Walking On - Kathy Ray and Donald Taylor

10.14.2015 Dean Rhodes Walking On

Kathy Marie Ray


July 5, 1956 – Sept. 26, 2015 

Kathy Marie Ray, 59, passed away Sept. 26, 2015. Formerly of Aumsville, Ore., Kathy was a CNA/caregiver at Fairview and an HTTI at the State Hospital.

Kathy grew up on the Oregon Coast in Newport and lived in various other places throughout her life. The coast was always her favorite place and she visited often. She loved going to the casino and to sit and watch the waves, especially in the winter months. She loved the storms on the coast. Kathy enjoyed and loved her grandchildren very much. Her wishes were to return to her childhood home to rest.

Kathy was preceded in death by her father, Howard Meek; mother, Alice E. Shaw; sister, Cindy; and brother, Thomas. She is survived by her sons, Travis Shaw of Grand Ronde and Tristian Shaw of Bend; daughters, Sonia Whitefeather of Keizer and Christina Archer of Aumsville; sisters, Donna Davis of Stayton and Jerrie Ann Archer of Bend; brother, Melvin Roehm of La Pine; eight grandchildren: Trey, Destiny, Justin, Leneisha, Tynan, Kirra, Elsie and Tyus; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and an uncle.

Services were held at Bateman Funeral Home, 915 N.E. Yaquina Drive, Newport, at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4.

Please send any flowers, cards or contributions to Bateman Funeral Home in care of Kathy Ray to the address above.



Donald Sherman Taylor

June 12, 1937 – Oct. 7, 2015

Tribal Elder Donald Sherman Taylor was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

He was born June 12, 1937, in Yakima, Wash. Donald walked on on Oct. 7, 2015, in Mesa, Ariz., at home surrounded by his family.

Donald was the third of 10 children.

In October 1960, he married Inez, the love of his life, and that same year Donald was drafted into the U.S. Army. After serving his country, Donald was honorably discharged in 1962.

Donald got out of the service and they lived in Eureka, Calif., for 29 years. Then they moved to Mesa, Ariz., where they lived for 24 years; next door to their youngest daughter for 20 years.

After retirement, they traveled a lot, taking several cruises foreign and domestic. Each summer they traveled in their motorhome visiting family and friends.

Donald was very proud of his Native heritage and was a proud member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

His hobbies were golfing, motorcycling and, most important, spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Myrtice Inez Taylor of Mesa, Ariz.; daughter, Myrtice Ann (Jon) Aronson; grandsons, Jon and Sam Aronson of Eureka, Calif.; sons, Walter Sherman Taylor of Washington state and Justin Donald Taylor of Portland, Ore.; daughter, Melora Marie (Kort) Strauch of Bow, Wash.; daughter, Dawna Marie (David) Hulet; granddaughters, Mindy (Spencer) Benson and Taylor (L.J.) Dorez of Mesa; Ariz.; and foster son, Ronald Dale Owens of Eureka, Calif.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 422 E. University Drive, Mesa, Ariz. Viewing will be at 10 a.m. with the funeral service at 11 a.m. A graveside service will follow at the city of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St.

A potluck luncheon will follow the cemetery services at 635 E. First Place, Mesa. Everyone is welcome to any or all of the services.