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Kathleen Conrad 1952-2011

Kathleen Conrad, 59, of the Village of Oak Creek, passed away April 19, 2011 after her long battle with cancer.

She was born April 15, 1952, in Pasadena, CA., to David A. Morrison and Elaine (Ingram) Smith. She grew up in Southern California enjoying the beach and surfing.

After her education she began her love of travel by trucking cross-country with her late husband, Joseph Soto, delivering commodities all over the United States.

In 1978, Kathleen gave birth to a daughter, Monica Jo Soto-Miller, and began raising her daughter and starting her business career. She was the first woman manager of the Red Lion Hotel chain on the West Coast. She later attended beautician school, became Membership Director and Food and Beverage Manager with Brooks Resources Corp at their Awbrey Glen Golf Club in Bend, OR.

That is when she met her husband, Ron Conrad, a businessman in 1994, married and raised their three teenage daughters. She went on to design and oversee construction of the Spa at Kahneeta Resort in Warm Springs, OR. Always looking for more in her life, she became a certified Reflexologist and a Minister in the International Metaphysical Ministry, performing weddings all over the US.

Travel was one of her passions and she spent time in several countries including Canada, Mexico, England, France, Spain, South America. She returned to Southern CA in 2001 where she lived with Ron on their horse ranch in San Diego until they moved to The Village of Oak Creek in 2009.

Kathy realized a dream of her’s when she started Sedona Organics which sells organic clothes and bedding.

She is survived by her husband Ron Conrad of Sedona, Mother Elaine Smith of Coos Bay, OR, Sister Kris Thurman of Coos Bay, brother David and wife Nancy Morrison of Albany, OR, daughter Monica Jo Soto-Miller of Puerto Villarto, Mexico, step-daughters Caleah Loesche of Apple Valley, MN., and Clarice Oksayan of San Diego, CA and five grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

A memorial was held in Sedona on April 23 at Red Rock Crossing with several more to be held in San Diego, Bend, Oregon, Puerto Villarta, Mexico, Cottage Grove, and Newport, Oregon.

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