Kathy Jo Milts Mengershausen, passed away January 8, 2012, at her home in Grants Pass, Ore. of triple negative breast cancer. She was born December 29, 1957, in Maywood, Calif. to Robert Milts and Jaymie (Milts) Baty. Kathy Jo had a more than beautiful singing voice as she won the talent contest in the Miss Oregon Pageant in 1973 and if as she believed there is a heavenly choir she was immediately welcomed there.
She married Robert (Bob) Mengershausen on May 31, 1997. They lived on a little acreage near Grants Pass where they spent their time gardening, raising animals, and loving the challenges of country living. She had finally found the love she so deserved and the life she had always wanted to live. She and Bob loved camping and could be found many weekends at their favorite spot on Sunset Bay on the Oregon Coast. Kathy Jo and Bob were avid followers of the Oregon Ducks. She died as she lived on a beautiful winter day filled with sunshine and with her faith strong and her natural beauty shining through. She joined her sister, Debbie Boehm, who died of the same disease August 21, 2012, and her husband, Bob, who died December 17, 2012, also of cancer. Her loving mother, Jaymie died in 1998, and her brother, Robert James Milts died in 1994.
When her father remarried, she became the stepdaughter of Donna Milts and stepsister to Paul and Eric Everett, of Medford, Ore. These children liked one another from the start, and through the years a strong bond developed between them. Our blended family gatherings were full of joy, love, and laughter, and when the need presented itself, we were staunch supporters of one another through good times and bad.
Kathy Jo was the mother of three children, Brea Purser, Nathan (Juli) Jackson, and Andrew Purser; and stepmother to Greg (Emily) Mengershausen and Matthew (Tasha) Mengershausen. She is survived by four grandchildren. Others left to cherish her memory are her father and stepmother, Robert and Donna Milts; niece, Meghan Boehm-Hart and her husband, Brian Hart; grandniece, Rylan Hart; nephew, Dustin Boehm; brother-in-law, Daryl Boehm; stepbrothers, Paul Everett and Eric (Carey) Everett; her very favorite, "Uncle Mike" Milts; aunt, Sally Fillman; and uncles, William and Robert Osburn. She was very close to her husband's family which includes her loving mother-in-law, Elsie Mengershausen; and her special helpmate and steadfast friend, sister-in-law, Joanne Lammers. In addition, she was blessed with four brothers-in-law, Gary, Bill, Don, and Roger Mengershausen; and sister-in-law, Colleen Sharer, all of whom have been a great help to Bob and Kathy during their lengthy illnesses.
Kathy Jo was also fortunate to have a wonderful friend who stayed by her side throughout her illness and beyond, Lori Walters. The family of Kathy Jo would like to thank Lori for all of the love and kindness that she has shown to Kathy Jo and Bob and to our entire family.
Services will be held January 26, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Church, 2193 Midway Ave., Grants Pass, Ore. Everyone is welcome to attend.