Aug. 3, 1957 — Feb. 2, 2014
Kay Wallan of Milton-Freewater passed away on Feb. 2, 2014, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla at the age of 56 years.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater. A private interment will be held at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of Kay Wallan to the Diabetes Association in care of the funeral home.
Kay, eldest child of Robert M. and Wentzu Lin Wallan, was born at Junction City, Kan., on Aug. 3, 1957. Her early childhood was spent among military communities in Kansas, Southwest Germany and Virginia. Kay lived on Winesap Road near Milton-Freewater since 1967, after her father retired from the U.S. Army and purchased a farm there. She attended school at Ferndale through the eighth grade. Kay graduated from McLoughlin Union High School in Milton-Freewater in 1975, and went on to earn an associate degree from Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton in 1977.
For many years Kay worked as a quality-control laboratory technician in the local food-processing industry. She began at Birdseye Frozen Foods in Walla Walla and continued under its successors, D&K and then Stokely, until the facility closed. Next she worked in the same capacity for American Fine Foods (and successors Chiquita and Seneca) at their canneries in Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater until those plants also closed. Later Kay worked for Pendleton Grain Growers and Safeway in Milton-Freewater until health problems forced her early retirement.
Kay’s interests included reading and craft work, at which she was highly skilled. She also spent much time helping her father pursue genealogical research. Kay also loved animals, especially cats, and she was famed for her superb caramel popcorn balls, which were always in high demand around the holidays.
Kay was highly capable, as well as loving, generous and thoughtful. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Survivors include her mother, Wentzu Wallan; and a brother, Ray Wallan, both of Milton-Freewater; another brother, Lin Wallen of Renton, Wash. Her father, Robert M. Wallan, preceded her in death.
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