Katherine Deligan Auer, 90, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Edmonds, Wash.
She was born in Colfax to Michael and Eleni Deligan. She was raised with 22 cousins on the family farms in Penawawa, Wash., before moving to Asotin. Upon graduating from Asotin High School, she attended Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, majoring in business.
She was a founding participant, with her husband, Eugene and brother-in-law Mike Auer, in the family business of the Owl Drug stores in Lewiston and Clarkston. Katherine was actively involved in civic work in Lewiston, where she lived for 30 years before retiring to Mill Creek, Wash. She was a member of the Lewiston Service League, PEO, Jay-C-Ettes, a Gray Lady, a member of her church and community choirs and past president of the Women’s League of the Lewiston and Clarkston golf and country clubs. Katherine was an avid golfer, and was proud of her two holes-in-one.
Katherine was a Duplicate Bridge Gold Lifemaster, a lifetime member of the American Contract Bridge League, a certified Duplicate Bridge Director, and worked for 13 years as a lecturer and bridge director on Norwegian, Princess, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean cruise lines, with the assistance of her husband, Gene. They traveled all over the world on 129 cruises.
Katherine was a member of Greek Orthodox Churches, building and attending St. Katherine’s, St. Paul’s and, most recently, Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Churches.
She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Eugene Auer. She was preceded in death by her son, Stephen Eugene Auer; sister Barbara Deligan; and son-in-law Charlie DeJong.
Katherine will be lovingly remembered by her children, Barbara (Earl) Bardin and Karen DeJong, and her sister, Kay Betts. She is fondly loved by her grandchildren, Stephanie, Andrea, Lauren and Craig; Katherine and Scott; and Erica, Allison, Colby and Casey. She will be forever remembered by her nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund.
Arrangements under the direction of Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home of Seattle.