Maren Lee Buhler

On Jan. 29, 1944, Maren Lee arrived in Burbank, California, to beloved parents Berenice (Rau) and James Borup. She spent her childhood and professional life in the Los Angeles area, but wonderful summers at her grandparents’ home in Kent, Washington, eventually drew her to the Pacific Northwest.

After retiring from her career as a legal secretary, she landed in Hoquiam and found her way to a Polson Museum work party, which led to her second career as part-time secretary there and permanent membership in the museum family. Maren Buhler passed away on April 10, 2021, at home, as she would have wanted.

Maren was an independent soul, equal parts charming and witty, obstinate and impatient. She liked a little sparkle to her jewelry, perfectly done nails and a flashy red car. Her penmanship was exquisite. Maren married twice, but found cats easier companions than people. In recent years Shadow, Midnight and Socks were excellent company, and last fall she took in two kittens whose antics exasperated and delighted her. These siblings, Boots and Socks, survive her.

Memorials can be made to Wolf Haven, an animal charity of your choice or the Polson Museum, where a memorial gathering will be held at a later date.