Karen Mallorie, 64, passed peacefully at Santiam Hospital in Stayton, Oregon in the early morning of Jan. 20, 2023, from complications of a fall in her home.
She was born Sept. 18, 1958, in Conneaut, Ohio to George and Sally Mallorie, where she lived the first four years of her life on their family dairy farm, then moving west to Silverton, Oregon with her father and younger sister.
Her first hourly job came to her at the age of 12, when she was hired on for the summer to work at Mallorie’s Dairy in their processing plant on the bottle cleaning machine. Karen went on to work many other summer jobs for the local farmers as she marked each passing school year.
She was a gifted fast-pitch pitcher, playing for the Silverton Elks team for several summers, helping her team bring home a state trophy. She enjoyed and excelled in volleyball and basketball in her high school years.
Karen worked in hospitality, starting at Chalet Pancake House as a cook, then manager. She then went to work at Roth’s Friendly Foodliner as a deli manager, moving around to many of their store locations for many, many years.
Karen moved back to the family farm in Lake Labish area in 1999, to live and take care of her father. Upon his death in 2008, she continued to live at the farm with her dogs, up to six months prior to her death, then moving to Sublimity.
Karen is survived by her sister, Judy (Larry) Stadeli of Rochester, Washington and nine nieces and nephews.
A service was held Jan. 28 at Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton with burial at Belle Passi Cemetery in Woodburn.