April 9, 1901-Feb. 25, 2003

MILTON-FREEWATER - Mary E. Kentch, 101, of Milton-Freewater, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at Regency at the Park in College Place.

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater with concluding service and interment at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery.

Mrs. Kentch was born April 9, 1901, at Milton to Harry and May Demaris Huber. She grew up at Milton and attended local schools, graduating from McLoughlin Union High School.

After high school she attended Columbia College at Milton-Freewater where she earned a degree in accounting and bookkeeping then worked for L.G. Lamb for a time.

On Feb. 16, 1921, she married Orval Kentch at Pendleton. She raised her family and later went to work at Umatilla Canning Company where she was employed for 17 years as an accountant. Mrs. Kentch worked as an accountant for a total of 23 years.

She and her husband owned and operated an apple farm for 50 years and Mrs. Kentch served on the Forks School District 67 board for 18 years.

At the age of 71 she began playing golf. She was a member of the Memorial Golf Club and the Milton-Freewater Golf Club ladies division. Mrs. Kentch was the Milton-Freewater club champion in 1988, nine-hole runner-up in 1983 at Walla Walla and the McSherry Club Champion in 1985. She also enjoyed reading and oil painting.

Mr. Kentch died Feb. 23, 1993.

Survivors include sons, Bill Kentch and Bob Kentch, both of Touchet, Wash., daughters, Marilyn Tucholke of Milton-Freewater, and Pauline Hardy of Anacortes, Wash., a sister Leota Roberts of Anacortes; 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Cheri Phillips; a niece, Marlene Huber; a grandson, David Kentch, brothers Buck Huber, Leon Huber, Gilbert Huber and James Huber; and sisters, Mildred Kelly, Inez McKern and Irme Stone.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Baseball.

Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home of Milton-Freewater is in charge of arrangements.

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