Katherine A. Pride

By The Mercury

Katherine A. Pride, 86, Manhattan, died on Wednesday.

The family provided some of the following information.

She was at home and her family was with her as she entered heaven’s door to join her two sons.

Katherine was born on April 26, 1925, in Alta Vista.  She and her twin brother, Kenneth, were the youngest of nine children born to Eva and George Berends.

In 1943, Katherine married Robert W. Rose.  From this union, came six children.  They divorced in 1963.

In 1966, she married Gerald “Red” Pride who brought six more children for her to love to the marriage.  They divorced in 1989.

For most of her life, Katherine was a homemaker.  Her outside the home career included Dierking Motor Co. and Auto Supplies, McCall Pattern Co., the Trading Post which she and Red owned, and Mom’s Used Furniture Store, owned by Katherine. 

Her most important and beloved job though, was being a mom. 

The six children she raised, were merely a start to the many she babysat and looked after.  At 83, she was still babysitting. 

One of her biggest regrets, was her body forcing her to retire.

Of her many interests, her computer was at the top of the list.  She loved to play games, but also loved researching and cataloging the family history.  She always said that as long as she had her computer and telephone she would never lose touch with the outside world. 

She loved to read and crochet and was an avid doll collector.  One of her passions was writing poetry.  She could write a poem for any occasion.

Left to miss her are her children: Beverly Cragg, Linda Cragg and her husband John, Patty Jensen, and Kenny Rose and his wife Carolyn. Her sister, Bessie Baldwin, and nine grandchildren: Brenda Mullin, Mike Cragg, Ron Rose, Kathy Zrubek, Stacy Esco, Bob Jensen, Eric Baker, Denice Thiessen, and Charlie Hopkins;  16 great-grandchildren: Amanda, KC, Josh, Keirsten, Lindsey, Dylan, Dustin, Jessie, Jake, Abby, Carly, Shelly, Kody, Johnny, Blayne, and Noah.; her stepchildren: Richard, Jim, John, and Joe Pride, Gerry Beech and Lila Pride; their spouses and children, many nieces, nephews and numerous friends.

Katherine was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Elsie, Bertha, Ruth, Bud, Lilas, Clarence and Kenneth, and her two sons, Bobby and Ronnie Rose. 

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 1 until 2 p.m. Saturday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Rev. Ben Duerfeldt officiating.  Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery east of Manhattan.

Memorials have been established for Homecare & Hospice, Inc. and the American Lung Association.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website located at

A special thanks to Mercy Regional Health Center and Homecare & Hospice. Our heart felt thanks to Dr. Floersch and Dr. Short.  Without all of you, we could not have had Mom at home where she wanted to be.

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