Mary Elizabeth ((Aas) (VanBlokland) ) VanWinkle

Born: Sat., Jun. 18, 1921
Died: Mon., Dec. 10, 2012

Family to do services at later date

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Mary Elizabeth (Aas) (VanBlokland) VanWinkle passed away Monday, December 10, 2012, at Elizabethan Manor in Pendleton.  She was 91 years old.

A private family memorial service will be held in spring.  Contributions in memory of Mary VanWinkle may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter, and may be sent in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.  Send condolences online at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements.

Mary was born June 18, 1921, in Northome, Minnesota, to Mary and Otto Aas.  When she was four years old her parents moved to Cove, OR, and she was raised by her grandparents in Northome until she was 14 years old.  At that time she traveled by herself by train to La Grande, OR, to be with her family.

She graduated from Cove High School in 1940.  Mary was attending nursing school at the La Grande hospital when she met her future husband while he was a patient.  She married Wilbur VanBlokland November 7, 1943.  They had two boys, Gary and Dale. 

During their early marriage they lived in: Hereford, OR, Payette, ID, Ontario, OR, Condon, OR, and finally settled in Heppner, OR.  Mary went to work at the Heppner Hospital and then worked for Dr. Tibbles as his office nurse for several years.

She owned a variety store in Heppner for a few years and then went to work at Alma’s Apparel.  She then worked at Sears and Peterson’s Jewelry until she retired.

Wilbur passed away in 1979.  In 1981 she married Jack VanWinkle and they moved to Wickenburg, AZ, before settling down in Sun City West where Jack passed away in 2002.

In 2003 Mary moved to Weston, OR, to be closer to her family.  Her hobbies over the years included entertaining, baking – especially wedding cakes, cooking, flower arranging and painting. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Oscar Aas, Otilla “Tillie” DeBorde, Jennie Smith and Margaret Farrington, and husbands Wilbur VanBlokland and Jack VanWinkle.

Mary is survived by her sons Gary & Linda VanBlokland of Weston, OR, and Dale & Cheryl VanBlokland of Austin, TX, stepchildren: John & Sue VanWinkle of Henderson, NV, Jim & Georgia VanWinkle of Fossil, OR, Shirley & Kit George of Heppner, OR, and Trish & Ted Toll of Boardman, OR.  She had 7 Grandchildren, 5 Great-Grandchildren, 7 Step-Grandchildren and 12 Step-Great-Grandchildren

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Merlyn Robinson
   Posted Wed December 12, 2012
To Mary's Family
Condolences to all. Mary was a very special lady and enjoyed life to the fullest. It was always pleasant to be around her. She was such an outstanding member of the Heppner comunity. Merlyn Robinson

Pius Horning
   Posted Thu December 13, 2012
Gary, Linda I am very sorry to hear about your Mom. Please know you are in our prayers and thoughts.

Sherry De Borde
   Posted Mon December 17, 2012
Dear Gary, Dale and families

I was sorry to hear of Mary's passing. I am sure she is at peace now.

She was such a joy! It was always a pleasure to have her at family gatherings. I will always remember her cute stories and her laughter with her sisters.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love, Sherry

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