary and unofficial historian until her retirement. When Katie retired, a plaque was placed in the school library dedicating, “Katie’s Nook,” in honor of her many years of service to the school and her love of reading. Katie was proud to be a member of the Peabody community, where she made many lasting friendships. Katie is loved and missed by her three children and seven grandchildren.