Gay Lee (Ryan) Rasmussen

Born: Fri., Feb. 23, 1951
Died: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Jan. 28, 2019
3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Jan. 29, 2019
3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Jan. 30, 2019
Location: Burns Mortuary

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Thu., Jan. 31, 2019
Location: Eagles Lodge

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Gay Lee Rasmussen


Gay Lee Rasmussen of Pendleton Oregon Died January 23, 2019

Gay Lee was born Febuary 23, 1951, in Ontario Oregon. To Lyman Glen and Lila Mae (Schram) Rya, Eldest of Three Children. She was raised most of her young life on the family farm on Ontario Heights. The family also share cropped from the time she was four at a white settlement near Vale and all over Ontario Heights. She went to school in Vale,Conkland lindberg, Pioneer grade school, Jr. High and Ontario Highschool.

She was in 4-H with Sewing, Cooking, beef, and horses, with her sewing going to stte. She was lso in FHA, FFA, and tennis in high school. She worked with her family on the farm and to earn money she would  do odd jobs and trap for 25cents on gopher trails for the neighboring farmersShe won a scholarship and a work grant for Treasure Valley Community College. She worked at the college library and cafeteria. She worked at Lake Owyee Resort for the 1971 summer season where she met her first husband Denten E. Spragae Jr. where she worked as a maid, waitress, and cook. The resort gave them a free honeymoon, with an article and pictures. She worked at the Fireside Inn as a maid, Quisenberry Emporium, and Tagory bills. Shortly after their daughter Denise Ann Sprague was born they moved to Pendleton in 1973. She worked as a bartender/cocktail waitress at the Silver Saddle, Frontier Tavern where she learned to play pool, and at Harris Pine Mills. She had been captain of her pool team for the Frontier Tavern and took 1st several times. She also was secretary and President of the City Pool League. After her first and second divorce she moved back to Pendleton working odd jobs still with the Frontier and Pony Keg, Avon and her own Health Nutrition business, and a cage cashier at Wildhorse Casino. In 2000 she became disabled.She had been a long time member of the Eagles Lodge. She also has held offices in family community education, Elks Emblem Club including as President.

She is survived by her husband Paul Rasussen, married 1982-2019 for 37 years. Daughter Denise Sprague, grandson Zachery Sprague, and great grandson Damian Grayson Wayne Sprague, of Pendleton.Then her parents, brother Gray Ryan and 9Ginny) and two nieces of Salem Oregon, Sister Lori Anderson (Jamie) of Canby Oregon and nephew of Ontario Oregon, step children Karls Rasmussen, Janelle McVickec (Scott) of Grand Island, Nebraska, and Ryan Rasumssen (Heather) of Ashland Oregon. Five step grandchildren, and many dear friends.

She was loved by all.

Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Eagles Lodge in Pendleton, Oregon. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the online guestbook at


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Toni (Magrini) Simonds
   Posted Fri January 25, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss.
I knew Gay in Jr high and high school. Such a sweet, kind, and caring soul.
She will be missed.

Martha Landers
   Posted Sun January 27, 2019
Paul and Denise, I am very sorry to learn of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you... Sincerely, Martha Landers

Brandon Case
   Posted Mon January 28, 2019
Prayers and condolences to all of Gay's Family and Friends. She was a wonderful woman and will certainly be missed. Gay had a huge heart and had a smile for anyone in her path. RIP Gay. Love & Mercy.

Tom and Eileen Moon
   Posted Tue January 29, 2019
Gay worked for my folks, Tom and Vivian LaSarge. They thought of her like another daughter. I always enjoyed visiting with her. She was always warm and friendly even though she had some difficult days.

Theresa and Dean Roy
   Posted Thu January 31, 2019
Paul and Family - Dean and I are so sorry to hear about Gay. Sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. If we can do anything for you please let us know.

carmalita chalakee
   Posted Tue February 05, 2019
Thoughts and prayers to the family. Played pool with and against her she was a very awesome lady.

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