Edith Bales

Edith Bales

KLIPSAN — Edith Marie Bales passed away on July 22, 2013, exactly one month to the day after her 94th birthday, at her residence in Klipsan Beach. She was born to Frank and Hazel Martin in Grand Mound on June 22, 1919, the third of five children. She moved with her family to the Long Beach Peninsula in 1921. She attended Irene Tinker’s first grade in Long Beach. When she was in second grade her future husband, Wally Bales was in eighth grade. She recounts that her early impressions of him were not favorable. When she was a sophomore in high school she went to the dances in the Redman Hall where everyone always participated in the Circle Two Step dance. This started with a circle of boys and a circle of girls marching in opposite directions. Edith’s Uncle Bill Martin blew the whistle to signal the circles to stop and meet their partner. He always managed to pair up Wally and Edith. After a few dates, Wally proposed, and that was the start of a marriage that lasted 59 years ending with his death in 1995.

There were a variety of activities in which Edith participated during her many years on the Peninsula. She was the PTA president and was a den mother for Cub Scouts along with her brother-in-law, Elmer Bales. She also started Little League with Eddie Bittner. Later she had a daycare in her home, but her real love and talent was in crafts. She completed hundreds of tole paintings as well as beautiful candles and ceramics. She also started an altering and dressmaking business in her home. She conducted many adult education classes using these interests and the skills she developed.

Edith is survived by four children and their spouses: Frank and Ingrid Bales of Long Beach and Yuma, Ariz., Bob and Judy Bales of Emmett, Idaho and Yuma, Ariz., Don and Louise Bales of Lebam and Neva and Mel Mayer of Yelm; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, Willy Bales, one grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Monday, July 29, at 11 a.m., at Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church in Seaview where she was a member. A reception follows. Concluding graveside rites will be at Ilwaco Cemetery. The casket will be open on Friday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at Penttila’s Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach. Memorials are encouraged to either Pacific County Fire District No. 1 or Harbors Home Health and Hospice in care of Penttila’s Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.

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