Kellie Dianna Arnold (Shields)
September 23, 1960 - September 20, 2016
Kellie Arnold passed away September 20, 2016 after a lengthy illness. She was born one of five children to Oley and Delores Shields in Grants Pass, Ore. Her family moved to Crescent City, Calif. where they raised their children until her mother moved to Medford, Ore. to raise the children by herself.
Kellie was fiercely independent and started out on her own at an early age. Finishing high school, she began a career in the fledgling computer and electronics field. Working for various manufacturers in Medford, her goal was to become a computer programmer. She wanted to go to school to learn about computer science and programming.
Her life was forever changed September 25, 1985 when returning from Applegate with her one-year-old daughter and another passenger, tragedy struck in the form of a head-on collision when another driver crossed into her lane. Kellie was pinned in her car for over three hours. The passenger was uninjured and her daughter received minor injuries. After being rushed to the hospital and undergoing a 12-hour surgery, it was determined that along with the physical injuries to her body, she had sustained traumatic brain injuries as well. The next three years were filled with doctors, hospitals, therapy, and relearning to walk, talk, and even eat. She knew at this time that her life would never be the same but she was determined to live her life to the fullest and on her terms even with the physical and mental handicaps.
Through all the pain and suffering, her sense of humor never left her. She enjoyed telling jokes, some were a little off color, some silly, but she was always laughing when she told them, causing everyone to laugh with her.
Kellie loved her family and was a very giving person to all who knew her. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.
Kellie is survived by her best friend and husband, Roger Arnold; sister, Pamela Shields; brothers Bo (Donna) Shields and Michael (Cherie) Shields; son, Christopher Reed; daughter, Kindall Greenwood; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother and father.
Kellie is now pain-free, residing with the Lord, and telling all her jokes to the rest of the angels.