Cathryne “Ki” Tilby

1930 – 2018

Cathryne “Ki” Sertic Tilby, devoted mother and caring wife, passed away at the age of 88 on June 13, 2018 nearly 4 weeks after the death of her husband Paul, as a result of dementia and age.  Ki was born on January 9, 1930 in McGill, Nevada to Micha Sertic and Eka Dogan Sertic.

Ki graduated from White Pine High School, then attended beauty college in Reno, Nevada until she became allergic to permanent wave solution.  She returned to Ely, where she worked at Ely Grade School, the County Clerk’s Office and finally the Eastern Nevada Medical Center where she was bookkeeper until retirement at the age of 55.

Ki was more than devoted to her children.  She was room mother at school, alternating every other year for each, even though she worked full time.  She allowed her children to push themselves to excel at whatever they chose to do.  She was an enabler.  Her only goal was to allow her children succeed.

Ki’s favorite pastime was baking.  She loved to bake cakes for all of her friends for special occasions, and especially loved to bake endless cookies at Christmas time to give to friends and family – everyone looked forward to the variety of complex cookies that she would bake.

Ki is survived by her daughter Cathy (Hal Whipple), grandchildren Jamie Whipple and Tricia (Clete) Landefeld.  Her husband, Paul, and son, David, preceded her in death, as well as her siblings: Joseph, Mike, Nick, Mark, Mari, Helen and John.

The family would like to thank the Wentworth at Willowcreek Assisted Living, Sandy, Utah and Brighton Home Health and Hospice for their kind and loving care.

There will be no funeral service.  A Celebration Of Life will be held for both Ki and Paul in Ely, Nevada on Saturday, July 7th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Art Bank, 399 Aultman Street.

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  1. Martha Thompson says:

    Ki worked hard at whatever she did and will be missed by so many as we also miss Paul. It is sad for her family to lose her but so good that she didn’t have to miss her beloved Paul for very long if she was aware of his passing. I recall going to their house and making candy with the children when they were all home. We had a grand time and that smile of hers always filled the air. God speed for the rewards God has in store for them and their son, David, who they lost in an auto accident so very long ago. The reunion must have been so wonderful for them all.

  2. Steve Robinson says:

    Ki and Paul were such good friends of mine! I remember going to there house and have so much fun. There son David was like a brother to me until he passed away..There daughter Kathy and I dated for a Will. All my prayers go out for the family and friends.GID BLESS

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