Nicole Eugenie Kays, born May 28, 1933, in Montreuil-Sois-Bois, France, to Oscar Albert Houriet and Jeanne Marie Helene (Paris) Houriet, passed away on June 27, 2014, at her Staats Road residence in the Snowden area of White Salmon.
Nicole enjoyed growing up in France except during World War II, when she and some of her siblings had to take refuge in a rural area during the harshest months of the war.
Nicole emigrated to Canada where she met and married Louis Paul Fargues, and they had a son Jean-Louis Fargues. When her marriage ended about six years later, Nicole visited relatives in California. There she met Gordon Leon Kays whom she later married, and another son, Daniel Lee Kays, was born. After living in Coalinga, Calif., and several areas of the Columbia River Gorge, Nicole and Gordon settled on property in Snowden where she continued to live after her husband’s death.
She liked walking many miles most days, and she passionately loved her two faithful Labrador dogs and all the wildlife around her home. In fact, she fed the birds, deer, raccoons, and even the skunks.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Jeanne Houriet and her brother Guy Houriet. In addition to her two sons Jean-Louis Fargues and Daniel Lee Kays, Nicole is survived by her brother Roland Houriet of Fresno, Calif., and four sisters, Loyse Desbenoit of Grenoble, France; Chantal Goirand of Corenc, France; Marie-Francoise Jensen of Clovis, Calif.; and Danielle Paris of Auberry, Calif.
Plans are pending for a private memorial service with Nicole Kays’ relatives in California.
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