Alma Rau

07/14/1931 — 11/23/2018

From Richland, WA | Born in Minot, ND

Alma Rau

Alma Louise Carlson Rau passed away on November 23, 2018, at her home in Richland. Alma was born on July 14, 1931, in Minot, North Dakota to Ernest and Agnes Carlson. A long-time resident of the Tri-Cities, she graduated from Richland High School in 1949 and shortly thereafter married the love of her life, Melvin Olaf Rau, to whom she was married for 52 years until his death. Anyone that knew Alma can attest that she was a truly one-of-a-kind lady well-known for her fiery personality and always being the life of the party! Alma, a certified Master Gardener, loved spending time lavishing attention on her well-manicured yard and her pets. Alma was an avid card-player and exercise fanatic who spent at least 60 minutes every day on her stationary bike while watching her favorite team, the Mariners.

            Alma was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Rau; her son, John Kelly Rau; her parents, Ernest and Agnes Carlson; and her siblings, Charlotte Terry, William Carlson, Ernest Carlson, Gordon Carlson, and David Carlson. She is survived by two children, Jennifer Windau, and Jeffrey Rau; six grandchildren, Erik Shay, Nicole Crosby, Henry Rau, Lucas Rau, Jamie Maloy, and James Windau; five great-grandchildren, Genevieve Rau, Nathaniel Rau, Sebastian Rau, Lorelei Shay, and Finnian Windau; and numerous members of her large extended family.

            A remembrance will be held for Alma on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at 1:30 pm at Sterling’s Restaurant at 2500 Queensgate Drive in Richland; all friends and family are invited to share a memory, or two, and some food and drink. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, please make a donation in Alma’s memory to the Benton-Franklin Humane Society.

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  • Jeff, sorry to learn of your mothers passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

    Paul Ziemer
    November 26, 2018
    Richland. WA
  • My friend at Gold’s Gym. Wish hher family comfort.

    Beverly Dean
    November 27, 2018
    Richland WA