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Kay Mallory Apley

October 26, 1922 - May 16, 2014

Kay was born in Missoula, Montana to Henry Grant Mallory and Gladys Moore Mallory and raised in her early years by her beloved grandparents, Vina Deavitt Moore and Frank L. Moore, in Moscow, Idaho. She then moved with her family to Oregon in 1931 and lived primarily in Eugene. She graduated from Mills College in 1945. The next year she married Walter J. Apley, Sr. and they lived in Salem until his graduation from Willamette College of Law in 1949. After several years in Milwaukie, they settled permanently in Salem in 1956. Following their divorce in 1967, she raised her family while working as a reporter and columnist for the Statesman-Journal Newspaper, retiring at age 65.

A former member of Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, she had been involved in volunteer work there as well as at Salem Hospital where she especially enjoyed serving in the mother-baby unit. She loved reading and travel, but her greatest joy was in spending time with her children and grandchildren who will miss her loving, generous spirit, indomitable strength and her wisdom.

Three of her children preceded her in death: her son, Walt Apley, Jr. in 2005 at age 56; her daughter, Maureen Smith in 2004 at age 41; and her daughter, Sue Apley in 1975 at age 24. She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Becky Apley in 2012 at age 27 and her two brothers, Jack Mallory and Frank Mallory.

For Kay's 80th birthday, one of her children wrote an essay highlighting 80 things that were special about her; it was an incomplete and easy list to write. She was compassionate, smart, capable, out-spoken, charming and very independent. Her pride and determination for her family was unshakeable and she truly gave us all roots and wings.

She is survived by her daughter, Betsy and son-in-law, Manuele Ballarin, Venice, Italy, 4 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held in Moscow, Idaho with arrangements by Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon Ransom Funeral Directors.
Published in StatesmanJournal on May 25, 2014
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