Kathy (Wonson) Gould, formerly of Gloucester, died peacefully on May 27. She was 77.
She was a brave and uncomplaining survivor who carried on in spite of the challenges of declining health.
Born in Gloucester to the late Russell and Mary (Pinky) Wonson, Kate was a graduate of Gloucester High School and Chamberlain Junior College in Boston.
For most of her life, she was employed as a retail store decorator, working for such notable companies as Franklin Simon, Jordan Marsh, Gimbel Brothers, and John Wannamaker.
Kate was an extraordinarily talented woman, who, with her decorating skills, transformed simple spaces into visions of beauty and timeless design. As a seamstress, she could whip up a classic outfit for herself or a princess dress for her daughter, Lauren. And you were a lucky guest if she invited you to dine on any of her home-cooked gourmet meals – tutoring courtesy of Pinky Wonson or Julia Child.
At Jordan Marsh, Kate met her husband of 46 years, Laurence Gould, and spent the following years living in Beverly, Philadelphia, Lake Hill, N.Y., and Cromwell, Conn.
She is survived by her husband; her sister, Anne Curry, and her husband, John, of Beverly; her sister, Erin Celata, and her husband, Phillip, of Fairport, N.Y.; and her brother, Scott Wonson, and his wife, Jodi. She leaves her sisters-in-law, Suzanne Nicholson and Betsy Turco, and her husband, Dan, all of Gloucester; and her brother in-law, Randy Gould, and his wife, Marie; and her sister in-law, Donna McLean, and her husband Bill, all of Hull.
She also is survived by a host of friends, cousins, nephews, nieces, uncles, and aunts, including Barbara Douglas and Margaret Kennefick, of Gloucester.
Kate was predeceased by her daughter, Lauren, the wife of Daniel Nunez of Pasadena, Texas; her brothers Todd, Russell, and Guy Wonson; and her sister Mary Lou Wonson, all of Gloucester.
A private family gathering will be held this month to celebrate Kate.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be in her name to the Trustees of the Reservation-Castle Hill on the Crane Estate.