In Memory

Kathy Dix (Arritola)

Kathy Dix (Arritola)

Kathryn (Kathy) Dix Arritola - March 16, 1948-Nov. 13, 2015

Kathryn (Kathy) Dix Arritola, 67 was born in Boise, Idaho on March 16, 1948 to Alford and Dorothy Goade.

She passed away November 13, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family after battling cancer for several years.

Kathy attended Jefferson Elementary School, South Junior High and graduated from Borah High School.  After high school she attended Boise Junior College and then received her Masters in Education from the University of Idaho.

She began her teaching career at Vale Union High School in 1970, as a typing instructor, then moved into counseling, and finished her career in special Education, which became her passion.

While at VHS she was an advisor for cheerleading, volleyball and ASB. She was a true Viking, a fan of all sports.

While teaching at Vale High School she met and fell in love with Jim Arritola. They were married on June 1, 1973 and honeymooned in Singapore where her parents were living at the time.

Together they raised three children, Joe, AJ and Sarah on “The Farm.  She loved the farm life; especially raising and showing her natural colored sheep.

After 37 years at VHS she retired. Jim and Kathy were then able to enjoy their time traveling to the Fairs, visiting their favorite places, Reno and Southern California.

She was also able to spend the last 8 years working with her daughter at Luzetta’s, where her love for coffee and sweet treats became a daily routine.

She was also fortunate to see her grandchildren every day. Kathy was very proud of her family, being a Mom, Nana and Auntie meant everything to her.  She will be remembered by her lullabies, her famous pancakes, her kindness to others and her love.

She is survived by her 3 children, Joe (Therea) Arritola, AJ Arritola, Sarah (TJ) Rodriguez, 6 grandchildren, Kaelleb, Joshawah, Mathieu, Thomas, Zettie, and Tristan, Sister-in-law Joene Arritola, niece Amy Romans, 2 nephews Tanner and Trevor.

She was proceeded in death by her parents Al and Dorthy, her husband Jim and his parents.

A Rosary will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 6:00pm in the evening at St. Patricks Catholic Church with a light dinner to follow.  A private burial will be held at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vale City Library or the Ontario Basque Club.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

We would like to thank everyone at MSTI and Heart and Home for their excellent care of our Mother.

“Mom we love you so much, Rest in Peace”.