Kathleen Walsh McEntee
Kathleen “Kit” Walsh McEntee, age 91, of Puyallup, Wa., formally of Philip and Wall, S.D., passed away November 8, 2012, at home in the Willow Garden retirement center.
Kit was born August 19, 1921, at Ash Creek, S.D., the daughter of WJ “Bill” and Mary “Mayme” Fennell Wilson. The Wilson family moved to Philip in 1938, operating the Philip Dairy. Kit graduated from Mount Marty High School in Yankton in 1941. She worked at the Cedar Pass Lodge and then for a dentist in Norfolk, Neb., for two years after high school.
Kit was united in marriage to WJ “Bill” Walsh at Philip in 1942. For a portion of the Second World War, Kit worked for Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, Calif. Bill and Kit bought and operated the Midway and B&M cafes in Philip for a number of years. They moved to Murdo in 1948 and to Wall in 1952. They owned and operated the Walsh Funeral Home until 1968, moving to the Washington area at that time. Bill passed away in 1972.
Kit lived in Puyallup, Wa., area for 43 years. She married Robert “Mac” McEntee 1976. They spent some time in Atlanta, Ga., and Kit moved back to Puyallup when Mac passed away in 1985.
Kit was a long time member of the All Saints Catholic Church in Puyallup.
She is survived by three children, Dennis Walsh and his wife, Susan, (Todd and Tara) of Miami, Fla., Dan Walsh and his wife, Jeanne, (Jason and Ryan) of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Colleen Walsh Lipscomb and her husband, Brad, (Tamora and Scott) of Rock Mart, Ga.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Peg Wilson (Bill), Tiny Wilson (Kenny), Pat Walsh and Audra Cole; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husbands, Bill and Robert “Mac”, Kit was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Mayme Wilson; sister, Mary Smith; and five brothers, Ambrose “Joe”, Jim, Bill, Frank and Kenny.
Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Tuesday, November 13, at the All Saints Catholic Church in Puyallup.
Memorials may be made to Franciscan Hospice, 2901 Bridgeport Way W, University Place, WA 98466.
Arrangements were under the direction of Hill Funeral Home in Puyallup.