With profound sadness we announce the passing of Carla Dee Aubrey, our loving mother and friend to all whose lives she touched, on June 11, 2024.

Carla was a beautiful person full of life, laughter and warmth. She was a proud mother, aunt, sister and grandmother. She was born on April 2, 1967 to Sherrie Reed and Carl Bryan. She was one of thirteen children.

When Carla was 14 years old, she was chosen to represent the Yurok people as their medicine girl for the brush dances in Klamath. Onlookers were in awe of her beauty as she danced that summer. She studied for months in the mountains before returning home with a beautiful song that she had planned to teach her daughter one day. The universe had other plans though, and she was given six beautiful boys. Carla adored her sons and grandchildren. She would often share photos of her grandbabies with family and friends. Children, sons, nieces and nephews were one of her great joys in life. If there was a baby in the house, she would be sure to be rocking it and singing songs.

If you were lucky enough to spend time with Carla, chances are you were laughing at her jokes, singing along to songs in the car with her, or marveling at her beauty. Carla’s presence brought light, warmth and kindness to everyone she encountered. She always did her best to make everyone feel loved and appreciated.

Carla spent her final days expressing her love for her family and friends. She left voice messages in Yurok for her grandsons to practice. She called old friends to express her gratitude. She talked to her sister, Fawn, about making plans to visit her newest grandson George. She did her best to tie up loose ends and find peace before she passed away. We hope that she knows that these small gestures in her final days have left a lasting mark on our lives.

Carla was preceded in death by her son, Benjamin Taggart, her mother, Sherrie Reece, her step father, David Reece, her father Carl Bryan and her uncle Lawrence Reed Jr.

Carla is survived by her children, Zachary & Kate Myers, Jeffrey & Chelsey Myers, Joseph Brazil, Alan Taggart, and Sean & Elena Taggart; grandchildren; Elias Myers, Tristan Myers, Angel Taggart, Noah Myers, Lochlan Myers, and George Benjamin “Little Eagle” Taggart; siblings, Edward (Horse) & Nicol Aubrey, Lavonne (Fawn) & Josh Guido, Hank Aubrey, Eli (Buck) Aubrey, Scott Aubrey, Kristin Aubrey, Ethel Reed, Dan Ryles, Kenny Hickok, Star Bryan, Raina Moore, Shontee Cornejo, Nakia Barnd, and Natchee Blu Barnd; and uncles and aunts Ron and Crystal Reed, Sharon Reed, Barbara and Bob Rakestraw and Butch Reed.

Carla’s family invites friends and family to attend her funeral service on Saturday, June 22 at 1 o’clock at the Shaker Church in Johnson’s, followed by her burial at the cemetery in Wautek.

Pallbearers will be Richard Rutherford, Blaine Hurn, Tristin Severns, Mike Obie, Austin Rakestraw, Brandon Rakestraw and Troy Aubrey. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ron Reed, Rocky Reed, Jake Reed, Lawrence “Woo” Reed, Terry Bray, Jason Rakestraw Sr., Eli Hensher and Dominick Severns.


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