The public is invited to a memorial service Monday for Fresno historian Catherine Morison Rehart, whose research was turned into "Legends and Legacies" books about the Valley and more than 2,000 spots on KMJ radio.
Rehart died in Oregon on Sept. 6 of cancer. She was 73.
Ms. Rehart's 134-year family legacy in Fresno was broken in 2007 when she moved to Oregon City, Ore., to live with her daughter, Katie, and her family. Before leaving her beloved city, she blamed the Valley's poor air quality for her departure.
Because of her family's roots in Fresno, her children decided to hold a memorial service at the downtown Warnor's Theatre, at Fulton and Tuolumne streets, starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Radio host Ray Appleton of KMJ (AM 580) will be the master of ceremonies and several of Ms. Rehart's close friends will talk about her, daughter Katie Byerly said.
In addition, KMJ is helping her family develop the Catherine Morison Rehart California History Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to a history student at California State University, Fresno. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in researching and writing California's history, Byerly said.
Contributions should be made out to the Fresno State Foundation with a note on the check or donation that says it is for the Rehart scholarship fund, Byerly said.
The Fresno State Foundation is at 2771 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno CA 93726-1852.
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