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Ethel Kinsley

May 2, 2014

Ethel Mae (Crawford) Kinsley was born June 6, 1920 in Silva, North Dakota to Anna (Chervenka) and George Crawford. She died April 6, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. She is survived by her husband Fred Kinsley; children Judy Donaldson (Roy), Tod Kinsley (Jenny), Kay Kinsley (Greg Stiff); five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and siblings Mildred Olson and Harlan Crawford. Preceding her in death were her parents, brothers Ellis, Ray, Fred, Charles, and Gordon, and sister Edith Lysne.

Ethel graduated from high school in Silva, where she was class valedictorian. At age 18 she moved to Salem, Oregon with her family. Ethel and Fred married on June 14, 1942 at Camp Roberts near San Francisco, after Fred enlisted in the U.S. Army. They raised their family in Salem, Newport, and Portland. They retired to their home in Tigard and enjoyed over 71 years of marriage.

Ethel worked as a librarian at Multnomah Grade School and at Jackson and Wilson High Schools in Portland. She was a longtime member of Oregon Extension Family Community Education and a leader in her children’s PTA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Camp Fire Girls groups. A gifted cook and baker, she specialized in wedding cakes. As a gardener, she won awards for her flower arrangements. She also was a beautician and seamstress. She loved to travel, and she took several trips to Europe.

Ethel was buried at City View Cemetery in Salem.

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