Kathleen "Kittie" (Newbrey) Lemcke, of Canyon City, died Friday, Dec. 8, 2006, near Prineville. She was 48.
A graveside service was held Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006, at Canyon City Cemetery, with Pastor Lee Teague officiating. A memorial service was held at the John Day Senior Center, following the service.
Mrs. Lemcke was born on Aug. 5, 1958, in Ontario to Thomas Clifford Newbrey and Doris Kelsay (Hackett) Newbrey. She moved to John Day in 1962. She graduated from Grant Union High School in 1977. She then went on to pursue a career in health care. She was certified in 1985 in the Oregon State EMT program. In 1990, she was certified in the Oregon State Paramedic program. She received her OHCA assited living administration license in 2003. She worked as a paramedic at Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day for over 20 years. She also worked for Medix in Astoria, as an administrator for an assisted living home in Seaside, and managed Valley View Assisted Living in John Day for about a year.
During her years in the health service industry she received several awards, including a Medal of Valor in 1999; EMS Cross in 2001; Unit of Citation in 2003; and 20 years of Service Award in 2004.
She married Jim Lemcke on Sept. 2, 2003, in John Day.
Mrs. Lemcke enjoyed caring for and bringing in stray animals. She loved to do crafts and was always ready to help anyone who needed it. Her favorite holiday was Christmas.
She participated in fostering and adopting children. Her greatest accomplishments were raising a family and the lives she saved, whether it be people or animals.
Survivors include her husband, Jim Lemcke, of Canyon City; son, Rob Smith, of Charlotte, N.C.; daughter Shabri White, of Salem; daughter Madison Hilton, of John Day; three stepchildren, Brandon, Jared and Kaylee Lemcke; her mother Doris Kelsay; sister Cathy Hodges; and sister Connie Willoughby.
She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Clifford Newbrey, and a daughter, Michelle Nicole White.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.