Kami Michelle Jackson

Sept. 8, 1974 - June 16, 2013

A celebration of life will be held for Kami Michelle Jackson, 38, of Allegany, formerly of Portland at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Allegany Community Church, 66163 Church Road with Pastor Jay Meyer officiating. Cremation rites have been held at Ocean View Memory Gardens Crematory in Coos Bay.

Kami was born Sept. 8, 1974, in Tarzana, Calif. She died on Father’s Day June 16, 2013, in Coos Bay from complications of Graves disease.

Kami grew up on the Oregon coast in Hauser riding her horses throughout the sand dunes and showing her thoroughbred mare, Counting the Flowers, in California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon and Canada, winning numerous hunter jumper events and was 4-H grand champion for English Equitation and Jumping at the 1992 Coos County Fair. She and “Nikki” spent many wonderful hours riding at Family Four Stables, enjoying Pony Club and showing with Brawley Farms in Jefferson, Ore. She was a talented and beautiful equestrian.

Graduating with honors in 1992 from North Bend High School, Kami attended Oregon State University and Ashland College, graduating from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor in Science and Exercise Movement in 1996. She then put herself through nursing school while interning at Oregon Health Sciences University, achieving a registered nurse degree. Kami worked as an RN for eight years at OHSU in the Neuro-Science/OTO-Head & Neck Department before becoming disabled with Graves disease. One of the most important things to Kami was taking care of others. She was a single mom to Hunter while attending college. Hunter was born in 1996 and Gage in 2004.

Many of those who knew Kami saw the special person she was and the love she had for her patients, her family and her friends, but most of all for her boys. She will be greatly missed. Her short time here was one that benefited all of us who knew and loved her.

Kami is survived by her parents, Tom and Dee Jackson of Allegany; sister, Crissie Files of North Bend; children, Hunter Thomas Jackson of Allegany and Gage Wilson Empey of Portland; and nieces, Chantelle Mrkonic, Courtney Hansen, Emily Hansen and Carlee McCrea of North Bend.

Kami’s son, Gage, was diagnosed with autism at age 2. For those who would like to make a contribution in her name, please remember her by donating to the American Autistic Association at www.myautism.org/donate; or to the Nursing Program c/o SWOCC Foundation, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay, OR 97420.

A limb has fallen from the family tree.

I keep hearing a voice that says, “Grieve not for me.”

Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.

The good life I lived, while I was strong.

Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.

Keep smiling, and surely the sun will shine through.

My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.

Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.

Continue traditions, no matter how small.

Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls.

I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.

Until the day comes, we’re together again. - Author unknown

Arrangements are under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.

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