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
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.