Marian Opal Smolarek

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1932 ~ 2017

Marian Opal (Huddleston) Smolarek, 84, of Camas, WA, died Thurs., Feb. 16, 2017. She was born to Leo "Mike" Huddleston and Stella (Haag) Huddleston, starting her life in Vetal, SD in October 1932. During the Depression, her family moved west, eventually locating in Camas where she attended Camas High School.
Marian worked for Weyerhauser/TetraPak for 25 years as an inspector, retiring in 1991.
She enjoyed ceramics and was a gifted oil painter. She loved RVing, family camp outs, golfing, and ski trips to Anthony Lakes.
Marian is survived by her children: Diana James, Sandra (Dan) Laintz, Terry (Linda) Oxley, Richard J. (Candi) Smolarek, Jacqueline (Edward) Buma, Shelly Smolarek, and Debra Smolarek; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Shirley Snow; and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard R. Smolerk; parents; and brother, Martin "Bud" Huddleston.
Funeral services were Feb. 23, 2017.
Donations can be made in Marian's name to The Arc of Clark County,
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Camas, WA 98607
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 12, 2017