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Obituary for Feb. 26, 2014


‘Kathy’ Rose

Baker City, 1962-2014

Kathryn L. “Kathy” Rose, 51, of Baker City died Feb. 13, 2014, at her home.  

Kathy was born on May 30, 1962, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker City to Gene C. and Coral Jane Rose. She was the fifth of five children born to the Rose family.

Kathy spent the first six years of her life in Baker City, and then moved with her family to Ontario. She was an accomplished competitive swimmer, earning state championships in both backstroke and relay events. She was a 1980 Ontario High School graduate. 

Kathy graduated from Portland State University in 1986. During her college career, she participated in and thoroughly loved her two terms spent studying and traveling throughout the world via the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester at Sea program.

She would later return to the Semester at Sea program in administrative staff and recruitment positions — again allowing her to tour the world.

In 1985-1986, Kathy lived in Tokyo where she taught English to the employees of the Fujistu Company. She took the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the country and many other parts of the Orient.

In 1987, Kathy continued her passion for travel by becoming a flight attendant for American Airlines. She earned numerous awards and recognition for more than a decade of service to the airline. 

Her work allowed her to see numerous domestic and international destinations. Kathy had a particular interest in the African/ Middle East regions of world. She collected a number of wonderful items she shared with family and friends over the years. 

In 1991, she married Rod Herring. Their marriage lasted 10 years. The majority of their time together was spent in the area of Hermosa Beach, California. 

Kathy returned to Baker City in 2002 to be closer to her family. She will be remembered for her generous spirit and her willingness to engage any and all people in warm conversation, family members said. Her friendships spanned worldwide. She loved sending cards and notes — often highlighted with small drawings — to those who might need a little cheer. Her sense of humor, even in tough times, was often noted and appreciated by her family and friends. She will be deeply missed by all who loved her.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Coral Jane Kneeland Rose.

Survivors include her father, Gene Rose; brother, Bill Rose, and his wife, Karen; sister, Connie Ross, and her husband, John; brother, Bob Rose, and his wife, JoAnn; sister, Mary Jane Guyer, and her husband, Randy; nieces and nephews, Kelley, Christie, Kevin and J.J.; and her great-nieces Elsie Jane and Madeline Rose.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rachel Pregnancy Center or Best Friends of Baker County through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

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