September 14, 1925 – April 4, 2019
Muriel B. Trautman passed away on April 4 in her home in Sun City West, AZ, at age 93. Prior to moving to Arizona, she had lived in Kelso for 69 years.
Born on Sept. 14, 1925, in Tacoma, Muriel was the only child of Millard and Annie Marie (Johnson) Harvill. She attended Toutle Lake schools, graduating as class co-salutatorian in 1943. She worked in offices at Reynolds Metals until the plant closed during World War II, and then at Sears & Roebuck.
Muriel married Orville Trautman in 1946 in Montesano. They had two children, Linda and Monte. Muriel worked as a lunchroom and playground monitor at Wallace Elementary School, and later as school secretary. She was active in PTA and AOUW, a fraternal organization, holding leadership roles at various levels in both.
Following their retirement, Muriel and Orville spent six months of the year traveling throughout the United States and southern Canada in their RV, visiting family and friends along the way. They spent the winter months in Southern California and Arizona, where there was warmth and sunshine. Travel where they might, they were always home during the Kelso High School football season, where they worked with the Lions Club in the concession stands.
Muriel was seldom idle; she was accomplished in crocheting, embroidery, counted cross stitch and clothing construction. She also enjoyed reading novels. She spent many years doing extensive genealogy work, publishing two books on the Trautman Johnson and Harvill families.
The couple had been married for 65 years at Orville’s death in 2011. A year later, Muriel decided to sell the Kelso home. She moved to Arizona to be closer to Monte and his wife Pepper. When Linda moved to Arizona in 2014, the two shared a home.
Survivors include her daughter Linda Deming, her son Monte and daughter-in-law Pepper, all of Sun City West, AZ; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are Orville’s living siblings, their spouses and children.
A Memorial/Celebration of Life service will be at the Kelso United Methodist Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, May 22, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.