Catherine (Kitty) Kellogg, 98, passed away Friday evening, January 5, 2013, in her home at the Rogue Valley Manor, where she resided since 1998. Close friends and family were by her side as she went to be with our Creator.
Kitty was born April 18, 1914, in Waldport, Oregon, the daughter of John E. and Marion F. Gribble. She was both home schooled and attended schools throughout southern Oregon, and graduated Medford High School. She attended the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Early in life Kitty and family traveled by horseback extensively throughout Southwestern Oregon while her father was a U.S. Forest Service Ranger. She often spoke of being the first white child to cross the Cape Perpetua Trail on horseback.
Kitty's loves included forests and flowers, taking pictures, gardening, sharing and being with others. She loved fishing, hiking, and camping; exploring and teaching; boating and swimming; music and reading. She whistled at weddings and at other occasions.
She held memberships in the First Presbyterian Church in Medford and Jacksonville, Oregon. She was active in Eastern Star, DAR, Mayflower Society, VFW Auxiliary, Heugenot Society, Southern Oregon Historical Society, Jackson County Republican Women, Rogue Valley Genealogical Society. She was a Red Cross volunteer ambulance driver in Camp White during World War II. She was a volunteer with the USO and with the Veterans Administration.
As a mother, Catherine was a leader in the Brownies and Girl Scouts; Blue Birds and Campfire Girls; Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts; was active in PTA and numerous school fuctions and events. Mrs. Kellogg traveled the world with her husband, Boyce. Together they went on cruises, rode camels and elephants, and explored places they had earlier read about or dreamed of visiting. Kitty loved to cuddle her grandchildren and later, her great-grandchildren.
Kitty is survived by her four children, Shirley Peterson (Jerry), Day Westine (John), John Lynch (Ellen), and Tacy Stanfill (Richard); 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husbands (Col.) H. D. Neely, John B. Lynch, and Joseph (Boyce) Kellogg. Also preceding her in death were her only brother, John F. Gribble and her parents.
Catherine's earthly remains were interred with those of her husband, John B. Lynch, in the Eagle Point National Cemetery in Eagle Point, Ore. Arrangements by Perl/Siskiyou Funeral Home.
A celebration of life will be held at the Rogue Valley Manor, in the Sunrise Room, Wednesday, January 16, 2013, from 1:30 2:30 p.m., with the Manor's Director of Pastoral Care, Fr. Joel S. Garvaglia-Maiorano, CJ, officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Rogue Valley Manor Foundation, 1200 Mira Mar Ave., Medford, OR 97504; or to OSSDAR State Treasurer, 13391 SW Deergrove Lane, Tigard, Ore., 97224. Please join us in honoring Kitty.