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Marlene Rae Gates Gralapp

December 5, 1941November 23, 2015

GRALAPP, Marlene R –

Passed away November 23, 2015, she was born on December 5, 1941 in Dayton, WA to Murlin and Wilma Gates. She grew up in Dayton and graduated from high school in Harrington,WA., and attended college at EWU. She is survived by he four sons Jon (Michelle) Overmyer, Leon (Jinny) Overmyer, Troy Overmyer and Bubba (Aubrey) Gralapp along with eight grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Sisters Debbie, Sheila, Tanya and Norma and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Merle Walters and sister Nancy. She is a member of the Reardan Methodist Church, Honorary chapter farmer Reardan FFA, served on the Reardan Mule day’s committee for many years and was also citizen of the year. Mother advisor for Rainbow girls and taught swim lessons for many years. Marlene worked at the Reardan-Edwall School for 20 years as office secretary, before going to work for the Lincoln County Auditor’s Office where she was the Administrative secretary for the Lincoln County Commissioners before retiring and then going to work at Northern Quest Casino where she was the Administrative secretary for 5 years before retiring. A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Reardan Methodist Church, Reardan, WA with Pastor Larry Anderson, officiating. In Lieu of flowers Marlene would like memorial donations to be made to the Reardan FFA Scholarship fund or to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. STRATE FUNERAL HOME, DAVNPORT, WA is caring for the Gralapp family.


  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, December 2, 2015


Marlene Rae Gates Gralapp

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December 2, 2015

Rest in peace, sweet Lady.

Jerry & Tara Blackford

December 1, 2015

We are going to miss a very sweet and giving woman who had a heart of gold. She was Mama Mar and Grama Mar to our family dating clear back to our grade school years. Wonderful memories we will always hold dear to our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers to you, Jon, Leon, Troy and Bubba and families. Jer, Tara, Emy & Madee

Robynn (Hutsell) Rother

November 30, 2015

I remember Marlene when she taught my swim lesson class at the Davenport Pool. My sympathy to her famil and friends.


November 30, 2015

Rest in peace my friend. Condolences to the family.

November 30, 2015

I will miss my bestes buddy and our long conversations we shared. There will never be another woman who had the biggest heart and always a kind word for others.I LOVE YOU MARLENE TO THE MOON AND BACK....MY PRAYERS WILL CONTINUE FOR THE FAMILY UNTIL TIME CAN EASE THEIR LOSS.WONDERFUL FAMILY SHE HAS..GOD BLESS Toni Herley

Gene and Terry Payne

November 29, 2015

Thoughts and prayers to the family, she was a fun and loving lady.

Janis Lovelady

November 29, 2015

Truly a sweet person! She will be missed. Deepest sympathy for all of her family and friends!

November 29, 2015

Sorry for her passing. Prayers tyo her family. Jerry and Shirley Wahl

Valerie Shelton (Hudson)

November 29, 2015

I'm so sad to hear of Marlene passing away. I have so many fond memories of this beautiful woman! My thoughts are with her family during this sad time. She will be missed.

Christy Tuttle

November 29, 2015

Condolences for this entire family! Loved working with Marlene in high school!