Kathleen Marie "Kate" Gillespie Cook

Profile Updated: February 27, 2015
Class Year: 1968
Spouse/Partner: Steve
Homepage: http://www.mydoterra.com/katecook
Occupation: Retired ah and yet… Playing with essential oils
Children: Son who's 44 as of 2014 and a daughter who's 35 as of 2014 ! Between all of our kids we have 5 grand More…kids.


About me/us (Hobbies, interests, life philosophy, etc.) :

Steve is a retired airline pilot. I retired early to work with Steve on his motor yacht that he had in Newport Beach, CA. We did sell the boat and took off traveling in our motor home, living in it full time from 1999-2005 where we ended up settling in Yuma, AZ. We bought a lot at the base of the Gila Mountains and built a tiny little house that can accommodate two motor homes with full hook ups. We did have a business here for a few years doing historic guided tours on Segway's! I've been blessed with a wonderful life of adventure and beautiful grand kids. If I had a philosophy it would be to say at least one kind thing a day to someone. Smile, be grateful and appreciate where you are in your life and perhaps where you aren't. There are no mistakes, although I have made many.. but if one thing I've learned (and continue to learn) it's to cherish each day. Hobbies...I've just dabbled in so many crafts.. love creating..! Adding to this in 2015. A year ago this last December I lost my mom. She was 92 years old. She passed away peacefully at St. Josephs Hospital in Orange, CA. I miss her every day and still feel a hole in my heart. ??

Who else in your family is a CHS Alum?

My sister, Patricia Ann Gillespie - Class of 1964. Now, Patti McCready.. My OLDER sister..

Favorite School Story:

Remember?? Yikes.. I guess the one thing I do remember is being given the nickname as "Jolly Green" since.. I was SO tall.. final height 6'. And yes, I still would wear heels! But I do believe that at the young age of 62 now, I've started to shrink??

Kathleen Marie "Kate"'s Latest Interactions

Jan 15, 2024 at 2:26 AM


Oh my gosh I am so, so deeply sorry to hear this.  Just yeseterday after realizing I hadn't seen any recent Facebook posts from Alan I literally went to his Facebook page to see if I missed anything and feeling as I did, I hoped he was ok.   My deepest, deepest condolences to his family.   



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My deepest, deepest condolences to the family and friends of Nancy.  My gosh what a wonderful life she surely had.  ?? 



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Feb 01, 2015 at 9:33 AM

Each time I get a notification that we've lost one of our classmates, my heart sinks.  

We didn't really know each other but oh how I remember you.  I find myself just looking at your photo and cannot comprehend the loss.  Rest in peace "William David "Bud" Roberts".

Prayers and blessings to Bud's family and friends.  Gone way too young and never forgotten.








Nov 23, 2014 at 1:33 AM
Nov 08, 2014 at 9:33 AM

This was the most devastating news I could have imagined.  This is Kathy Gillespie, Class of 1968 (Currently I go by Kate Cook).  Several months ago I found Denny Ruh through this wonderful forum by contacting his brother Bob Ruh.   When I was 16 years old I had the biggest crush on Denny and although he was a "older guy by just a few years" I just never ever forgot that experience of this really big crush.  So finding him after all of these years was just so fun and so surreal for me.  Over the last several months we commincated through emails and Facebook.  No matter the different directions our lives took through all of these years, this reunion was nothing less then memorible and precious.   This last Thursday, November 6, 2014 I received notification from Denny's brother that Denny had passed away, probably the day before.  My heart is broken and deeply saddened by this piece of reality that I'd prefer not to face.   So for now I post this last message and farewell to my Dear Denny.  I will deeply miss our talks and the many attemps of solving lifes roadblocks.   And I hope you know that you will always be in my heart and remain that specal memory of you in my life when I was that goofy teenager.  Love you forever Denny Ruh.??




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Mar 17, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Kathy "Kate" Gillespie Cook, Class of "68" is now on Class Connection! Hi Sharon…(Patti's sister here)…

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June 28, 2013 - My daughter Dana and son in law David and my two grandbabies.. Kaelyn and Charles..
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June 28, 2013 - My son, Ed and my grand daughter Samantha. This was a daddy/daughter dance night!