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Kathryn Karlen Creel

Kay Creel, a longtime resident of Longview, passed away peacefully Jan. 6, 2018, surrounded by family in Portland. She was 84.

Kay was born in Elma, Wash., to Arthur and Frances (Wyrick) Karlen. She grew up primarily in Southwest Washington, attending R.A. Long High School, where she excelled. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in French at the University of Washington.

Upon graduation, Kay joined her parents in Coos Bay, Ore., where she taught elementary school. There, she met David V. Creel, an Air Force captain. The two married in June of 1960. Not long after marrying, the couple settled in Longview.

Kay was an active member of the PEO. She enjoyed golfing at the Longview Country Club and playing bridge with her wide circle of friends. She and Dave were avid travelers, both in the continental US and abroad. They fondly recalled trips to France and England, and especially relished a cruise to Panama with Dave’s beloved sisters, Harriet Creel Carraway and Claire Creel McKenzie and their respective husbands, James “Jim” and Charles. They delighted in antique collecting, gourmet cooking, and entertaining.

Kay is survived by her nieces, Alice Peters Diffely and Mary Peters Rodeback; a great-niece, Celia Diffely; and a great-nephew, Stuart Diffely. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her sister, Marilyn “Mickey” (Karlen) Hallett.

She was a loving and devoted wife, aunt, sister, daughter, and friend, and her sweet, playful presence will be missed by all who knew her.

The family wishes to thank the staffs of Regency Park Senior Living, Canterbury Inn, and Providence St. Vincent’s Hospital for their compassionate care of Kay. They also wish to thank Paul R. Roesch Jr., Michael L. Bartlett, MD, and neighbors Kristine and Douglas Campbell for their enduring generosity, kindness and support.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate remembrances of Kay in the form of donations to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation or the PEO Star Scholarship Fund.

Private interment will take place at Cowlitz View Memorial Gardens, with arrangements by Dahl-McVicker Funeral Home.

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