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Kay Young Engel

Kay Young Engel passed away peacefully the evening of March 14, 2011 at her home in Tumwater, WA. Kay was born Kathryn Ruth Young on November 30, 1923 in Des Moines, IA to Everett Lewis (Lewie) Young and Ruth Rachel MacRae Young.
Kay attended Cotty College in Nevada, MO and, in 1944 she enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Kay graduated from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, CA earning her B.A. and Master's degree. She taught school in Iowa and California.
In 1952 Kay married Richard (Dick) Engel and they had 3 children, Richard, Rob and Ruthie. Kay and Dick later divorced. She retired in 1977 and moved to Colorado to operate her own business until 1981 when she moved to Washington State.
Kay was an inspiration to many and she loved her life and those in it. Her smile was welcoming and incandescent.
Kay was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother-inlaw, Richard (Dick) Coolidge. She is survived by her sister, Blanchie Coolidge, Overland Park., KS; her children, Richard (Cindy) Engel, Chehalis, WA, Rob Engel, Huntington Beach, CA. and Ruthie (Gary) Holt, Chehalis, WA. Kay is also survived by 9 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A celebration of Kay's life will be held on Saturday April 2, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 2300 East End St NW, Olympia. A potluck reception will immediately follow. The family is requesting donations be sent in Kay's memory to Out of the Woods Shelter, OUUC, 2300 East End St NW, Olympia, WA 98502 or to the charity or cause of your choice. Please be sure to wear your brightest colors and come join us as we join together to share memories and marvel at the legacy of this amazing woman.
Published in The Olympian on Mar. 27, 2011
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