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Kelly Lynn Palumbo

March 24, 1960 - April 19, 2013


Kelly Lynn Palumbo, a lifetime resident of the Colville area, passed away very peacefully in Chewelah, Washington at the age of 53. She was born on March 24, 1960 in Colville, Washington, the daughter of, Howard and Eileen (Brown) Kaiser.
Kelly was raised and attended school in Kettle Falls, WA and graduated from Kettle Falls High School in 1978. After graduation she attended Eastern Washington University where she obtained her Bachelorís Degree in Education with a Reading Major and a Math Minor. She began her career in teaching at Astor School in 1983. That same year she married Steve Palumbo and together they were blessed with 30 wonderful years. During her years in the classroom she continued her education and received her Masterís Degree in Curriculum Development and Administration from Gonzaga University. Kelly had a great passion for teaching her second graders. Her influence made a great impact on countless lives. Kellyís love for teaching and children extended well beyond the classroom. She was a Certified Lifeguard and taught swimming lessons at the Kettle Falls city pool as well as volunteered her time with the Junior Miss Program in Kettle Falls. As her battle with cancer grew, Kellyís devotion to education was unwavering. Her passion was her classroom and her inspiration was her students. Several weeks before her passing Kelly was still teaching half days.
With her family being the number one priority in her life, she was very involved in her own childrenís sports activities during their school years. As a family they spent many days camping and traveling for various sporting events. An avid skier, Kelly spent the winter months traveling to various ski resorts to watch her children compete in ski racing. Whenever she had some time at home, she was busy in her garden nurturing her flowers. Kellyís focus was always on the needs of others, and because of that she made many dear friends. She was deeply loved by her family and friends, and her presence will live on forever in the many hearts she has touched.
Kelly is survived by her husband, Steve Palumbo of Evans, WA; daughter, Talia Palumbo of Evans, WA; son, David Palumbo of Sheridan, OR; granddaughter, Heirabella Palumbo; parents, Howard and Eileen Kaiser of Kettle Falls, WA; brothers, Wes Kaiser of Cheney, WA, Karl Kaiser and wife Lisa of Barstow, WA; sister, Shannon Kaiser of Spokane, WA.
A memorial service for Kelly will be held at the Colville High School in Colville, WA, on April 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm, followed by a sharing of food and memories. Pastor Tony Pinkham of the Kettle Falls Community Church, where Kelly was a member, will be officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at The Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Born: March 24, 1960
Place of Birth: Colville, WA
Death: April 19, 2013
Place of Death: Chewelah, WA
Occupation: Elemetary Teacher
Hobbies: Camping,Gardening,Skiing,Swimming,
Organizations: Kettle Falls Community Church, Kettle Falls Junior Miss


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Celebration of Life

Monday April 29, 2013, 4:00 at Colville High School Gymnasium
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Wednesday April 24, 2013, 1:00 - 5:00 - p.m. at Danekas Funeral Chapel, Colville
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Thursday April 25, 2013, 1:00 - 5:00 - p.m. at Danekas Funeral Chapel, Colville
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Memorial donations may be made to:
Susan G. Komen