Mary Theresa Kling, an Elma resident of 50 years, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at her home in Elma, Wash.
Mary was born in Kelso, Wash., on July 18, 1935, to Elmer and Marquerite (Blais) Wilder. She graduated from Port Angeles High School in 1953 and married James Edward Kling on April 7, 1956. She earned a degree from California State Polytechnic University in Floral Design and Business in 1959. Mary owned and managed a flower shop in McCleary from 1975-1979, and a small cafe in Elma in the early 1970’s. Mary worked for many businesses throughout her lifetime including the Beechwood Nursing Home in Elma, Elma Variety Store, Fred Meyer, Elma Garden Center and Elma Subway.
Mary donated her time and skills in service to the public as the 4-H Fair Food Booth manager, Grays Harbor Fair Floral Superintendent, and cook for 4-H Camp at Panhandle Lake. She spent many years as a volunteer maintaining the flowers for the Grays Harbor County Fair and in 1999, the fair was dedicated in her honor. She had also been involved with the Elma PTA and as a 4-H Leader, and was an avid gardener, porcelain doll maker and seamstress.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Jim who passed away in 1996; and four siblings, Charlotte Wilson, David Wilder, Peggy Essman, and Fern Cahill. She is survived by her five children, Katrina Young (Hal Carlstad) of Elma, Edward Kling of Concrete, Wash., Timothy Kling of Carmichael, Calif., Evalynn Barrett (Chris) of Snohomish, Wash., and Jason Kling (Lauma Fey) of Wiesbaden, Germany; a sister, Susan Wilder of Sequim; and by four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at the Church of God on 317 E. Spruce Street in Montesano, Washington. Memorials may be made to the Autism Society of Washington, the Alzheimer’s Association, or the American Diabetes Association. Please take time to record your memories at www.whitesidefamilymortuaries.com.