Marlys Elaine Krein

Marlys Elaine Krein

Tuesday, December 22nd, 1931 - Saturday, October 12th, 2019
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Marlys Krein, was born in Gackle, North Dakota on December 22, 1931 and passed away October 12, 2019 at the age of 87 at her home in The Dalles. Her parents were Raymond and Martha (Fode) Morrison and she was the 7th of 8 children.

She married Arthur Krein on February 14, 1948 in Gackle at the Presbyterian Church and moved to The Dalles in May of 1950. They first lived on the Kortge Ranch before purchasing their present house, in town, during the fall of 1950.

Marlys worked at J.C. Penney’s for 17 years in the shoe department and after retiring, she was often approached by people that recognized her as the “Shoe Lady”. She was involved American Legion’s Auxiliary Unit #19 and during a 26-year stretch served as the Auxiliary President and also held the offices of Secretary and Treasure. She was Chairperson of the Girls State program, Chairperson of the Poppies for Veterans program and was a Life Member of Legion Auxiliary. For many years Marlys was active in the OSU Extension program and served as Chairman of the Wasco County 7 Mile unit and received special recognition for her involvement.

She volunteered at the Red Cross Blood Bank Canteen for 62 years and took tickets at the Hustler baseball games, High school baseball games and Babe Ruth tournaments for many years. In addition, she delivered Meals on Wheels, was a member of the Senior Center Board, served as Chairman of the New to U shop and called Bingo. She volunteered at Evergreen Nursing Home for about 20 years, calling Bingo on Thursday afternoons. Marlys also volunteered at the Warming Place and at her church. In 2011 Marlys was honored by the Chamber of Commerce as the “Outstanding Volunteer of The Dalles”.

Her house on West 16th Street was decorated for every holiday season with a special emphasis on Christmas for many years. She had a green thumb and always kept a flower garden, with an emphasis on roses, a produce garden and various fruits and berries. Marlys maintain a vast array of yard ornaments and “gremlins” throughout. She loved decorating with solar lights and her yard always “lit up” after dark.

Marlys was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Art Krein; all of her siblings except one; son Don Krein; and daughter Judi Woodward.

She is survived by her brother Franklin Morrison (Kathy); her son Robert Krein (Joy); daughter Karen Krein; son of the heart Kip Jansen; grandchildren, Bob Krein, Jenny Krein (Keith Offel), Loren Woodward, Tanya Kiepke (Paul), Martha Narayanan (Narasim), Karnie Krein, Justin Jansen (Tasha); and 6 great-grandchildren.

Services to celebrate Marlys’s life and mourn her passing are as follows;

Viewing & Visitation
9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 1st, 2019 at Anderson’s Tribute Center • Celilo Chapel (204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058).

Graveside Committal
11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 at The Dalles I.O.O.F Three Mile Cemetery.

Memorial Service & Reception
2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 at Gateway Church 1111 Dry Hollow Rd, The Dalles, OR 97058.

Donations can be made to Hustler Baseball (PO Box 1397, The Dalles, OR, 97058) or to Meals on Wheels (1112 W. 9th St., The Dalles, OR, 97058).

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center • Celilo Chapel (204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058).

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  • Visitation

    Friday, November 1st, 2019 | 9:00am - 7:00pm
    Friday, November 1st, 2019 9:00am - 7:00pm
    Anderson's Tribute Center - Celilo Chapel
    204 E. 4th Street
    THE DALLES, OR 97058
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 2:00pm
    Gateway Presbyterian Church
    1111 Dry Hollow Road
    THE DALLES, OR 9758
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  • Interment

    Three Mile Cemetery
    2664 3 Mile Road
    THE DALLES, OR 97058
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    Graveside Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • Reception

    Gateway Presbyterian Church
    1111 Dry Hollow Road
    THE DALLES, OR 9758
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Michael Holloran

Posted at 12:46am
Marlys was one of my favorite people ever; as a landlord to my co-worker, a great neighbor and an amazing volunteer. I always looked forward to seeing Marlys when donating blood; having her take my arm and walk me to the cantina (Donuts and snacks that she often purchased herself) was always the highlight. She was always so encouraging and full of hugs; a Godly woman whom I’m convinced prayed for me and other law enforcement officers on a regular basis. I will never forget you Marlys and I look forward to another hug when you introduce me to Jesus.

April Collier

Posted at 02:43pm
I only met Marlys a couple of times but I know she had to be a great person because I could see the goodness in her daughter, Karen. I am so very sorry for your loss and I will be praying for comfort for the family.


Posted at 03:26pm
Our family has known Marlys and her family since I was a baby (I'm 63 now), I recently read she attended my husbands baby shower and he is 65. My 1st memories of her is when both of our families attended First Christian church for many years. Our house burned down when I was only 2-3 she took in our whole family until we got settled somewhere else. My teddy bear was lost in the fire-she gave me a new one which I still have today. We would have Sunday suppers together and all us kids played tag in the yard. Her husband Art and my dad would play their "squeeze boxes' together. Marlys was a wonderful homemaker and made the best fudge and divinity I still make her fudge recipe at Christmas. She was a wonderful person who volunteered and gave so much for our community. Her birthday and my Mom's were only 3 weeks apart, I would see her birthday on my Mom's calendar every Dec 22. Thank You Marlys for being such a great person, I will miss our visits in Fred Meyer. Hugs to Bob,Karen ,& family.

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Bonnie S Seela

Posted at 02:08am
Hello to the Family of Marlys.. not sure if you remember me, I am Bonnie Sue Luebbers, now Seela. I remember your Mom and all of you. We have videos of your Mom and Dad doing the polka I believe at the legion. My Mom passed last Nov. 1st. She would talk about Marlys quite often. Karen, I am thinking you are 59ish. Mom had told your Mom that she was expecting over coffee....your Mom replied " your not the only one... " she was expecting you. We would have a garden up by your house in the Dalles as we did not have room by our house...
and yes, I remember going to see your Mom to get new shoes. Praying for you and your is hard, hopefully your heart is full of wonderful has been a hard year for us...our Mom, Donna has been gone for almost a year now...seems like just a couple weeks ago. I may have some photos I have moms pictures...Dad (Bill) passed in 2011.

Carri Ramsey Smith Posted at 01:42pm

Marlys was a part of my life since I was born! She watched over me at the First Christian Church nursery when I was only 2 weeks old! I worked with her at JCP, saw her at the baseball games and visited with her extensively at Red Cross blood drives. She lived right over the hill from me and I would see her out walking or working in her yard. Over the years we laughed, hugged and caught up at Fred Meyer dozens of times. She was a character, always so positive, caring and generous. I will miss her beyond belief.and send my deepest sadness to her family. Our community has truly lost a gem of a lady. We need more people like her! Sympathies to all......Carri Ramsey Smith

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