Mary Dale Kamerrer

May 20, 1919-Jan. 10, 2002

HERMISTON — Mary Dale Kamerrer died Thursday, Jan. 10, at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston at the age of 82.

She was born May 20, 1919, in Moore, Mont., to Alexander and Virginia (Weldon) Seaton. She attended schools in Columbus and Cascade, Mont.; graduating in 1937 as valedictorian.

She worked as a secretary, auditor and court reporter for various corporations and government agencies in Montana; Edmonton, Canada; Chicago; Washington, D.C. and Seattle. During 10 years of employment, she took accelerated classes at the University of Chicago, George Washington University and the University of Washington.

She met and married Kenneth W. Kamerrer in 1948 in Seattle. They moved to Morrow County in 1951 and began wheat farming. They later moved to Hermiston where they raised their family.

She worked for Campfire Girls and later was employed by the Tri-City Herald in its Hermiston Bureau Office for 15 years until retirement. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Her hobbies included sewing, quilting, piano, oil painting and bridge. She was a member of Chapter C.V., PEO and the Bloomer Girls Garden Club. She was also a member of the National Pen Women, Washingon, D.C.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; daughters, Catherine Starkey of Richland, Wash., and Karen A. Kemp of Sacramento, Calif.; son, W. Dale Kamerrer of Olympia, Wash.; three granddaughters; two grandsons; and sisters, Jean McMahon of San Jose, Calif., and Virginia Carol Ridolfo of Indianopolis, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and three brothers.

At her request, cremation will be followed by burial at the Hermiston Cemetery. A memorial service was held Monday, Jan. 14, at the First United Methodist Church in Hermiston.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church’s building fund and Chapter CV, PEO.

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