FRIENDSHIP – Katrina Sophia Windred, 47, died over the weekend of Nov. 20-21, 2010, in or near Rockland. The cause of her death is under investigation. Named Katrina Hodgkins at birth, Windred was born Nov. 5, 1963, at Knox County Hospital, the daughter of Jean Crie Hodgkins and David G. Hodgkins Jr. of Rockland. She grew up in Rockland and attended public schools there before graduating in 1981 from Green Mountain Valley School, Waitsfield, Vt. After briefly attending the University of Vermont, she earned her degree in human ecology from College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, graduating in 1987. An avid skier in her early years, Katrina was a nationally ranked alpine ski racer who competed in the highest levels in the U.S. She was a member of the United States Ski Association’s Eastern Junior team in her teens, and competed in multiple junior national-level championships. The sixth child of a very enthusiastic skiing family, many remember her as the smiley baby in the lunch basket who was looked after in the Sugarloaf base lodge by a throng of adoring family and friends. A few years later, Katrina was weaned on the sport when she knocked out her first tooth on the No. 1 T-Bar at Sugarloaf USA. It came as no surprise that she followed vigorously in her siblings’ footsteps on the mountains of New England and Colorado. In 1983, just as she was beginning her first semester of college, Katrina was diagnosed with an advanced case of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She underwent a then-radical course of chemotherapy, overcoming a prognosis that few patients survived. At the time of her death, she proudly proclaimed herself as a three-time cancer survivor, and was an active voice in various cancer survivorship groups. After college, Katrina Sophia turned her equestrian talents into what became a full-time profession as a horse trainer, particularly for the Morgan breed. She started her career training horses in Maine and Vermont, then spent a year working at the renown Monnington Stables in England, honing her craft and earning enormous respect from the equestrian world for her remarkable way with these creatures. Despite the fact that she was a diminutive woman, Katrina was strong and more than able with even the most difficult steeds, often in large part because she was so keenly attuned to the underlying physical issues that her horses-in-training were coping with. Her particular strength was in making each horse she handled both comfortable being ridden, and comfortable with their riders. Eventually, the after-effects of the cancers and cancer treatments paid their toll on her vascular system, robbing her of the strength she needed to be an effective equestrian trainer. Katrina then returned to her roots as a writer and editor, and gave her full devotion to the health and growth of her son, Osage Coltrane Crie, as well as her own health and personal growth. She was a source of strength and helpfulness to all around her, and had an amazing talent for bringing people together who could help one another. She was an advocate for many people and made a difference in their lives, using her healing skills to discover people’s anomalies, and to help them find a path to a better situation. In addition to her beloved son and their dog, Anson, Katrina Sophia Windred is survived by her five siblings, Frederick Crie Hodgkins of Jacksonville, Fla., Steven John Hodgkins of Bend, Ore., Heidi Snead of Mill Valley, Calif., Holly Butterman of Colchester, Vt., and Kristin Macomber of Cambridge, Mass. She is also survived by her stepdaughter, Lindsey Johnson of Portland; her ex-husband, Guy Johnson of South Thomaston; as well as multiple nieces and nephews. A candlelight vigil will be held 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, at First Unitarian Church, 345 Broadway St., Rockland, where a memorial service and celebration of her life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. In lieu of flowers, a trust fund for Osage Crie is being established. Information will be made available as soon as possible.
KATRINA SOPHIA WINDRED
Posted Nov. 26, 2010, at 8:03 p.m.