Kelly Marie Burgess Naish left this earth far too soon on June 23, 2012, in Buffalo, Wyo., while traveling back home to be with her family and those she loved. Kelly was born June 5, 1968, in Ojai, Calif. She attended California schools before moving with her family to the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.
Kelly was a free spirit and lived all over the country, living in Hawaii, California and Texas, but Parkdale was her home. She loved the peace and serenity of the Parkdale mountains, and was prone to get lost all day on her journeys and need rescuing from her loving friends.
Kelly also loved four- wheeling in her Suzuki Samurai and was never happy until she was stuck in the mud. She was also prone to spontaneous and ill-planned camping trips, and was so innovative; and on one such trip made spaghetti for six in a coffee pot, impressing all her fellow campers.
Kelly is survived by her son, Jeremy Naish; her mother, Christie Burgess; her partner and fellow sojourner, Christopher Glenn; sisters Kai Burgess Nichols and Jerilyn McLaren; and aunt and uncles Janet and Darrell Nastasi and Douglas MacMillan.
Kelly had numerous nieces and one surviving nephew: Jenny Borton, Christie Fowler, Charlie Nichols, Ashley Shepherd, Aimee Grant and Alexandra McLaren. She loved her nieces and nephews and when they were small, especially delighted in teaching them bad habits to take back home.
Kelly’s close-knit group of friends were family as well; she is also survived by her chosen family: Sam and Mel, Guy, Gina, Taunjia and Roger, Terry, Charlie and Mark and Brian. Kelly shared a bond with her chosen family as true and meaningful as any family tie and her circle of friends have been there for one another through thick and thin since grade school.
She is preceded in death by her father, Bill Burgess, and her nephew JJ McLaren.
A celebration of her life is planned for Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Toll Bridge Park, Parkdale, Ore., at 5 p.m. in the covered area. A potluck dinner and inappropriate stories will be shared. All are welcome.
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