Edith M. Mulkey
October 25, 1933 - January 25, 2019
Edie was born in Rothschild, Wisconsin in 1933 to Stanley F. Berlik and Pauline M. Berlik (Simonis). Edie’s family moved to the Gresham-Portland area when she was in the 3rd grade. She graduated from Gresham High School (where she was a majorette) and the Northwest School of Commerce. In 1952, she married Duane Wolfe. She made their home in West Salem, raising their three children. As a young mom, Edie served as a room mother , and as a Camp Fire and Cub Scout Leader. Edie worked as a Bookkeeper and Administrative Assistant for several years, and retired from Willamette University in 1987. In 1976, Edie married Edward Mulkey. The two enjoyed square dancing, fishing, and were active members of the United States Power Squadron, teaching safe boating classes. Ed died in 2009 after a long struggle through Alzheimer disease. Over the past 9 years, Edie worked as a regular volunteer at Salem Hospital and served many meals as a waitress at the Salem Senior Center. In 2013, on a trip to Roth’s IGA to pick up a bottle of wine, she met Don Oglevie. Their relationship blossomed. Edie and Don shared a love of family; enjoyed adventures with their dog, Bridget; and spent many happy hours together gardening and socializing with their many friends.
Edie is survived by her partner Don Oglevie, children Jerri Wolfe of Corvallis, Thomas Wolfe of Bend, JoAnn Wolfe of Portland, their spouses Mike Johnson, Mindy Wolfe and Blake Martin and 4 beloved grandchildren, Jessica Wolfe, Jennifer Johnson, Matthew Wolfe and Will Martin.
Creating memories and spending time together with family and friends were top priorities for Edie. A highlight for her was her 80th birthday when all her children and grandchildren gathered in London for a week to celebrate. Throughout her life, Edie traveled the world, visiting China, Australia, Costa Rica, Panama, many European countries, and many US cities. She was also known to many as an avid bridge player enjoying the competition and friendship. For her recent 85th birthday, we gathered in Palm Desert. Cards games were often a part of our gatherings and all were challenged to beat her. She was a master (or just really lucky). She created a tradition of gathering for massage and lunch outings for birthdays bringing her "girls" together.
Edie cared deeply for the members of the Mulkey family, including 3 stepchildren, 9 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. She was appreciated and loved by all. She was also warmly welcomed into the Oglevie family, which includes Don’s 8 children, 23 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
Edie will be deeply missed by her family, her partner, and many friends. She will be remembered for her smart, witty, open minded view of the world. She was a sweet and generous spirit who chose a positive outlook everyday.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, March 17th, 1:00 – 4:00 at the Towne Hall at Salemtowne, 2900 Oakcrest Dr. NW Salem. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be sent to Family Building Blocks a charity Edie actively supported, www.familybuildingblocks.org.