Ilene Mae Tamlyn

April 16, 1929July 7, 2019

Ilene Mae (Starkel) Tamlyn born April 16, 1929 in Lincoln, Neb., to Mollie and Andrew Starkel the third of four daughters, passed away July 7, 2019 in Portland, Ore.

Ilene wanted to get out of Lincoln and move west so at the age of 17 she convinced her parents Portland was the place to be. They sold their home and all its belongings and moved to Portland where Ilene and her sisters attended Grant High School. While in high school Ilene worked on the switch board for the phone company, pulling wires and transferring calls. It was there she brushed with greatness by speaking to Jimmy Stewart, a heart throb at the time. While in high school she also worked at the Hollywood Fred Meyer, selling popcorn.

After graduation, Ilene met a handsome solider, Don Tamlyn and double dated with her older sister Mary Lou Starkel and Richard Malowney. The dates must have gone well as the sisters married their suitors. Ilene and Don married in 1949. Four children followed, Robert, Gil, Molly and Don Jr.

Ilene went to work for Bauman Construction in the early 60’s. She later managed a credit union for Carnation Milk Company where husband Don worked, then went on to manage the Meat Cutters Credit Union until her retirement after 26 years.

Ilene lovingly cared for Don while ill until he passed way in 2005. In 2008 Ilene rediscovered love with Grant Valentine of Olympia. Grant and Ilene moved to Summerfield in Tigard where they became prolific painters, garden enthusiasts, dancers and music lovers. In 2017 Ilene moved to the Springs in Lake Oswego where Grant visited nearly everyday.

Ilene is survived by her four children; their spouses; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and her fiancé, Grant.

Ilene will be remembered most for her humor, generosity, compassionate heart, artistic skill and her deep love of her children, her fiancé Grant, flowers of every variety and chocolate.

Ilene’s memorial will be held Monday, July 15, 2019. Guests should gather at Lincoln Memorial Park by 12:30 p.m., for a procession to Willamette National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests a donation in Ilene’s name to Legacy Hopewell House.


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Ilene Mae Tamlyn

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