March 3, 1944 ~ March 17, 2018
Karol L. Klep-Cummings, age 74, died on Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Providence St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, Oregon, surrounded by her family. She had been living, and lovingly cared for, at the Brookdale Senior Living facility in Beaverton, Oregon.
Karol was born in historic Astoria Oregon, to Andrew and Iris Klep, and was the third of four children. After the passing of her father in 1951, the family moved between California, and Oregon. After graduating from Mt. Shasta High School, she married John Amy, and they had their only child, daughter Laura Michelle Amy.
She eventually moved to Sonora California where she would flourish as an artist. She met her soul mate, Douglas Cummings, at the Carpentry Shop, in the California Columbia State Park, a shop that was devoted to the recreation of period toys and furniture from the 1849 Gold Rush Period.
She worked her magic, and expressionist artistic flair in creating caricatures onto the wood toys created in this shop. Karol was especially proud of the recognition letter she received from President Bill Clinton, having sent to the White House a wood dancing toy depicting the President as Uncle Sam tap dancing.
Upon retiring from the Carpentry Shop, Karol and Douglas moved to Amagansett, New York, putting them in closer contact to Karol’s daughter Michelle, her husband Robert (RJ) McCreary, and the two grandchildren Cash and Kate.
Karol’s failing health, and the passing of Douglas, required her move back to the West Coast, where she could be administered more intently with the help and interaction of her sister-in-law Rosemary Klep and brother Jon L. Klep-Royer. Karol was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jon Rolf, and husband Douglas Cummings. Karol will be remembered for her incredible artwork, her infectious beauty, dancing and Swedish pancakes and meatballs. She was also an exceptional seamstress, and a green thumb the size of the jolly green giant.
Karol is survived by daughter Laura “Michelle” McCreary, RJ McCreary, grandchildren Cash and Kate, and brothers Karl and Sten Klep, Jon Klep-Royer.
The McCreary, Royer and Klep families want to reach out to the entire staff at Brookdale Beaverton, and “Thank each member,” for the kind thoughts, prayers and visits, that contributed to Karol’s health and safety while in their care. A memorial for family and friends shall be planned, for a date not yet established, during this coming summer.