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Obituary for Kathryn "Kathy" Shear

Kathryn Elizabeth Shear "Kathy" passed away on April 24th, 2021 at her home in Hood River, Oregon.

She was born December 4th, 1956 to John L. and Ola "Pat" Davis in Mountain Home, Idaho. She grew up in Idaho with her parents and spent a lot of her time traveling and camping with them. Some of her fondest memories growing up are of traveling and camping with her parents and her dad making her peanut butter and marshmallow sandwiches.

Kathy lost her father at the age of 16 to cancer, and would carry the loss of her best friend for the rest of her life. She lost her Mom when she was 43. She got involved in Skiing at a young age and loved it. If she could get on the mountain she would (even after she lost the ability to ski or walk).

She enlisted in the Military and served in the Army for 2 years. She moved to California, where her mother lived, and found the man whom she would marry. They met through a mutual friend, and started their relationship. They had their first son Michael, and were married later. Their second child Elizabeth came a year later. They separated a few years later, and Kathy moved to Odell Oregon where she lived on a farm with family friends for a year. She moved around the Hood River Valley before settling into her final home that she loved.

She enjoyed being outside with her lilacs, racing her wheelchair when she was younger, exploring the wildflowers of the valley, and eating the amazing local Mexican food. Going out to eat and the craft shows were a favorite that she would attend when she could. She had many friends throughout the years, and many "children" she adopted as her own. Kathy continued to be an inspiration and a light to anyone who came into her life.

Kathy battled with MS for 40 years, before passing away peacefully in her home – family suggests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the MS Society.

She was preceded by her mother, father, elder brother, and 2 grandchildren, but leaves behind her son, Michael;, daughter, Elizabeth; second daughter, Angela; four granddaughters, Chloe, Evy, Rosie and Charlotte; and many nieces, nephews. She also leaves behind an untold number of “adopted children” and friends that she collected over the years. She will continue to be an inspiration for the generations who remember.

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