The Rev. Ms. Katherine Latimer

The Rev. Ms. Katherine Latimer

Passed on Sunday, 22 March 2020

The Rev. Ms. Katherine Millham Latimer passed away on March 22, 2020 at her home in Carmel, California.  Kate is survived by her dear husband of 55 years, Arthur; her children Andrew, Barney, and Jane; her grandchildren Leo and Suzy; her sisters Lucia, Alida, Ellen, Clodagh, Geraldine, Tirza, and Françoise; her brothers Peter, Ki, and Tony; her many nieces and nephews; and many friends old and new. Each was her favorite, and all were deeply loved.

Kate was a graduate of Vassar College, Simmons School of Social Work, and Yale Divinity School. Kate served a number of churches throughout the Southern New England Conference as an interim or bridge minister, often in partnership with Arthur, who followed in her footsteps by earning an M.Div. at Yale Divinity School in 1998, the same year Kate completed her STM.  Some of the churches who were blessed with Kate’s (and often Arthur’s) pastoral leadership included the UCC churches in Guilford, Bethlehem, Fishers Island, Spring Glen, Bridgewater, and Bethany, as well as Talmadge Hill Community Church.  Kate and Arthur maintained active ties with Spring Glen UCC and Shalom UCC even following their retirement to Carmel Valley Manor in 2012.  They also became beloved members of the Carmel Valley Community Chapel.  Kate was a welcoming presence well-known for her poetic sermons on life's joys and sorrows, and best known as a warm friend.  Kate was equally fond of study in Hebrew and of working with her hands in all ways—and always enjoyed singing with others above all.

Memorial services will be scheduled at a later time. In the meantime, friends have held individual remembrances by lighting candles and reading from works such as Mary Oliver’s “The Messenger,” Rutter’s “Gaelic Blessing,” Jane Kenyon’s “Let Evening Come,” and an anthology of Kate’s sermons entitled “Break Forth into Singing.”

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