May 26, 1956 - April 3, 2016
Rae was born May 26, 1956 to her parents, Ernie and Edna Lucky Howe in Eugene, OR. She was the middle daughter of two sisters. They were a Marine Corps family and traveled frequently. As a result Rae attended new schools often though finished her college degree in Phoenix, AZ. The US Army was her choice for military service from 1974 to 1978. She was instrumental in the family business, SAJE Inc., a Christmas tree farming and manufacturing equipment business. Retirement was on the horizon for her from the State of Oregon, Workers Compensation Division where she was in management.
The feel, texture and weight of books were a favorite of Rae’s. When e-readers became available she rapidly converted but always missed a “real” book. Her dad introduced her to golf though she was only a fair-weather golfer they shared many rounds on the course. Home improvement projects, landscaping and close friends were always dear to her heart but NEVER cooking.
Rae is survived by her son Tyler Herigstad of Salem, OR; mother Edna (Lucky) Cowdry of Why, AZ; her sister Dee Voytilla of Waikloloa, HI; step-mother Alice Howe of Yuma AZ; a large extended family including aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and hand-picked family. She is preceded in death by her son Zacharay; father Ernie; sister Dusti.
There will be an informal Celebration of Life/Gathering at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, 605 Commercial St. SE, Salem OR, on April 17, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Please join us in remembering Rae and bring stories and memories to share. The family is grateful for the condolences and asks you to consider donating to a charity of your own choice in lieu of flowers.