Audrey Munk


Audrey Munk was born October 23, 1921, near Castle Rock, Washington to Katherine (Brown) Bagge and Erland Robert Bagge. She died December 23, 2012, in Seattle. Audrey took the surname of her beloved aunt Bessie Schumann in 1939.

She met Merrill Pell Munk, a soldier stationed at Fort Lewis, at the Trianon Ballroom in Seattle. They were married in Vancouver, Washington on September 18, 1945. They lived in New York City and Portland, Oregon before moving to the Lexington area of Kelso in 1949. They moved to Aberdeen, Washington in 1962, then returned to Lexington in 1984.

She graduated from Kelso High School in 1938 and attended Lower Columbia College. She worked as a secretary at Doernbecher Manufacturing Co. in Portland until her first child was born. Later she worked in the accounting offices at the Ocean Shores Inn and at Lamb Grays Harbor in Hoquiam until retirement.

Audrey loved to dance. She and Merrill were members of the R-Square-D square dancing group and the Harlequin Dance Club in Longview and the Harbor Haylofters in Hoquiam. Audrey became a competitive ballroom dancer and won awards at national events. She was also known for her prowess in Scrabble; being the family photographer and creating holiday photo collages; her extensive flower and vegetable gardens; her blueberry acreage; and her devotion to healthy eating.

Audrey was preceded in death by her parents; her aunt, Bessie (Brown) Schumann; brother, Steven Monroe Erland; cousin, Viola (Schumann) Van Auken; sister-in-law, Leona (Munk) Sharples; nephew, Alan Sharples; and her husband, Merrill P. Munk who died September 26, 2002.

Survivors include her children, Nancy Munk Christie, Alan Munk (Ann Teplick), Mary Munk Campbell, and Betsy Munk; grandchildren, Carole Gibbs Astley (Greg), Bonnie Gibbs, Nina Munk, Woody Munk, Megan Campbell Kelly (William), Ryan Campbell, and Molly Campbell; great-grandchildren, Catherine Kelly, Cordelia Kelly, Mason Astley, Matthew Astley, and Connor Astley; nieces and nephews, Rhonda Erland, Steve Erland, Shelley Erland, and Gary Sharples; several grandnieces and grandnephews; and many friends.

At her request, no service will be held. The family requests no flowers. Arrangements by People’s Memorial Funeral Cooperative, Seattle. Donations in memory of Audrey Munk may be sent to Landowners and Citizens for a Safe Community (LCSC), PO Box 2484, Longview, WA 98632.