Luella Bee Kitching
Luella Bee Kitching passed away on October 21, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband Gordon R. Kitching and her parents Herbert and Luella Kollmorgen. She is survived by her brother Don Kollmorgen and his wife Louise Woerner and her sister Judy and her husband Roger Denesia. Survivors also include two nieces, Christine Glover and her husband Mark and Catherine Denesia and her husband Patrick Meraz. Survivors also include grand nephews and nieces Michael and McKenzie Glover and Ella, Cohl and Hailey Meraz. Survivors also include stepchildren Shannon and Eric Kitching. She was born Luella Bee Kollmorgen in Ardmore, Oklahoma, on July 1, 1938. She chose to be called by her middle name and was known by family and friends as "Bee." Bee grew up in Wayne, Nebraska. She graduated from Wayne State Teachers College with a B.S. Degree in Science. After her graduation Bee moved to Cottage Grove, Oregon, where she taught school for nine years. In 1967 Bee moved to Oakridge, Oregon, where she was a substitute teacher. In 1973 she began working with the U.S. Forest Service in Oakridge. In June of 1991 Bee and her husband Gordon moved to Sitka, Alaska, where they both worked for the U.S. Forest Service in the Tongass National Forest. When they retired Bee and Gordon built a home and became residents of Estacada, Oregon. Bee was active in the Eagle Creek Presbyterian Church and an active member and supporter of the Ladies Aid Society at the church. Bee enjoyed her family and many friends. She enjoyed traveling and seeing new places, meeting new people and experiencing new adventures. She always enjoyed seeing family and friends during her travels.
A memorial service is being planned for next spring in Estacada.