A memorial service will be held at the Conrad Presbyterian Church basement, on Oct. 13 at 11 a.m.
Karlyn was born in Conrad on Aug. 13, 1948, to Harley (Jack) and Nancy Kellogg. Karlyn grew up on a farm/ranch west of Conrad and spent her first five years of school at the Brownell School. She later graduated from Conrad High School in 1966 and continued her education at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., prior to moving to Hawaii.
To her Montana family, she was always Karlyn or KK; however to her friends and classmates she was better known as “Kelly”. She lived in Surfside, Texas, for the last 20 years, and considered this home, even though her roots were in Montana. She had many friends in Surfside, Kitty Smith and Brenda Jeannott were there for her to the end and were her best friends. Kitty recalled Kelly as a best friend who would respond at a moment’s notice, to help in any circumstance and was generous to a fault.
Karlyn was the County Floodplains Administrator in Brazoria County, Texas. Her expertise and knowledge of coastal issues made her the ‘go-to-person’ for the County Commissioners. Karlyn also worked as a building official in Surfside Beach before taking the Village Secretary Job in 1998. She was always known to be hard working, honest and professional. She cared deeply about the communities of Surfside and Brazoria.
Karlyn is survived by her husband Rendal Hamby of Surfside, Texas; two sons, Nation Collins of Tulsa, Okla., and Troy Jr. Collins and two grandsons of Broken Arrow, Okla.; her sister Kenya of Butte; a brother Butch (Stephanie) Kellogg of Clancy; aunt Dolores Kellogg of Conrad; three nephews; and numerous cousins, many who live in the Conrad area.
She was preceded in death by her parents Harley (Jack) and Nancy Kellogg.
Karlyn will be missed by all who have had the good fortune to know her. She will always hold a special place in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Conrad Presbyterian Church or the American Cancer Society.