Mary Kay C. Landis

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St John's Catholic Church
8701 NE 119th St
Vancouver, WA 98662

November 12, 1940 ~ January 26, 2018

Mary Kay C. Landis, 77, of Vancouver, WA, passed away Jan. 26, 2018. She enjoyed a close relationship with her 4 siblings. Mary Kay graduated from Providence Academy in 1958 with her lifelong friends, Sally Reudink and Loraine Vierck.
While working at Clark County Juvenile Hall and raising her children, she graduated from U of P with a degree in Social Work.
Mary Kay worked for Oregon State Child Protective Services for 20 years, first as a caseworker and later as a supervisor.
After retiring, she followed her lifelong dream of entering the Peace Corps at age 66! She spent 2.5 years in Burkina Faso, Africa performing her duties in the health ministry and going beyond the call of duty impacting the lives of so many people in her "village" by providing individuals and groups with most appreciated items of need such as clothes, paper/pencils and multiple soccer balls and shoes for kids who would play barefoot otherwise.
Upon her return from Peace Corps, Mary Kay continued "giving" by volunteering as an Ombudsman to help elderly and disabled in long term care facilities assuring their needs and rights were upheld. She continued this work up to December of 2017 when sadly, she was diagnosed with a serious brain tumor which quickly diminished her ability to continue that important work.
Mary Kay loved her family, coffee, beer, sewing, camping and socializing with everyone (not necessarily in that order)!
Words Mary Kay lived by: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." (President Kennedy)
Mary Kay is survived by her six children: Christopher (Shelley) Landis, Angela (Cliff) Hayes, Lance (Tammy) Landis, Heather Landis, Shawn (Jodi) Landis and Kara (Jeriod) Klovas; 12 lovely grandchildren; a brother, Wayne (Patti) Mayer; and two sisters, Connie (Michael) Alward and Gloria Nunes.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy and Max Mayer; and brother, Stan Mayer.
A memorial service will be held Sat., April 7, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at St. Johns Church, 8701 NE 119th St.,, Vancouver, WA 98662, reception to follow at 10713 NE 117 Ave., Vancouver, WA 98682.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Clark College Foundation in her name for scholarships or the American Brain Tumor Association (
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 28, 2018
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