Katherine was born in the rolling, Bluegrass hills of Kentucky in 1922. Katherine was the 10th child of 13 children born to her mother and father, Harriet and W.D. Mers. She spent her school age years in Kentucky and with testing second in the state standardize testing, she earned a Rockefeller Foundation scholarship to Bethel Women’s College. She earned her two-year degree and then this Bluegrass girl began her adventure to Washington, D.C. Katherine went to work at the Navy Department where she met her husband Marion. She would continue her education at George Washington University earning a degree in accounting. With the rule of married couples not working together Katherine moved over to the private sector and later to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).
In 1946, Katherine and Marion moved to Kensington, Maryland where they would raise their children. (Josephine, David and Daniel.) The children attended the local public schools, one of which included Kensington Junior High which was located on our very own Kensington Park property prior to our existence. Katherine would find time to continue her education and attended the University of Maryland where she earned a degree in Business Management.
Katherine and Marion’s, devotion to their church, Kensington Baptist Church, was extremely important to them. Katherine has been a member for 72 years!! She is the longest living member and is the second oldest member of her church missing being the oldest by a few months!! Another important part of her life is her commitment to giving back to her community. She can always be found sewing or crocheting, making scarves for the homeless, baby blankets for local hospitals, and goodie bags for migrant workers and merchant marines. Her commitment to giving back to the community is endless.
After her retirement (46 years), Katherine and her husband traveled the globe. When asked about her travels, the list was so long that it was easier to say all over the world except for South America! During her travels, she was able to check off a few items on her bucket list. She walked the Great Wall of China, rode elephants in Thailand, Camels in Israel and watched the salmon swim up the Columbia River. What amazing life experiences! We at Kensington Park, are looking forward to being a part of more life experiences in the years to come. We are so lucky to have Katherine as part of our Kensington Park family.