Kathy Ann (Staton) Rion, 71, of Buena Vista passed away at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital on April 11, 2017, after a brief battle with cancer.

Kathy Ann (Staton) Rion, 71, of Buena Vista passed away at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital on April 11, 2017, after a brief battle with cancer. 

She was born in Buena Vista to the late Douglas and Kathleen Staton Sr.

She is survived by her daughter, Shannon Pope of Charlotte, N.C.; her son, Michael Pope (Jamie Beckland) of Portland, Ore.; her brother, Doug Staton, Jr. (Bobbi) of Topping; and her beloved cat, Atticus.

In keeping with her wishes, the body was donated to the Virginia State Anatomical Program for medical research and no formal memorial service will be held.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Cats Unlimited in Lexington.

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