Tommy Lee Lavender died of cancer Jan. 21, 2017. He was born Jan.
16, 1943 to Lonnie & Hazel Lavender. He is survived by his wife Marilyn
of 51 years. He has 2 children: Robert & Artie Lavender; 4
grandchildren, & 6 great-grandchildren. He has one surviving brother,
Norman, & one sister, Edna Tompkins.
He graduated from Springfield High School in 61. He worked at
Weyerhauser & retired from Sierra Pine. He drove school bus for WLCA for
9 years, retired from there in Oct. 2016.
Sharon Smith Pedersen
Sharon was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia May 7, 2014. She
decided not to have chemotherapy.
January 15, 2017 she passed away.
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In later life, Sharon had participated in the Peace Corp in China
as a teacher. She sent us many wonderful letters
about her experiences. I planned on reloading the letters, but I
can not find them. They must have been a casualty of my computer
Sharon Leslie Pedersen died
January 15th 2017 of acute myeloid leukemia at age 73. She is survived
by her husband Gary, four children: Evan (Mary), Liz (Koby Kampschroeder),
Christian (Elizabeth), and Jonathan (Julie), ten grandchildren, a sister
Sue Brown (Paul) and three brothers, Steven (Linda), David (Michel), and
James (Lisa) Smith. She was preceded in death by her brother Dean,
sister Riisa, and her parents Oscar and Delila Smith.
From the time she came to St. Louis in 1985, and for many years, she
served on the board of the St. Louis Branch, Women's International
League for Peace and Freedom. She worked as a high school English
teacher and librarian, and a public librarian. She earned degrees in
English, philosophy of education and history, library science and
creative writing, and the Master Gardener certificate. She served as a
Peace Corps Volunteer in China, 2005-2006, and as a Peace Corps
recruiter on the Washington University in St. Louis campus, 2010-2011.
She often said her retirement years since 1998 were the happiest and
most satisfying in an ordinary good life. Until the leukemia diagnosis,
she danced Saturday nights with International Folk Dance Association of
St. Louis. She learned about native MO gardening weeding the Roger Pryor
Memorial Garden at the Green Center in University City, became a Master
Gardener, 2004, in the Missouri Botanical Garden program, and
volunteered Tuesdays at Litzsinger Road Ecology Center. She served as a
sponsor in the international Women group of the Washington University
Woman's Club, welcoming young women from all over the world to her home
Fridays for holiday crafts, canning parties and potlucks. She was a
member of the St. Louis Chapter, Wild Ones native Plant Society, and in
2007 established her One Hundred Species yard of MO native trees,
bushes, vines, grasses and wildflowers at her home, and regularly
welcomed garden tour visitors. Until her illness she was an active
member of Ethical Society of St. Louis. Her life was enriched by
relationships with family and many dear friends and she will be greatly
Martin Lessard, Sherry
I recall attending Lincoln School at 7th and "G" St. during the 4th, 5th and 6th grades
(doing foot races with Fred) and the "big joke" in those days was that (paraphrasing the quote)
humanity would accomplish "such and such" only when we landed a man on the moon...knowing, of
course it would be "impossible" to land a man on the moon!
We truly HAVE come a long way, have we not?
Thought it was about time I said something. I miss all
my friends from way back.
I was very busy at our quartz Crystal mine this last Summer.
Will do my best to get together this Summer.
Sally Sanborn Allen
12/17/16 A letter from
Darlene Kelly about her friend Sally Sanborn to us her classmates..
Received a call from Sally this afternoon. She's in St Charles
hospital in Bend having had a stroke in her right temporal lobe that
left her 50% blind/disoriented in both eyes & depressed but just as
lively, sharp and rabble rousing as ever. Apparently everything
else is OK but she'll need
24/7 care for the blindness & super high
blood pressure. I think she will be choosing to take daughter
Debbie's offer & stay with her when she is released (Christmas
Her outrageous "rage against the dying of the light" commentary
She's in room 711 so why can't she get Nachos & a corn dog?
For her birthday (Dec 10th) she demanded ice cream, cake and a
Can't see the heavy snow outside (she's in the
"dungeon"/basement) but wants to have everybody get naked & have
a snowball fight. - or at least have a food fight indoors..
I love the way she attacks setbacks with crazy humor - sometimes
that's all you have left!
The impossibility of ever driving again, the prospect of being
permanently isolated in Crane on the ranch, while her friends are in
other far flung parts is getting her down. I think she would
appreciate cards, notes, calls, or texts (she'll have readers to
help) from anyone who would like to keep in touch.
Sally Sanborn Allen
N. Birch Ave, Burns OR 97720
She doesn't have her daughter's ranch address,and hopes to
eventually find housing in Bend or Burns. I'm guessing she'll pick
up mail in Burns now & then.
Hoping all is well with you this holiday season and throughout the
new year, Darlene
1942 - 2016
Obituary has now been posted.
Shirley Batey VanHouten went
peacefully home to be with the Lord on July 16, 2016. She had a
beautiful spirit, and was truly our angel, here on Earth. She loved the
Lord Jesus, her Savior.
Shirley was born in Springfield, Oregon, and
attended Maple Elementary, and Springfield Junior High and High Schools.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and
her siblings: Jessie, Leroy, Doy Lee (Dee), and Patricia (Trish).
Shirley was a loving,
kind, and generous lady, who loved her family with her whole heart.
Spending time with her family brought her the greatest joy, and we were
all her most precious treasures.
Shirley retired after 20+ years of working at
BiMart, where she was adored by many for her excellent customer service,
and always had a warm, friendly smile, and kind words to share. She was
a dedicated, hard worker, always working earnestly and exhaustively to
provide for her family.
Shirley is survived by her children: Chris,
and son-in-law Brad; Teresa, and son-in-law Mark; Jeff, and
daughter-in-law Shannon; as well as by her grandchildren: Kyle, Krystle,
Karissa, Shawnii, and Colton; great-grandsons: Brayden and Sora;
sister-in-law Sandy; aunts: Norma Dean, and Ruby Jean; as well as by
cousins, and many dear friends.
At her request, no memorial service will be
held. She will remain in the hearts of all whose lives she touched, and
she will always be remembered, loved, and deeply missed.
"A miraculously healed body lasts for a
lifetime. A miraculously healed soul lasts for eternity." Janette Oke.
There is a love
that transcends time and space. It echoes sweetly in our memories. It
shines softly in our lives. It lives tenderly in our hearts? forever.
Bette Weed King
Larry King (February 25, 1942 - December 3, 2016) . Bette and
Larry were married shortly after Bette graduated. Larry was a
member of the Class of '60. He had been ill with cancer for
some time and just recently passed. A funeral will be held
during the summer.
(1925 - 2016)
C. Palanuk (Uchytil),
and went to
be with her
to Ben and
the love of
She loved to
She was a
August 19, 2016
When an obituary is printed, it will be posted here.
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Lee Reed passed away June 24, 2016 at the age of 72. He was
born May 28, 1944 in Eugene, Oregon only child to Alvin C.
Reed and Dorothy I. (Tibbles) Reed.Gary grew up in
Springfield, Oregon. He graduated from Springfield High
School in May 1962. He went on to college at Southern Oregon
University in Ashland, Oregon where he played football and
made many lasting friendships. He and his fellow 1962
football teammates were inducted into
SOU's Hall of Fame in 2012.
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