Kathryn Edmonds

Born: Tue., Jul. 21, 1925
Died: Sun., Apr. 25, 2010

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Eva Kathryn "Katie" Edmonds – a resident of Pendleton, Oregon passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Washington. She was 84 years old. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, May 1, 2010 at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton. Interment will follow at Skyview Memorial Park in Pendleton. A gathering of friends and family will follow interment at the Pendleton Senior Center. Contributions in memory of Katie Edmonds may be made to the American Heart Association or the National Kidney Foundation, and may be sent in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Send condolences or sign the guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Katie was born on July 21, 1925 in Portland, Oregon. She was the fourth child of Murray Hunt and Elizabeth Kathryn Littlefield-Hunt. She was raised in Garden Home, Oregon, nine miles west of Portland. She attended Tigard High School and met her husband Russell Edmonds there. He quit school to enlist in the United States Navy in 1941 after Pearl Harbor. He received his GED while serving in the Navy. Katie graduated in May of 1943, and Russ came home on leave that October. They were married on October 4, 1943. In February of 1947, they lost a baby girl at 6 months. On May 17, 1948 the couple welcomed their son Steven in Portland, Oregon. Russ was called back to serve his country during the Korean War. In 1950 the family moved to Fort Lawton in Seattle, Washington. Their second son Bernie was born on April 8, 1951. They returned to Portland, OR when Bernie was 9 months old. Then in August of 1953, they moved to Pendleton, OR, where Russ started work for the Portland Oregon Journal. Their third child Ralph was born November 13, 1953 and their fourth child Susan was born January 18, 1955, both were born in Pendleton. The family moved to Meacham in 1956, and lived there through 1958. There they ran the Tavern, Store and Restaurant and lived in the Meacham Hotel for a few months. In November 1958 the family returned to Portland, as Russ was employed by the Oregon Journal once again. Russ was called back to Pendleton in January of 1961 to manage the Bowman Hotel where he worked for 19 years. They owned Pendleton Transfer Moving and Storage for 8 years. They sold that business and left the Bowman Hotel when it sold in 1980. Russ retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1980 after 21 years of service. Katie had been a member of the First Christian Church in Pendleton for many years. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Pendleton Elks Lodge. Katie is survived by her children; Steve Edmonds of Meacham, OR, Bernie Edmonds of Forest Grove, OR, Ralph Edmonds of Pendleton, OR, and Susan Rogers of Pendleton, OR, her sister Esther Scofield of Sherwood, OR, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her husband Russell Edmonds in 1990. She was also preceded by her parents, her brother Thomas Hunt and sister Margaret Ryan.

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