Katherine Cooper Heriot of Red Cliff, Colorado, a former Falmouth resident, died in Denver on May 27 after a battle with leukemia; she would have celebrated her 70th birthday this summer.
Born and raised in Falmouth, she was the second child of William B. Cooper Jr. and Judith (Eldred) Cooper. She was the granddaughter of Charles L. Eldred, owner of Eldred Boatyard on Quissett Harbor until 1958.
She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1967 and worked briefly in Boston and Centerville, then followed her dream of going West and enrolled in Alamosa State College near the Colorado and New Mexico border. While at Alamosa State she met James Heriot, a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, whom she would later marry.
After several years in California and Hawaii, the Heriots returned to Colorado and built a house high in the Rocky Mountains near Vail. It was there, in the small town of Red Cliff, that she raised her three children, made lifelong friends, and reveled in the mountain air. Although a Cape Codder by heritage, Ms. Heriot loved the Rockies—from the deep snows of winter to the hummingbirds of spring. Her dogs were always at her side and she cared deeply for her small-town community.
Subsequently divorced and with her children grown, she used her aptitude for numbers to work as a bookkeeper for local Colorado builders. Most summers she returned to her childhood home in Falmouth to see her family and swim in the waters of Buzzards Bay.
In addition to her mother, she leaves her children, Kathryn DeBord and Katherine Hoffer, both of Denver, and Thomas Heriot of Red Cliff; and two grandchildren. She also leaves her four siblings, Amy Barry of Shelburne Falls, William Cooper of Falmouth, Matthew Cooper of Swansea and Douglas Cooper of Falmouth; an aunt; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her father.
A memorial service will be held in Red Cliff, Colorado, during the summer on a date to be determined.