Janet Kathleen Preator, 1938-2003
Hayden resident Kathleen Preator passed away Oct. 1, 2003, in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. She was 65.
Kathleen was born Aug. 8, 1938, to Forrest Glenn and Myrtle Frentress in Hayden. She was raised and attended school in Hayden, where she graduated from high school in 1956.
Kathleen attended Colorado State University for a short time and Barnes Business College in Denver.
She married Joseph Clark on Aug. 2, 1957, in Hayden. The couple had a daughter, Tori. Kathleen and Joseph divorced after 17 years of marriage, and Kathleen moved to Alaska, where she worked in the business office at Aleyska Ski Area.
In 1979, Kathleen returned to Hayden, where she met and eventually married Robert E. Preator. The couple married May 3, 1980, in Glenwood Springs.
Kathleen worked at the Bank of Steamboat, the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office for 14 years, and the Yampa Valley National Bank in Hayden for five years before retiring in 2001.
She loved to travel, and with her husband, she visited many places throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Europe. Kathleen kayaked extensively through Alaska, including the Arctic Circle, Prince William Sound and Kachemak Bay. She was an avid snowmobiler, and she toured most of North America on motorcycle.
Kathleen loved her grandchildren and family and enjoyed spending time and visiting all of them.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Norman Frentress.
Kathleen is survived by her husband, Robert Preator; a daughter, Tori Hellmann of Palisade; three grandchildren, Kaela, Jessica and Gabriel; a brother, Forrest Frentress of Hayden; a sister-in-law, Dollie Frentress of Craig; a father- and mother-in-law, Rodney and Sally Preator of Grand Junction; a brother-in-law, John Preator of Delta; and a sister-in-law, Gay Preator of LaCrosse, Kan.
A memorial service was held Oct. 13, 2003, at the Hayden High School auditorium. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO. 81625.
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