Marie Earla McKay
Marie Earla McKay
  • October 23, 1939 - May 25, 2016
  • Creston, Washington

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 mother, grandmother and wife relocated to Heaven while being treated at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Washington. If all is right, she's riding a white horse across a green field, on a hard run right now with the wind blowing through her hair and a big old grin is finally on her face again. Earla was born October 23, 1939 in Sacred Heart Hospital to Earl and Yjordis (Barstaadt) Smith. As an only child, she traveled with her father throughout Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon. She lost her father at the age of eleven. She adored her father- he was gone but never forgotten. Earla graduated from North Central High School in 1957 and in 1958 she was Lilac Royalty. One highlight of her life was being invited in 1963 to Los Angeles, California as employee of the Spokane Indian Farm Club Baseball Team. The year the L.A. Dodgers won the World Series. She dined and danced with the ballplayers including Sandy Kolfax, Don Drysdale, and Johnny Podres. They all signed a baseball and gave it to her as a gift. In 1967, Earla, the city girl, gave up the city ways and married a country boy. Yes, she was a city girl that came to Ron in the country. He provided the landscape, she provided the climate. Earla and Ron raised two children, Jared and Raquel. She loved her family and supported them in local activities. Earla also loved to travel; at one time or another she visited nine different countries in Europe, also Canada and Mexico. Earla served thirteen years as Creston School Director, ten of which as Legislative Representative in Olympia. Earla was also a member and associate of Sisters of Holy Names for past 24 years. She volunteered at Sacred Heart Medical Center for 15 years, twelve years as Eucharistic Minister, a lay person who assists the priest in administering the sacraments of Holy Communion the consecrated bread and wine. Also takes the sacraments to those who are ill, or otherwise unable to attend mass, three days a week at Sacred Heart Medical Center. Earla had it both ways, she loved the city and lived and loved the country. It is with sadness we say goodbye to Earla. Our loss is Heaven's gain. A private family gathering was held on Sunday, May 29, 2016 to celebrate her life. Please visit to sign the online guestbook. Strate Funeral home of Davenport, Washington is caring for the family.