Kathleen Claire Covert – November 1, 1947 — August 16, 2015

Kathleen Claire Covert, known as Kay, of Manzanita Oregon was 67 years old when she passed away

Trav Williams, Broken Banjo Photography
Trav Williams, Broken Banjo Photography


unexpectedly of complications of pneumonia on August 16th, 2015 in St Vincent’s Hospital in Portland Oregon. She was born in Los Angeles CA on November 1st 1947 to Edward and Mary Henlin, the third of four children.

Kay attended the University of California at Berkley where she earned a bachelor’s degree then went on to obtain her master’s degree in speech therapy from San Francisco State University in 1971. She was a speech therapist until 1986 when she married her high school sweetheart, Walt Covert, after they were reconnected at her 20th year high school class reunion.

In 1989, Walt, Kay, and their son Max, moved to Manzanita Oregon from Long Beach California after falling in love with the area. Kay and Walt became real estate brokers a few years after arriving and began their career at Ribbon Realty.  Ribbon Realty became Windermere and then Walt and Kay bought the business in 1998. They owned Windermere Manzanita until 2012 when they sold it to Kamali/Sothebys. Kay was an active broker till her passing.

Kay lived her life passionately and everything she did reflected this spirit. Her love of the Manzanita area was evident in her active community involvement. She believed in making this the best community possible and helped start numerous organizations in the area such as the Fitness Center at NCRD where she taught aerobics for many years, The Teen Center at NCRD, Cart’m Recycling, The Farmers Market, and the Manzanita Business Association that later became Manzanita Chamber of Commerce. Kay was the president of the latter for many years as she ardently believe in promoting and supporting local businesses and crafts people. She was the drumbeat behind the Visitor’s Center being built on Laneda Avenue early last year. Kay also enjoyed being a part of the Women’s Club, Neahkahnie Club, and many others.

Kay was kind, generous, gracious and supportive. She encouraged others to be the best they could be and these qualities are reflected in her community where she is greatly loved.  She also had a keen interest and concern for the welfare of animals rescuing many cats along the way and treasuring many dogs.

She is survived by her husband Walt Covert of Manzanita OR and son Max Covert of Nehalem OR. She is also survived by her older twin sisters, Margie and Maryjo, younger brother Paul, their families and numerous close friends that call her family.

A community gathering to honor Kay will be held Nov 1st in the NCRD Gym in Nehalem OR at 4:30pm with a reception following at the NCRD kitchen and gallery where we shall toast this classy lady. The family encourages everyone to support your local businesses to remember her. Please make memorial donations to United Paws at and to Tillamook Animal Shelter at

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