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Arrangements by: North Santiam Funeral Service

 

  

Mary Margaret Galati
November 7, 1928 – April 22, 2015

Stayton - Mary Margaret Galati was born November 7, 1928 in Needles, California to Leo and Catherine Connor.  She moved to Ashland in her early years and graduated from Ashland Senior High School in 1947.  After high school she attended and graduated from the Oregon School of Nursing (OHSU) in 1949. 

Mary met and married Joseph Galati on September 9, 1950. Mary and Joseph lived briefly in Portland, before moving to Ashland, in 1952. Mary and Joseph lived the next 58 years in Ashland and raised five children in the process.  David Galati (wife Kay), Catherine Mater (husband Scott deceased), Robert Galati (wife Sandra), Patrice DeRoest (husband David), and Joan Neely.  The entire family includes 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Living the majority of her adult life in Ashland, Mary worked as a registered nurse for 45 years at Ashland’s Community Hospital. She dedicated her life and love to the care and wellbeing of her husband, family and all people in need.  Deeply devoted to God and family, Mary and Joseph instilled in their children a strong belief in the goodness of mankind and a devotion to God through service to community.

Mary was also a pioneer in that she was the first medical person at the hospital to use the defibrillator in an emergency situation and save a life. Mary was intelligent, decisive and strong willed and used all of these qualities in her long service to the community of Ashland and the raising of her family. Upon her retirement Mary was honored by the community of Ashland when she was made the Grand Marshal of the annual 4th of July parade. Sitting both regally and humbly on the back seat of a convertible, her husband (Joseph) proudly drove Mary through town to receive the acknowledgment and appreciation of the community she had served. 

Mary touched many families in Ashland with her care of others during joyous births, painful injuries, and sorrowful end of life passings. In keeping with her personality for caring and nurturing, Mary was the consummate gardener and artist. Her primary joy was in gardening and her yard was an Eden. She also knitted, sewed, painted, and needle pointed many family heirlooms. Mary’s home and garden was a refuge and provided her and all who had the opportunity to enter those spaces with a strong sense of peace, calm, and comfort. Mary will be greatly missed, but through her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and those she touched, her presence and spirit will live on and continue to give comfort and compassion to all.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 10:00 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stayton. Interment will be in Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.
 


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