JoAnn “Mitzy” McKee of Enumclaw died April 28, 2014.
She was born Sept. 9, 1937, in Hope, N.D., to Louis and Helga McKee. She grew up in Luverne, N.D., on the family farm. After graduation from Luverne High School she married Victor Olson and settled in Aberdeen, S.D., where she worked as a waitress. After her husband died she moved back to Luverne and later married Norman Vasfaret. In 1968 they moved to Enumclaw where she sold Watkins and Shaklee products. She also worked at Rainier School in Buckley, retiring in September 2002. She enjoyed her garden, flowers, dancing, watching Lawrence Welk and attending community events. She enjoyed Danish sisterhood events, lutefisk and lefse luncheons, playing “rummy dummy” cards and pinnacle. She was an Eagles member and enjoyed helping people. She met Gary Roberts in 2011 and together they shared a love of the Eagles and dancing.
She is survived by brothers Bob McKee of Mesa, Ariz., and Gene McKee and wife Carol of Luverne; stepsister Joanne Crockett Aubrey, Texas; daughters Deanna Allred and husband Wes and Doris Staley and husband William of Enumclaw; stepchildren Greg Vasfaret of Fife, Wash., Ron Vasfaret of Chehalis, Wash., Linda Gamble Buckley and Dennis Smith Buckley; five grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by sister Marylou Dahl and husband Bud, sisters-in-law Helen and Patti McKee, brother-in-law Bruce Crockett, stepdaughter Jane Smith, Gary Roberts and her former husbands.
There will be a celebration at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Eagles in Buckley.