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Obituary of Kate Jackson, February 2003

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Services were private for Kate Jackson, who died Feb. 2 in her Watsonville home.
She was 50.

A native of Bacchus Marsh, Australia, Mrs. Jackson moved to Watsonville 25 years ago. She was a trained nurse in Australia, with degrees in general nursing, midwifery and obstetrics. She served as the first female and youngest person to be appointed as night supervisor at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

Kathy obtained her nursing degree in California and worked at Watsonville Community Hospital from 1978 to 1983. She was happiest when working in the maternity ward.

She co-owned and operated Desert Theatre Nursery, a shop selling succulent and cactus plants, with husband Jay Jackson. She was known by her customers as "Cactus Kate."

(above) Kate's magnificent stand of San Pedro at Desert Theatre
(below) Cuttings of her plants that I propagated in 1989
Kathy loved photography, music, world travel, her nursery and reading. She is survived by former husband and friend Jay Jackson of Vista; brother Keron McGrath of Oceanside; sister Susie Morrell of New Zealand and two nephews.

Services were private at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Watsonville, as was cremation at the Soquel Cemetery.

Davis Memorial Chapel, 609 Main St., Watsonville, is in charge of arrangements. Contributions are preferred to the Walnut Avenue Women's Center, 303 Walnut Ave,. Santa Cruz, or to UNICEF or the charity of your choice.
From: "Suzie Morrell" < suzie@marlborough.co.nz >
Subject: About: Kate / Date: Sat, 23 May 2009

Hello Bobcat,

I am writing to you from New Zealand. I am Kate Jackson’s (Catcus Kate’s sister). Sadly, at the time of Kate’s (Kathy to me) death, I had not seen her for 25 years although I had spoken to her just before she died.

After her death, I did come to Watsonville and tried to organize a little gathering for her – were you there? I am keen to hear of your experience of her and her life at Desert Theatre. Do you have any photos of her?

Although estranged we were very close, if that makes sense! I found your article about your trichocereus on the Internet and was thrilled to read your history of meeting her. If you have time, I would look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Suzie Morrell

Contact: Cactus_Kate@trichocereus.com
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