Kathleen Marie Molyneux
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July 8, 1939 ˜ February 4, 2020

Kathleen Marie (Ellertson) Molyneux, 80, of Vancouver, WA, passed away on February 4, 2020 at the Ray Hickey Hospice House, after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was born in Vancouver, Washington on July 8, 1939 to Homer and Marie Ellertson. Kathleen grew up in the Salmon Creek area, where she befriended many other Salmon Creek kids who became her life-long friends. She enjoyed camping trips with this group and they continue to have annual reunions. Kathleen graduated from Vancouver High School in 1957.
She married Lawrence Molyneux in 1959 and they went on to have three sons.
Kathleen’s love for children was evident throughout her life. She was a dedicated volunteer for Vancouver Public Schools and, as her sons got older, she began work at Felida Elementary School. She started her career in 1978 and retired 18 years later. The children of Felida Elementary School always held a special place in her heart.
Kathleen was a founding member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Trinity was Kathleen’s church home for her entire life and the source of many of her dearest friendships.
Kathleen is survived by her husband of 61 years, Lawrence; sons, Keith (Jonette) Molyneux, Kirk (Jill) Wait-Molyneux, and Chris (Chelinda) Molyneux; grandchildren, Kylie, Cameron, Jared, Colby, Katie, Sarah, Grayson, Eryk, and Evyn; great-grandchildren, Marley, Cedella, Ruby, and Reese; brothers, Ken Ellertson, Don Ellertson, and Rodney Ellertson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Michelle Molyneux.
A memorial service for Kathleen will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 W 39th Street, Vancouver, WA.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church Facilities Fund or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org/donatetoday).
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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 9, 2020.
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February 20, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Molyneux family. I knew Kathy only through her husband Larry. She was a delight and always had a smile in her face. I am very sorry for you loss.
Kathleen Spring
February 15, 2020
I worked with Kathy at Felida Elementary and one year with actually shared a Special Ed. Room. She alway, always came in with a smile and a cheery disposition. That made that year a joy. She continue to brighten our days, there after with her wonderful smile.
Joanie Whitesides
February 14, 2020
I KNOW how she will be missed. Loved by so many. My long time friend from Salmon Creek Grade School, I shall never forget all we shared.
February 14, 2020
Our love and sympathy to the Molyneux and Ellertson families. Kathy always had a smile for everyone. Such a sweetheart. She will be missed. May our Lord surround you with His love and comfort.
Nancy & Dale Giles
February 12, 2020
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February 11, 2020
You will always have a special place in my heart Aunt Kathleen!
Jan Marie
February 11, 2020
My sincere sympathy to the Molyneux family with the passing of their Kathy. We were early members of Trinity together & our Esther Circle friendship as young wives & mothers was priceless. Kathy was the epitome of nurturing and good and my thoughts are with her grieving family.
Karen Dickenson
Karen Dickenson
February 10, 2020
I wish to express my sympathy to the Molyneux family on the passing of Kathy. I was privileged to have been one of her physicians. I always found her to be warm and friendly. I especially enjoyed her wit and sense of humor.
Cyril Dodge
February 9, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Kathy's family & friends. Our children were fortunate enough to be in Kathy's care @ Felida plus I volunteered while Kathy was working there, she was always a pleasure to work with. Our thoughts and prayers...
Darla Warner
February 7, 2020
Just wishing the family my condolences at the passing of Kathy--we went to grade school and all of the other schools ---she will be missed! Nanci Primley-Stenshoel
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