Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
September 27, 2012 12:59 pm EDT


MOUNT VERNON — R. Katherine “Kat” Dillon, 27, of Mount Vernon, beloved mother and daughter passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, as a result of injuries she sustained in an automobile accident.

Katherine was born July 22, 1985, in Mount Vernon. She was an accomplished horsewoman having won numerous awards and competitions for her contesting abilities while having competed in other equestrian disciplines.

In June of 2005, Kat graduated from The Tomorrow Center in Edison, and then moved to Killeen, Texas. Less than a year later, she returned to Ohio and began her life in Mount Vernon. Kat became a mother Feb. 24, 2010, to a beautiful son, Gavin Lain Highman, followed by the birth of her second wonderful son, Blake Raymond Highman Feb. 22, 2012.

During her brief time here, Kat enriched the lives of her family and friends with that radiant smile and her devotion to her sons.

She is survived by her son, Gavin Lain Highman of Mount Vernon; her mother, Linda Dillon of Mount Gilead; sisters, Jennifer Dillon-Messinger of Pataskala and Nicole (Stephen) Pearce of Denver, Colo.; a brother, Michael (Lindsey) Cairns of Los Angeles, Calif.; her biological father, Michael Anton of Mount Vernon; special aunts and uncle, Anna and Stuart Bogden of Las Vegas, Nev. and Pepena Neary of Dallas, Texas; many other aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews.

Katherine was preceded in death by her infant son, Blake R. Highman; father, Ronald A. Dillon; grandparents, Ruby (William) Howard and Steve (Frances) Anton; and two aunts, Judith Steenbergen and Cocona Dodrill.

Friends may call Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Dilley-Lasater Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. with Pastor Tim Parker officiating. Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any branch of First-Knox National Bank for Katherine’s son, Gavin Lain Highman.

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