MaryEllen Kimmel, 82, of Seaside, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, of heart failure, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.

She was born Jan. 10, 1927, in Cedar Rapids, Neb., to Walter G. and Aletha Marjorie (Scriven) Rieck. She was raised in Nebraska and graduated from Belgrade High School in 1945. She taught school for two years before moving to Carmichael, Calif.

In 1950, she married Glenn R. Kimmel. They were married for 45 years and divorced in 1995.

Mrs. Kimmel worked for the phone company in Sacramento, Calif., for a few years. She was a cook for the San Juan School District in Carmichael, Calif. In 1995, she moved to Milwaukie for four years. In 1999, she moved to Warrenton, then to Seaside.

She was a 4-H leader and involved in 4-H for more than 20 years.

Family members said her hobbies included painting, gardening, photography, going to garage sales, genealogy and antique shopping. She also enjoyed writing in her diary every day.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, James Kimmel of Las Vegas and Leo and Tina Kimmel of Astoria; two daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte and Steve Button of Woodland, Wash., and Rebecca and Darrell Coursey of Warrenton; 15 grandchildren, Anna Britton of Warrenton, Mary Kimmel of Portland, Joe Kimmel of Iraq, April Kimmel of Eugene, Joanna Kimmel, Jessica Morgan and Jeremy Gleason, all of Astoria, Summer Burton of Woodland, Weston Burton of Nevada City, Calif., Ross Burton of Longview, Wash., Paul Burton of Soda Springs, Calif., Rosemary Goosey of Vancouver, Wash., Krystal Christiaens of Sparks, Nev., and David and Heather Kimmel of Dallas, Texas; three sisters, Margaret Henson of Lincoln, Calif., Joan Hill of La Grande and Judith Rieck of Sacramento; two brothers, Donald Rieck of Joseph and Kenneth Rieck of Astoria; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, followed by a funeral at 2 p.m.

A graveside service and vault interment will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Memory Care/ Alzheimer's Facility at Necanicum Village Assisted Living, in care of Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave., Astoria, OR 97103.

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