Obituary — Kathleen Celeste Ray-Gillespie |

Obituary — Kathleen Celeste Ray-Gillespie

Kathleen Celeste Ray-Gillespie is no longer here to help the many people who came into her life. Her family was at her side Oct. 25, 2002, at Barton Memorial Hospital. She was 46.

Kathie was born June 30, 1956, at Santa Monica, Calif. She graduated from high school in 1974, and attended classes at Lake Tahoe Community College. She maintained several close friendships with her peers from elementary and high schools. Kathie was a 22-year resident of South Lake Tahoe. She was the loved office manager at Dr.’s Genasci and Stigers office. Kathie was a valued member of Sierra Community Church. Leading by example her faith in Jesus, she was instrumental in helping other find God. She was an asset to several recovery fellowships and was always giving of herself to others in need. She was active in breast cancer awareness and helped others by carrying the message of hope and strength to all. Kathie not only touched the lives of her friends, but all who knew her. She had a special bond with her doctors, nurses and the staff at the hospitals who attended to her medical needs. She loved God, life, her family and friends, her pets, music of all types, playing the piano, the ocean, rodeos, water and snow skiing, scary movies and books and the outdoors.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Henni Ray of Needles, Calif., who were like parents to Kathie; dogs, Chuck, Cloe, and cat, Truckee; and many friends. She was predeceased by her mother Francis Ray; father Harold Alfred Ray; brother Butch Ray; and dogs, Sam and Alex.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 31 at Sierra Community Church. In lieu of flowers donations in her name will be taken for breast cancer research.

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