Kaye passed away peacefully on May 14, 2013, while surrounded by her loving family in her Pateros, Wash., home. The song “In the Garden” was being played by guitar and sung to her as she slipped gently into Jesus’ loving arms.
Kaye was raised in Coulee City, Wash., by her parents, the late Robert and Hilda Bise. Kaye also raised her own children in Coulee City.
Kaye ran the Reservoir Café and then was a clerk at the Coulee City Post Office.
In 1975, Kaye moved to the Deer Park area to be the postmaster at the Clayton Post Office.
She and her husband, Ralph, continued to live in the Deer Park area until Kaye retired from the Postal Service in 1988. While in Deer Park, they enjoyed many wonderful friends and were lifetime members of Deer Park Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3067.
After Kaye retired, she and Ralph traveled some to follow Ralph’s work with National Food Corp.
They lived on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, then Plankinton, S.D. They returned to Washington State to live in Wilbur. When Ralph retired in 1996, Kaye and Ralph moved to Coulee City, where they lived until 2000. While in Coulee City, Kaye ran a gift shop near her home.
Since 2000, Kaye and Ralph have lived in Pateros during the summers and Salome, Ariz., in the winter.
In summers in Pateros, Kaye enjoyed keeping a wonderful home and flower gardens and she loved fishing because of the beauty and serenity of their fishing spots.
In the winter in Salome, Kaye enjoyed keeping a lovely home and grounds and very much enjoyed the company of many friends while playing golf, card games and Wii games.
Among Kaye’s many joys in life were the wonderful dolls she made with her kiln, making doll clothes, making and painting birdhouses, crocheting and sewing and creating wonderful oil paintings, including a mural that she painted on the wall of the Clayton Post Office that remains there today. Kaye was a wonderfully artistic and creative person.
She was a wonderfully giving and joyous person who loved visiting and going on outings with her many loving family members and friends. Kaye had a wonderfully optimistic view of the world and had great compassion for all people facing their daily challenges in life. Kaye truly loved the world.
A lighted cross stands on the hillside overlooking Kaye’s Pateros home. We believe that Kaye was blessed every day that she was here with us. We know our lives were blessed every day that she was here with us. We believe that our Kaye has a wonderful home in Heaven.
Kaye is survived by her loving husband of 32 years, Ralph H. Roalson of Pateros; and two loving children, Skip Pate of Soap Lake, Wash., and Pam Thayer of Clayton.
Kaye also had loving stepchildren, Rick, Carol and Becky Jenkin and Terry, Randy and Rick Roalson and the late Sandra Roalson.
Kaye is also survived by three loving sisters, Bev Arrand of Deer Park, Nancy Bridges of Royal City, Wash., and Sally Emerson of Hartline, Wash.; and a loving brother, Ken Bise of Colbert.
Kaye also had six grandchildren and many stepgrandchildren, and many great-grandchildren along with many other extended family members and countless friends who all loved and adored Kaye.
As per her request, no services will be held.