Catherine ‘Katy’ Bell-Pomeroy

Catherine ‘Katy’ Bell-PomeroyKaty Bell-Pomeroy passed away December 9, 2020 in Ridgecrest. Predeceased by her husband George Pomeroy, sister Libby Haynes, and nephew Randall Haynes. Katy will be lovingly remembered by her niece, Carola Young (Art) of Santa Rosa, CA, grandnephews Jeremy Young and Kyle Haynes, grandniece Meghan Haynes; and dear friends Carolyn McGarraugh, Celesta Brooks and Joy Young all of Ridgecrest.

Katy was born in Topeka, Kansas December 8, 1930 to Paul and Hulda Bell. She grew up in the depression years and World War II attending Highland Park public schools, then a suburb of Topeka. In her youth she attended church and church school at Grace Cathedral Episcopal Church in Topeka where she was confirmed. With dreams of becoming an architect, she attended Washburn University in Kansas and then transferred to Kansas State College (now Kansas State University) in the fall of 1950.

In June 1955 she began her new job with the Public Works Department at China Lake. She started in the Architectural section, transferring to the Planning Branch in 1961. Katy was involved in many planning, architectural and construction projects throughout her 32+ year career. In 1986, she retired from Public Works although she continued to work for 2 more years with the Aircraft Weapons Integration Department.

After retirement, she spent 3 years designing and drawing custom homes in the Ridgecrest area, then designing and building her own home, and becoming involved in community projects and organizations. She was a long-time member of Altrusa, a member of the Maturango Museum, and the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert, as well as many other associations and foundations.

Katy married her best friend George Pomeroy on June 2, 2001. They both enjoyed traveling and photography. Over the years they visited many places in the United States, Europe, and Canada. Their favorite destination was Prince Edward Island in Canada where they spent many summers and falls exploring the area and photographing baby Harp seals.

Katy joined the Ridgecrest Church of the Nazarene in 1992 where she had many friends, among them are Carol and Wayne Thun, Janice Schorr, and Earl Johnson.

The family would like to thank Katy’s personal aides, Michel, Elva and Reah, for the devoted care they provided to Katy, and to the staff of High Desert Haven where Katy spent her later years.

Katy’s dry sense of humor will be remembered by family, friends, colleagues, and caregivers.

Katy will also be remembered for her generous contributions to the Ridgecrest Church of the Nazarene, Point Loma Nazarene University, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, as well as Washburn University and Kansas State University.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a future date when gatherings are safe once again

Story First Published: 2021-01-22