1916 - June 30, 2008
Katherine Ogilvie "Gram" Belton died of natural causes June 30, 2008, at Pioneer Manor in Gillette, Wyo. She was 92.
Katherine was born Feb. 27, 1916, on the Ogilvie homestead in the Upper Elk River Valley near Steamboat Springs, to John and Edith Johnson Ogilvie. The fifth of six children, Katherine spent 82 years of her life in the Elk River Valley, before moving to Wright, Wyo., in May 1999. Gram had a love for her family, card playing, knitting, quilting, cooking, camping and baking, as well as being involved in church and having a personal relationship with her Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Although Katherine spent most of her life as a rancher's wife, she also worked at the Lowell Whiteman School and as a cook for the Steamboat Springs School District.
She married Ralph Belton on June 16, 1935, in Walden, and spent 42 years together as husband and wife before Ralph died in 1977. Katherine is survived by her three children, Verta Groblebe of Wright, Wyo., Donna Whitecotten of Craig, and Larry Belton of Steamboat Springs; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Gram was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Belton; grandson, Chuck Groblebe; son-in-law, Bob Whitecotte; parents; three sisters and two brothers.
Services were held Saturday at First Baptist Church in Steamboat Springs, with Pastor Jason Clark officiating. Interment followed in the Steamboat Springs Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established, and donations may be made in Katherine's name to benefit Pioneer Manor 5th Wing. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716, or via Internet at www.walkerfuneralgillette.com.