Frances (Bun) Kayona passed away peacefully Sept. 1, 2010, at the age of 80.
Frances was greatly beloved by all for her helpful, generous nature, as well as her upbeat, fun, “ready to try anything” attitude.
An Arizona native, Frances grew up on the Salt River Indian Reservation and was a boarding student at St. John’s Indian Mission School in Laveen during her high school years.
After raising their family in Scottsdale for 25 years, she and her husband Ray moved their family to Payson, where they had a home in Star Valley for more than 30 years.
Mrs. Kayona worked in the special education program at Julia Randall Elementary School until retirement, and was a volunteer with Special Olympics for many years.
Volunteer work was important to Frances throughout her life, beginning in the 1960s volunteering in Salt River’s Head Start program, to cooking at St. John’s annual fair, to coaching in Payson’s Special Olympics, to making frybread for a Fort McDowell fund-raiser, and continuing until recently, making quilts at the Salt River Senior Center.
All of these organizations will miss her selfless dedication to helping others, as will her family and friends.
She will be sorely missed by her family and the many family friends who say she was like a mother to them, affectionately calling her “Mama K.”
Mrs. Kayona is survived by daughters, Kathy Badger, Frances Ann Kayona and Teresa Kayona; son, Boy Kayona; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; daughter, Valerie; and grandson, Kenny.
A visitation will held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 3, with a 7 p.m. rosary service at Messinger Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Road.
A graveside service will be held 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 4 at the Mormon Church, 3040 N. Extension Road in Scottsdale.