The Escapees flag at Timber Valley Park was dipped to half-staff on Friday, May 17 as members mourned the passing of Kristine Godbey.  Kristine was an active, caring, helpful member of Timber Valley since Nov. 18, 2015 and will be sorely missed by her many friends.

Kristine was born in Nashua, New Hampshire on Sept 14, 1955. She graduated from high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma and attended college at Colorado State University.  As an adult she lived in Virginia, California and Colorado and worked as a paralegal and an appraiser for a mortgage company.  She was married twice and had no children.

She was a loving and attentive daughter and sister and her cat, Sir Percival, aka. Percy, was her delight. Kristine was very involved in Emergency Preparedness for the park and in the Community Emergency Response Team.  She helped in many events even when her health was failing.  She had a ham radio license and was block captain for her neighborhood.

Kristine was an avid Mah Jongg player and weekly emailed the Mah Jongg players to be sure they would be ready to play.  She won more than her share of the games!

For several years she had not felt well and had numerous medical appointments.  No diagnosis was ever established and her health continued to deteriorate.  She was a very private person who tried not to show her discomfort. Her many friends did not realize the extent of her illness.  She continued to fulfill her volunteer roles even when as her Mother said, “She could hardly walk across the room she was so fatigued.” Her sister, Dianne, said, “She put others’ needs before her own.”

Her custom was to phone her Mother every morning to check on her.  On Friday she failed to phone and did not respond to her sister’s messages.  Her sister found her body about 1 p.m. on Friday and called the EMTs.  There will be no memorial service.  The family would welcome contributions in her name to Saving Grace.

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  1. Joan Larson says:

    Oh, what a shock. I was just thinking about her yesterday and certainly had no idea that she wasn’t doing well. Timber Valley will most certainly miss her attentiveness to the needs of the park. I hope others will step forward to take up the reins she no longer holds.
    My condolences to Genevieve and Dianne and all her close friends and surely too to Percy.

  2. Rachael Smithey says:

    In addition to being the Timber Valley’s Emergency Prep committee chair, Kristine was actively involved with the Douglas County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and was ham radio licensed (KK7KQJ). She recently participated in the Sutherlin School District Evacuation exercise, so her passing is a shock to us all.

    This is from Gail Young, head of Douglas County CERT:

    “Kristine Godbey passed away yesterday, very unexpectedly. She completed her CERT training last year but has been a guest member since 2021.

    Hugs to all our CERT members in the SKP park who knew her best, her smile and laughter will be missed by all.”

  3. Kate Bright says:

    This is so sad. I liked Kristine very much.

  4. Terry and Ruth Mishler says:

    We were blessed to know Kristine….she was a wonderful person.

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