April 18, 1910 - April 1, 2010
Kay Shelton died April 1, 2010, at her home in the Garrison Creek Lodge. She was 99.95 years old. Kay was born April 18, 1910, in Walla Walla, to Joseph and Mary Martin. She was raised on the family farm. Kay graduated from St. Vincent's Academy in Walla Walla. Kay spent her young years working on the family farm and cooking during harvest for her family, relatives or neighbors.
On Feb. 10, 1945, Kay married Fred Shelton in St. Patrick's Church in Walla Walla. For a short time Kay and Fred lived in Palm Beach, Fla., Auburn, Wash., and Spokane before settling in Othello, Wash., for 44 years. Kay was very involved with Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Othello. She was a homemaker and a gardener. She enjoyed sewing for her family and friends. It was always a treat for her to play cards with her card group. The Othello home was always a stopping point for all the traveling family members. Kay was the road lunch sister, aunt, cousin. "Are you hungry? Come on in have some food." Kay's most memorable trips were to Rome and the Holy Lands, followed by a trip to Ireland to visit a cousin. October 1997 Kay and Fred moved back to Walla Walla to be near family.
Kay was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Fred; brothers, Michael and Jim Martin of Walla Walla; sisters, Alicia Martin, Ruth Newman, Helen Gwinn and Roseann Schneller, all of Walla Walla, and Mary Schreck of Portland, Ore.
Kay is survived by her sister, Grace Krueger of Wenatchee, and lots of nieces and nephews and cousins.
There will be a public viewing at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home on April 16, 2010, from noon until the Rosary at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held April 17, 2010, at noon at Assumption Catholic Church. Burial will be Monday, April 19, 2010, at Mt. View Cemetery at 10 a.m. (because the cemetery closes at noon on Saturday).
In lieu of flowers, donations to Walla Walla Catholic Schools, Hospice, or an organization of your choice will be appreciated.