Mary Lou Kauffman


Mary Lou Kauffman
Aug. 16, 1931 - July 24, 2011

Mary Lou Kauffman passed away at home on July 24, 2011. She was born on Aug. 16, 1931, to Lloyd K. and Doris (Romine) McRae in Pendleton. She grew up on the family farm, attended a country grade school and graduated from Helix High School. The services will be held at St. Patrick's Church, 425 W. Alder St., in Walla Walla. The Rosary will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, and the Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, with Rev. Jeff Core officiating. Those who wish may make memorial contribution in memory of Mary Lou Kauffman to the Providence St. Mary Service League or St. Patrick's Catholic Church in her memory, in care of the funeral home in lieu of flowers.

Mary Lou married Peter D. Kauffman in 1956, and they had two sons, Michael Lloyd Kauffman and Peter "Bud" McRae Kauffman. Peter Kauffman passed away in 1991. In 1996 Mary Lou married Gordon E. Arthurs and they made their home at Stateline. Mr. Arthurs passed away in 2008.

Mrs. Kauffman worked for Walla Walla Community College in the 1960s and early '70s before retiring to her life as a loving mother, aunt and grandmother.

Mrs. Kauffman was associated for many years with the Sisters of Providence St. Mary Medical Center Service League and the St. Patrick's Providence Association.

Mrs. Kauffman is survived by her son, Bud and his wife Lori Dee of Mill Creek, Wash.; two nieces and a nephew; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. In addition to Mr. Kauffman and Mr. Arthurs, she
was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Michael Lloyd, in 2003; and her sister, Catherine Ann Thompson, in 2007.

She will be greatly missed by her family and good friends and her companion dog, Patches.


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