Kay Frances Loyd Keyser was born Sept. 7, 1940, in Stonewall, Okla., and passed away quietly on Aug. 4, 2018, in Woodburn, Ore.
She delighted in the company of her children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren on her last day, as she had all her adult life.
Growing up with her three brothers, James Frankfother, Don Frankfother and Bert Loyd, Kay spent most of her childhood in the Hood River Valley in Oregon.
Kay married her husband of 62 years, William Henry Keyser, in 1956.
They moved to La Grande, Ore., starting a family that included son, Boyd, and daughters, Cynthia and Kelly.
Kay and family made Eastern Oregon their home for most of their lives with stops in Milton Freewater, The Dalles and Walla Walla in Washington. Later in life, Kay and Bill became “snowbirds,” wintering at their adorable home on the golf course in Palm Springs, Calif.
Throughout her life, Kay was known for her amazing ability to create a “picture book” interior to her many homes. She enjoyed reading, watching old movies and photography, which became a hobby-turned-business for her. She authored a children’s book titled “I told you,” which was illustrated by Bill.
She was an avid sports fan who loved her Oregon Ducks, Duke Blue Devils and Kansas City Chiefs. Though not a fanatical golfer, she was proud of her “hole in one” on her home course in Palm Springs.
During her life, Kay had many jobs, including medical office manager, school secretary, lab technician and realtor. She assisted Bill when he served as director of the Chamber of Commerce in Milton-Freewater, helping to revitalize the “Muddy Frogwater Festival.”
Though a mid-life stroke temporarily took the wind out of her sails, she recovered to find joy in her growing extended family. Summer vacations with all the grandkids at Wallowa Lake provided some of her fondest memories.
Kay was preceded in death by husband, Bill; father, Clyde Lee Loyd; mother, Kathrin Thompson Loyd; and brother Donald Frankfother.
She is survived by son, Boyd Keyser; daughters, Cynthia Babcock and Kelly Martinez; grandchildren, Ryan Keyser, Robert Keyser, Kathryn Keyser, Levon Rector, Sammie Rector, Karsten Lange and Karly Lange Gatchet; great-grandchildren, Carter Gatchet, Winston Keyser and Hazel Keyser; brothers, James Frankfother and Bert Loyd; and extended members of the Loyd family.
Per her request, Kay’s ashes will be scattered in the Columbia River, at a time as yet to be determined.
More information on Kay’s life and an opportunity to post your own remembrance can be found at www.cornwellcolonial.com .
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