Katherine Kay Kelly, age 62, passed away at her home in Milton-Freewater on October 18, 2012,
from breast cancer. Per Katherine’s request, no funeral service will be
held. A Wake for family and friends will be held at Kelly’s Restaurant
and Lounge on Sunday, November 11, 2012, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Katherine Kelly, the daughter of Carl and Elsie Kelly, grew up on
the North Fork of the Walla Walla River. A life long resident of
Milton-Freewater, she attended local schools and graduated from
McLaughlin Union High School in 1967.
Katherine was an avid horsewoman, enjoyed cutting and
never missed an opportunity to help round up cattle on the family
ranch. Every spring she looked forward to the Kelly branding at
Pine Creek where she helped maintain the family tradition and
camaraderie with other ranchers and riders.
Katherine was also a savvy business woman. She opened
Kelly’s Restaurant and Lounge in 1998 and successfully ran the
business for over 14 years. She was very grounded in her Irish
roots and threw a large St. Patrick’s Day party every year, and
donned her signature black top hat, tails and smiling Irish eyes.
She is survived by her son, Sean and Barbara Roloff of
Milton-Freewater, her daughter, Shannon and Jim Hall of Portland,
Oregon, granddaughter Fiona Katherine Hall, whom she was happy
to meet, her brother, Patrick Kelly of Milton-Freewater, two sisters,
Carlene Cooper of Cheney, Washington, and Beverly and Ted
Morgan of Lakeview, California and numerous nieces, nephews,
cousins and other family members. Katherine is preceded in death
by her parents, Carl and Elsie Kelly and brother Norman Kelly.
The family of Katherine Kelly would like to thank the
community, family and friends for their support, prayers and
thoughts during her illness.
Katherine’s Irish eyes will forever smile within the hearts of
her family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
can be made to the Walla Walla Community
Hospice in care of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral
Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, Oregon
97862. To leave condolences,