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Kathren Lois Williams
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“I knew Kathy from playing bridge. She was always a smiling, friendly person. Her family will surely miss her a great deal. ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: Judy Davidson

“Simply put: SHE was the BEST!!! You will be missed so much, that beautiful smile and crazy sense of humor that has gotten so many of us through some...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Linda Cummings Benton

“She was a great lady and willbe missed by many. ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Donna Bezona Cook

“Kathie will be missed by so many of us. She was a wonderful resource as a patient perspective with regards to several of the St. Charles projects. ...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Janet Brown

“I am so glad I had a chance to get to know her. She was wonderfully direct and charming. My prayers are with her family for their loss. Rest In...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Jeanie White

“I was in shock with the news of Kathy's passing. She had been heavy in my thoughts the week before her passing. somehow I had lost her home number....Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: MikeDotson

“So sorry to hear of your family's loss. Kathy was a special and wonderful person with a great love of life. She will be greatly missed. ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: Connie Thomson

“Oh my gosh, just read about your mom in the paper today. I'm so sorry to hear about her loss Tami & Gina. Hugs to you! ”
8 of 17 | Posted by: Toni Rieger

“Kathy was such an incredible lady! We laughed together, cried together and were great conspirators. Her smile was contagious and she lead me through...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Lois Ahern

“Tami & Gina we are heartbroken to hear off the passing of our dear friend Kathy , she was a wonderful lady & the best neighbor ever. We will miss her...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Carole & Jim Henry

“Tami and Gina. I'm very sorry for your loss. I served my apprenticeship with your mom and dad in the early 70's where they taught me to be a good...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Walt Taylor

“So sorry for your family's loss! Kathy will be greatly missed. She was a neighbor before her last move. It was always nice seeing her and talking...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Elaine Martin

“We are so sorry for your loss! Kathy's smile was contagious and we seldom saw her without it! She was an awesome person and we are better people to...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Willie & Kathie Weaver

“Kathy's Family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. She was such a great friend to my mom, Ardyce Swift. I loved her from the first time I met...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Rene Franzen

“I am so sorry to hear this. Kathy guided me and my family through several losses over the years. I grew to count her as a friend as well as a total...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Just Goodrich

“So lady I will miss that quick whit. I met her in JR high. My Mom worked with her for years and years. I remember going to a couple of funerals...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: April MCCafferty-Alldredge

“Kathy gave me a shot as an apprentice with not much real world experience. She shot straight and was very proficient in her work with families. She...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Travis Sandusky


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Kathy Williams was born on June 7, 1939 in Alturas, California to R.J. Ritchey and Kathleen Roberts. She died at 77 years of age on May 16, 2017 after a short battle with cancer, with her family by her side. Our Mom and sister attended school in Ft Bidwell and Cedarville, California and Medford, Oregon. In 1958, in Reno, Nevada, Mom married our Dad, Wally Williams, and from that union Tami was born in 1959 and Gina in 1961. In 1963, Mom and Dad moved to John Day, Oregon where Mom started working for Dr. Bennett. In 1967, Mom and Dad purchased Driskill Memorial Chapel after the death of Carl Driskill . Shortly after the purchase of the funeral home, Mom started working with Dad. That was the beginning of Mom’s life-long passion of helping people, eventually leading to her becoming a licensed Funeral Director. For many years she, and seven other life-long friends, calling themselves “The Bridge Club”, made annual trips to Reno, in Jean Sproul’s motor home, for gambling and shopping. In 1980, she moved to Bend, Oregon where she started working for Paul Reynolds at Niswonger Reynolds Funeral Home. In 1986 Mom moved to Redmond Oregon to manage Redmond Memorial Chapel. Mom was very active in the Redmond community for many years. She was passionate about her involvement with the Hospice of Redmond for 30 years and she was on the board of Directors for 21 years. Mom looked forward to the Hospice Festival of Trees where she directed tree traffic, telling every one where to set up their trees. She took great pride in bidding up the price of the trees into the thousands of dollars, all for the benefit of Hospice of Redmond. Mom enjoyed working at Lords Acre day sale at Powell Butte, selling pies. Mom was active in the Community Presbyterian Church where she served as an elder. Mom was on the Redmond City Council from 1998 and 1999, and on the Budget Committee for the City from 1999 to present. Under Mom’s leadership, the columbarium at Redmond Memorial Cemetery went from a dream to a reality. Mom loved to play bridge, especially with the “boys”, and going on trips and cruises with the Oregon Funeral Directors Association. She enjoyed many travels with her friend Ardyce Swift. Her great passion was doing cross stitch, and she always said she couldn’t live long enough to complete all the patterns she had collected. Mom was preceded in death by her parents and step mother Iris. Kathy is survived by her daughters Tami (Keith) and Gina (Fred), granddaughter Ashley and great grandson Jayden, brothers Kenneth (Joan), Karol, Robert (Sandra) and sister Susan (Mike). The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at St Charles Hospital Cancer Center for their care and Paul Reynolds for guidance and support. Kathy will be missed by all of her many, many friends with whom she shared her life. A memorial service will be held at the Community Presbyterian Church in Redmond, on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:00. Donations in her memory may be sent to Hospice of Redmond for the Transitions Program, the Community Presbyterian Church and St Thomas Catholic Church.

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