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Catherine 'Katie' Annette Hein

July 11, 1953 - August 7, 2016 

Catherine “Katie” Annette Hein was born July 11, 1953, in Medford, Ore. and died unexpectedly August 7, 2016. 

Katie moved with her family throughout the northwest, attended Crater High School, and graduated from Dubois High School in Dubois, Wyoming, Class of 1971. She eventually returned to the Rogue Valley, where she married Byron Hein of Central Point. The greater part of her life was spent in Gold Hill and Sams Valley, where she lived life to the fullest. 

Katie worked in the pear industry for many years. She became one of the fastest pear packers in the Rogue Valley, and went on to oversee the packing house and mail-order gift departments of Pinnacle Orchards. The owners and workers considered her a “creative genius” with respect to design and beauty. Katie regularly enhanced products and increased sales by her natural gifts and quiet initiative. After leaving the pear industry, she and her husband, along with their son, Chris opened B&C Auto Repair Shop in Gold Hill, serving valley customers for over 20 years, often giving significant discounts and free services for those who couldn’t afford to fix their vehicles. She was the office manager and pseudo-expert in all things mechanical. Byron and Katie retired last year and began their retirement plans out of their home in Sams Valley. 

Katie loved her Lord Jesus, her family and friends. And she loved flowers. She would often be found in her garden, where she grew and canned most of her family’s food. And she loved flowers. She cultivated some of the most beautiful flowers and fruit trees in all of southern Oregon. Katie loved fishing and hunting. She had a passion for Bingo, Pinochle and especially the ocean. And Katie loved flowers. 

She tirelessly helped others at every opportunity, often doing without, so others could have what they needed. Katie was intensely competitive and did everything as if a gold medal were at stake. She loved butterflies and hummingbirds, crocheting, drawing and painting, and all things Nature. And she loved flowers. 

Katie’s walk with Jesus Christ was central to her being. She loved to praise God and she loved to dance. She is remembered as one who found incredible joy, peace, and absolute contentment in her relationship with Christ, radiating a quality of being that inspired and encouraged those who knew her. 

Katie battled and defeated cancer, drawing strength from her family, while inspiring others to fight whatever obstacles they faced. She was declared cancer free just this past May. 

Katie is survived by her husband, Byron; son and daughter-in-law, Jeremy and Michelle; grandkids, Danielle and Tyler; daughter, Jennifer; son, Christopher; brother, Carl E. Dunlap and Tona; sister, Cori Marshall and Tim; sister, Carolyn Cordero and Johnny; sister, Mary Driver and Steve; and brother, Everett H. Dunlap and Ellen; her Aunt Eleanor; Aunt Katie and Uncle Charlie; Uncle Eddie and Aunt Nina; and countless nieces and nephews, cousins, and great-nieces and nephews. Katie was preceded in death by her dad, Jack E. Dunlap; her mom, Georgie K Dunlap; and her grandfather and grandmother, Fred and Opal Baker. 

And did we mention? – She loved flowers. . . 

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Bethel Church, 4245 Vista Pointe Drive, Medford, Ore. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made at https://www.gofundme.com/KatieHeinMemorial

Catherine 'Katie' Annette Hein