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Home arrow News arrow News of Record arrow Obituaries for May 19, 2010


Obituaries for May 19, 2010

'Pat' Garrigus,

‘Pat’ Garrigus

Patsy Ruth “Pat” Garrigus, 78, died April 22, 2010, at her Pine Creek home.

 There will be a memorial celebration of her life and potluck at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Halfway Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall. A gathering will be scheduled later in the summer to scatter her remains on a favorite stretch of beach on her beloved Oregon Coast.

Pat was born at Douglas, Ariz., on May 1, 1931, one of three daughters born to Millard Quint “Bob” Wasson and Ella Elizabeth Scott Wasson. Three years later the family moved to the Eugene area, where she attended elementary and secondary schools, with her beloved sisters Mary Ernestine “Dink” Wasson Conley and Clara May “Snooks” Wasson Delozier, who died earlier.

She was a graduate of Eugene High School, where she made many lifelong friends. Of her early education she often bemoaned the lack of competitive softball after mid-school as one of her greater disappointments.

Pat attended the University of Oregon at Eugene, where she met her future husband and lifelong partner, Forest O. “Gus” Garrigus. Pat and Gus were married in 1951 after his graduation from Linfield College at McMinnville.

Staying at McMinnville, the couple began the lifelong project of raising two sons, Forest O. Garrigus III and John Patrick Garrigus.

The family moved to Bend in 1961, where Pat began a long and successful career as a general office worker. Her work led to a number of prestigious positions in the then-still-burgeoning wood products industry, culminating in the position as the executive vice president of a multinational corporation, from which she eventually “retired” to the cabin on the creek near Oxbow.

Following her deep and never- flagging love of books and literature, she then began a career as the editor of the Hells Canyon Journal. In that role her attention to detail, sometimes acerbic wit and sense of the newsworthy made her many lasting friends and trusting sources within the community. Pat finally relinquished the editorial position but remained an integral part of the weekly paper, still working two or three days a week until her death.

Gardening, canning and gathering the natural bounties in the area occupied many of Pat’s free hours, with the always freely shared results of her labors greatly appreciated by nearby and not-so-nearby good neighbors, co-workers and family. Wild mushrooms, huckleberries and seafood always were favored choices, but any food, well-prepared was always a reason for celebration and thanks.

Family and friends, upon arrival, could expect at least one of their personal culinary favorites to be prepared and waiting, with plans for more in the offing. She also loved neighborhood card games and gatherings with her friends and neighbors at Pine Creek.

Perhaps her greatest pleasure and gift was the love of reading, whether rereading classics or discovering a new, and hopefully prolific, author of mystery novels. Although any well-written, thoughtful or simply entertaining book was sure to be treasured. This passion is shared by her children and grandchildren and is a lasting tribute to her life, her family said.

Survivors include her sister, Dink; sons, Forest and John; grandchildren, Amie, Erin, Rachel, Forest and America Rose; and a growing number of great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Snooks; and her husband, Gus.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Pine Eagle Clinic or the Halfway/Oxbow Ambulance Service through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.

Marlene Van Court

Marlene Evelyn Van Court, 72, died May 14, 2010, at Richland.

There will be a celebration of Marlene’s life and a memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward in the Presbyterian Fellowship Hall.

Marlene was born on Dec. 17, 1937, to Albert J. and Beulah L. Buchanan Crow. She was raised and educated at Halfway, attending school at Pine Town through the eighth grade, and graduating from Pine Valley Union High School.

During her school years she was a track star and placed second at the state track meet. Marlene was also a horseback rider and served as princess of the Baker County Fair for one year.

Her only marriage was to Scott J. Van Court in 1960 in Weiser, Idaho. They lived in several Pacific Coast states as well and a year in West Virginia. They had four children along the way.

Marlene was a worker. She always had a job as a waitress, cook or bartender wherever she was. But she finally settled at Stanfield and was hired on with Union Pacific Railroad, first as a cook, then as a brakeman at the Hinkle Yard near Hermiston. She was one of the first two women to work that rail yard, a job she was very proud of.

She loved life and could always find the funny in any situation. She loved to steam fish and took any opportunity to do so. She would sing, play guitar or banjo at the drop of a hat and Marlene had a beautiful voice.

Marlene loved to cook and would prepare different dishes for those who asked. Her family said she will be remembered for her oyster stuffing, “a yummy recipe handed down from her momma.”

She had so many stories to tell and kept memories alive with them. Her laugh was infectious. You couldn’t be around her and not have a wonderful time.

“She will be sorely missed by any who knew her and loved her, even those who didn’t — (you know who you are!)” her family members said.

Survivors include her children, Vicki L. Van Court of Buffalo, N.Y., Sandra I. Van Court of Halfway, Scott J. Van Court of Tigard and Kelly O. Van Court of Reno, Nev.; her siblings Marion A. Crow, I. Richard “Dick” Crow, E. Louise Tyler, Melba J. Harrington, C. Lorraine Gunter, John D. Crow, all of Halfway, Elizabeth J. “Betty” Wells of Portland, David R. Crow of Stanfield, and C. Elaine Woolf of Vancouver, Wash.; grandchildren, Sean S. Ellefson of Burien, Wash., Mary L. Mortensen of Irrigon, Breona Van Court and Haze M. Van Court of Beaverton,  Jacob M. Van Court, Kristine G. Perez, Angelo R. Perez and Kristopher G. Perez of Reno, Nev; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her ex-husband, Scott J. Van Court; sister, Rosalyn M. Crow Lindstrom; brother, Jerold L. Crow; and nephews, Travis L. Crow-Woolf, Terry W. Sitkoff and James A. Tyler.

The family expressed “a very special and grateful thank you to Debbie Page, who stuck with Mom and the family through thick and thin and has been a godsend.”

Memorial contributions may be made to help defray funeral expenses through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.


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