After a short battle with cancer, Kay Frances (Carlson) Wollen died on Feb. 14, 2020, in Elma, Washington, at the age of 75. She leaves behind her husband, Garry Wollen; her sons, Ted, Todd, and Tarry.
Kay was born on June 9, 1944 in Centralia, Washington, to father, Theodore Carlson, and mother Pauline Carlson, who predeceased her. She grew up in a loving family with two sisters in Oakville, Washington. After graduating from Oakville High School, she went on to beauty school and ran a salon out of her home for 32 years. Kay married classmate, Garry Wollen, on Nov. 9, 1964. Shortly after graduation, they relocated to Elma, Washington. There, the couple lived and raised their three children.
Kay was a charismatic person who loved life, enjoyed being around family and friends, and happily volunteered her time at the Elma Eagles Auxiliary, preparing food for various events such as bingo and funerals. Kay loved to garden. She spent every summer in her garden and tomato house collecting vegetables to can jars of homemade salsas, sauces, pickled vegetables and fruits for jams and spreads. Kay brought sunshine and humor to everyone she encountered and her light will shine forever bright.
Kay is survived by her husband and children, as well as her sisters, Kathy Edenstrom and Ingrid Hohlfelder; her great-aunt Charlotte Boulden; her two grandchildren, Trevor Wollen and Regan Wollen; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Kay requested to be cremated. Her ashes will be interred at the family plot in the Masonic Cemetery. A memorial will take place at the Elma Eagles Auxiliary, 404 W. Young St., at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 9. All are welcome to attend. The family would especially like to thank Harbor Hospice for their constant, attentive treatment; and Kay’s many friends and family that came and visited with her the last few weeks of her life. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Eagles Funeral Fund, PO Box 519, Elma, WA 98541.