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Katherine E. Runalls

Birth Date: January 23, 1916
Death Date: April 10, 2018

Katherine E. (Katie) Gauss Runalls, age 102, was born in San Diego on January 23, 1916 and passed away on April 10, 2018 at her home in San Carlos. She was born during the great flood of 1916 when Charles Hatfield was contracted to “make it rain” by the Mayor and City Council of San Diego after a severe drought. Katie was born at home when the Morena Street Bridge washed out and her parents were unable to get to the hospital. Katie was a second generation San Diegan and was raised spending summers at her family’s farm in Otay Mesa on land where the Otay Border Truck Inspection Facility now sits. Katie spent her entire life in San Diego and was in the second graduating class of Hoover High School in 1934. She married Luther Maurice Runalls in November of that year and settled down in Kensington to raise their 3 children. They loved square dancing, camping and traveling and were married for 59 years until he passed away in 1993. Katie was a homemaker while her children were growing up, but began a career as a real estate agent later in life, which she really enjoyed. She also enjoyed sewing, was an accomplished seamstress her whole life, and especially liked presenting family members with her labors of love. Many have Christmas tree skirts that Grandma Katie made them that they will cherish forever. Funeral Services will be held at Greenwood Mortuary on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 11AM. Katie was preceded in death by her husband Maurice, her daughter Barbara, her son Daniel and her five brothers and sister. She is survived by her daughter Debbie (Charlie), nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association San Diego at

Celebration of Life
April 24, 2018
11:00 am
- 12:00 pm
Salli Lynn Chapel at Greenwood
4300 Imperial Avenue San Diego, CA 92113
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