Kathryn Lynn Rayl

March 5, 1953 ~ January 22, 2021 (age 67)

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Kathryn Lynn Rayl was welcomed into the arms of her loving Lord on January 22nd, 2021, after a long, debilitating and valiant battle with Parkinson’s disease.  She was 67 years old.

Kathryn was born in Kokomo, Indiana, in 1953, and graduated from the newly constructed Haworth High School in 1971.  It was in high school that she discovered a passion for art in many different types of mediums (water colors, oils, jewelry, weavings, and more) that would define and frame her for the rest of her life.

She received her Masters in Art degree from Indiana University, and soon after relocated to California in 1980, where she lived a rich and full life, enjoying all the California lifestyle had to offer, while establishing and running her art studio, in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach.  She developed a love of horses, to go along with her love of cats, after rescuing her beloved horse Ransom from the California fires. One of her favorite places in the world the Serrano Creek horse ranch where she rode and took care of Ransom, and enjoyed all of the abundance that life has to offer.

After developing Parkinson’s disease, she moved back to Indiana, with her two beloved cats, Leonard and Murphy.  Her last place of residence was the Westside Village Nursing Center in Indianapolis.

Many thanks to Summit Place West and Brook Knoll Village assisted living facilities, Westside Village skilled nursing center, and Kindred Hospice, for all of their wonderful care they provided for Kathryn.  She was a favorite of many who cared for her.

In closing, I would like to ask you to please consider Kathryn, the next time you face a trial in your life, how Kathryn never wavered, always undertook and completed her many rounds of therapies, and kept her wonderful sense of humor throughout her battles with this challenging disease. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same in whatever challenging situations you may face in your life.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents, Donavon and Ruth Rayl, and is survived by her brother, Stephen Rayl, who was her proud and loving caregiver for many years, as well as his wife Sally, nephews Brian Rayl (spouse Elizabeth), Craig Rayl (spouse Erica) and niece Allison Parr (spouse Nick).

Donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY, 10163-4777.  A private service will be held at a later date in California.

Arrangements handled by Bell Mortuary & Crematory, Royster-Askin-Sandrock Chapel, 2310 W Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222.

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