Marie Carol Kowalski, 85, of Huntington, Oregon passed peacefully at the home of her granddaughter in Haines, Oregon, surrounded by family who loved her dearly on Saturday, October 24, 2020.
Marie was born on March 24, 1935 in Hitchcock, South Dakota, to Eric Anderson and Elsie Anderson, nee Nammany.
She married Joe Kowalski in San Diego December 17, 1951, while he was stationed in the Navy. They raised four children on a farm in Boring Oregon, where she became a 4H Horse Club leader and member of the Elk’s Lodge. They retired to Huntington, Oregon and summered in nearby Durkee, where they operated a small gold mine. Their growing extended family and friends often visited them in both places to enjoy time together fishing, hunting, and enjoying Marie’s cooking including her “Famous Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes". Marie and Joe were married for 64 years, until he predeceased her in 2016.
Marie will be remembered for her habit of quickly befriending everyone, her luck at card games and gambling, her pride in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her love of animals including horses and pet dogs especially Peanuts, Dingo, and Uggie.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers and a grandson. Marie is survived by: her children Kim Kowalski, Debbie Kowalski, Kelly Kowalski, and Denise Lein; 12 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; five brothers and three sisters; and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Marie's family later this year. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Huntington Ambulance through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. Online condolences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com