OLYMPIA — Former area resident Martha C. “Marcie” Kauttu, 103, died May 1, 2011 in Olympia. 

One of nine children born to Eleil and Hilda (Rantalla) Ahola, she was born Oct. 23, 1907, in Brush Prairie. She grew up in nearby Hockinson, which was then a community of rich Finnish heritage which was her family ancestry. 

She married Daniel Kauttu and the couple resided in several communities in southwest Washington. He was a logger and mechanic; she a wife, mother and homemaker. They settled in Naselle and later Ilwaco. Strong of Christian faith, she was a member of the Naselle Assembly of God Church, where she was active in evangelistic ministries among other activities.

Mrs. Kauttu was blessed with a rich full life. Her family wishes to express their appreciation to her caregivers, Gloria and Susan, for the care provide during the prolonged downward slide. Their care was given selflessly and was a source of great comfort to the very end and she and Susan sang hymns together, long into the last night.

Survivors include her son, Paul (Gloria) Kauttu of Lakewood; a sister, Elsie Phillips; grandchildren, Susan (Chuck) Cloyd, Jeff Kauttu, Leslie (Wayne) Lepin, Debbie (Robert) Jump and Dan Jacobson; great-grandchildren, Rebecca, Matthew, Zoe, Eleni, Dawn, Lori, Jake, Brad, Nathan and Jessie; numerous great-great- grandchildren and other members of her extended family. Her husband, Dan, and her siblings preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21, at the Naselle Assembly of God Church, which she considered home. A reception follows. Graveside rites and burial next to her husband have been held at Ilwaco Cemetery. Her guest book is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.

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