Katie Elizabeth Wallace

Dec. 3, 1921-Nov. 6, 2002

UMATILLA — Katie Elizabeth Wallace, 80, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, at her home in Umatilla.

Katie was born Dec. 3, 1921, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to Willie and Ella Mae Bunyard Gast. She grew up in the deep south and was known for her hospitality and exceptional cooking — just ask anyone who tasted her biscuits.

She married Milford "Shorty" Wallace, a sailor, on the day Pearl Harbor was bombed in Pensacola, Fla. She folloed him for the next 20 years until they retired from the Navy. Along the way they had three children, Patricia Ann, Barbara Jean and Michael Vernon.

After retirement, they settled in Umatilla where Katie went to work as a cook in the grade school. She loved working around children and forged lifelong friendships.

Katie loved vegetable and flower gardening. She was very creative. She and a group of friends met weekly for the past 23 years to craft. She produced beautiful and useful things of plastic, canvas or beads ... all of which she gave away.

But mostly, Katie loved her children, and they loved her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Milford, in 1985; parents; two brothers; one sister and two grandchildren.

Katie is survived by her children and their spouses, Pat and Joe Hohstadt of Union, Barbara and Al Morehouse of Boise, Idaho, and Mike and Rebecca Wallace of Umatilla; grandchildren, Mitchel and James Hohstadt, Brian Hohstadt, Bill Runyon, Lisa and Chad Allbrett, and Trisha and James Hammond; and cherished friends, Bernice Kurz, Elvy Eisele, Pat Hagendorn and Alice Stark.

A graveside funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Sunset Hills Cemetery in Umatilla. Memorials may be made to the Vange John Memorial Hospice or the Umatilla Baptist Church.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston was in charge of the arrangements.

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