Kathryn June Pettyjohn-Flesher, 59, of La Grande passed away May 17 at Saint Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. No services will be held, per her request.

Pettyjohn-Flesher was born in Denver City, Texas, on Sept. 17, 1957, and, at the age of 5, moved with her family to Seneca. “Khaki,” as her beloved daycare children grew to call her, spent her life working with children in her home daycare. Over 50 children were loved and cared for unconditionally by Kathy over the span of 41 years.

Those who knew Pettyjohn-Flesher know she loved nothing more than being “the boss of everybody.” Her twice-a-year Oregon Coast trip was a highlight she looked forward to every year. She will not be forgotten.

She is survived by her mother, Maryanne Pettyjohn; her husband, Michael William Flesher, of La Grande; her siblings, Jerry Wayne Pettyjohn, Margaret Meyer and Darren Pettyjohn; her three children, Colby Farrell, Brett Ann Wilkinson and Cale Michael Flesher; and two grandchildren, Lylyann June Wilkinson and James Walter Wilkinson II.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

To leave a condolence for the family, visit driskillmemorialchapel.com.

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