Walking On -- Karel Ann Ling
Karel Ann Ling
March 23, 1940 – Nov. 3, 2017
Tribal Elder Karel Ann (Gregg) Ling, 77, was called to our Heavenly Father on the morning of Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Kailua, Hawai’i surrounded by family, neighbors and church friends.
Karel was born in Bend, Ore., on March 23, 1940, to Kenneth and Naomi Gregg. She met her husband, Kenneth K.M. Ling (deceased), while attending Linfield College in McMinnville where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work.
Both Karel and Kenneth used their social work degrees to help many challenged youths during their tenure as Palama Settlement. Karel went on to work at the Hawai’i Children’s Justice Center and Koolau Boys Home (Hawai’i Youth Correctional Center). Karel retired in 2002 from the Communications Department at Marine Corps Base Hawai’i.
Karel loved her fellowship with Kailua Christian Church, her Bible studies with classes from Bible Institute of Hawai’i and being a member of the Windward YMCA Ys Men’s Club, donating her time to helping others.
Karel is survived by her three sons, Scot (Pauahi), Mark (Rennie) and Lance (Shana), and two daughters, Heidi Cummings (Walter Jr.) and Heather Bernal (Eric Sr.). She also is survived by her siblings, Karon Chapman, Robert Reed, Val Reed and Rick Reed, as well as 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at Borthwick Mortuary on Mauna Kea Street on Friday, Dec. 1. Visitation and viewings will be at 9:30 a.m. and the service will be at 10:30 a.m. with lunch to follow.
Burial will be on the same day at 2 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire requested.