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Kelly LeAnn Naught



Our Kelly was born on December 8, 1965, in Sacramento, California and entered into rest on the afternoon of November 27, 2012 in Goldendale, Washington. She spent the most memorable part of her growing up years in the tiny village of Index, Washington, where she swam in the icy Skykomish River, climbed the surrounding mountains, rode horses, and delighted in the world around her with her older sister and brother. The family moved to Republic in the early 1980’s, where she attended Republic High School and was listed in The Who’s Who of American Students. She was later the sole graduate of the Rose Valley School. Her travels took her to Olympia, where she raised her daughter, Autumn and ultimately graduated from Evergreen State College. While in Olympia, she met the love of her life, Thomas Naught. They were married on a mountaintop at her parents place north of Republic on August 18, 2007. Not long afterwards, they moved down to the End of Oregon, near Denio, Nevada, to help his sister on the ranch. Kelly spent many hours in the saddle in that high lonesome county, whose stark beauty fed her free spirit. A couple of years ago, the illness which finally took her surfaced, and her journey since was one long and arduous struggle in search of healing that led her from west to east, from north to south and back, with her loving husband beside her every painful step of the way. Now that journey has ended and a new one has begun.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas, of Goldendale; her daughter, Autumn Graham and granddaughter, Kaeda, of Oak Harbor; her parents, John and Jackie Michaelson of Republic; her sister, Susie LeFlore, of Spokane; her brother, Robert Showers, of Curlew; and step-siblings, cousins, and in-laws too numerous to list, all of us much richer for her presence in our lives and much poorer for her passing.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday morning, December 15, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. at the Rebekah Lodge in Bickleton. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Rebekah Lodge.


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