Garnet June Taylor - Spear 1933 ~ 2019

Our mother Garnet June Kilgore Taylor Spear died January 5, 2019 at the age of 85. In her passing she has left us all pondering our relationship with unconditional love. June always had a smile on her face for everyone she encountered. She loved everyone and everything even when times were difficult. She could be flat on her back and elated to see you. She was the glue that held together her family of eleven.

With such a large family June worked from home as a seamstress. Singing while she worked. A favorite song was “The Rose” modified to love builds a bridge. Her strong soprano voice would carry over any choir. Many of the songs she sang she would change the lyrics to reflect her spirituality. 

For many years she facilitated  a church called Spiritual Inquiry. June read broadly and deeply on spiritual topics. Later in life she compiled much of her knowledge into books that discussed how her spiritual growth helped her through many hardships. Many of her prose (stories) and poetry are published. One would think a person with such a loving nature would have a serene life, but that was not the case for June.

She lived her life on the margins of the economy always considering others before herself. She is survived by 11 living children, 34 grandchildren, and 45 great-grandchildren. And nieces that she took under her wings! And there are an innumerable number of people who have been influenced by her loving spirit.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday January 19, 2019 at 11:00 at Sutherlin Funeral Alternatives 1000 W. Central Ave.


Pat Skelton 1938 ~ 2018

Patricia “Pat” Skelton age 80 of Roseburg, Oregon passed away Thursday December 27, 2018

Patricia Ann Skelton, born September 20, 1938, went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 27, 2018, at 80 years old with her family by her side.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years, James A. Skelton; her children, Kathy Hampson, Mark Skelton, Jennifer Fox; and son-in-law, Rodney Fox; her grandchildren, James, Erin, Danielle, Isaac, Kirsten, Hannah and Tanner; her nine great grandchildren; sister, Linda and her husband Ron; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pat was born in Portland, OR, and has resided in Roseburg since 1984. In the past, she worked as an Office Manager at Mid Oregon Printing, as the church secretary at Roseburg Christian Fellowship, and retired in 2006, after working 15 years at Roseburg Paving. Her greatest joy and blessing in life was spending time with her family, where she devoted every moment to supporting and loving them. Her family feels grateful and blessed that the Lord allowed them to share so many of their best memories with her.

Pat is now joyfully reunited in Heaven with her daughter, Christina; mother, Irene; and grandmother, Jennifer.

Service announcement pending.