Varene E. (Colvard) McLaughlin

Born: Tue., Feb. 23, 1926
Died: Thu., Dec. 26, 2013

Funeral Service

2:30 PM Fri., Jan. 03, 2014
Location: Burns Mortuary

Interment following funeral service

Location: Olney Cemetery

Celebration of Life

3:30 PM Fri., Jan. 03, 2014
Location: Roy Raley Room (At The Round-Up Grounds)

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Varene E. McLaughlin, 87 of Pendleton, OR, passed away Thursday, December 26th.  A Funeral Service will be held at Burns Mortuary on Friday, January, 3rd, 2014 at 2:30 PM, with burial to follow at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton.  A celebration of life will follow burial at the Roy Raley Room.  Varene was born on February 23rd, 1926 in Baker City, OR.  Varene moved to Pendleton at the age of 13 where she remained until her death.  She graduated from Pendleton High School in 1943.  At age 18, Varene went to work for Roy Raley with the Law Firm of Raley, Kilkenny and Raley.  Shortly thereafter she began working as Jim Raley’s Legal Secretary, and continued in that role until 1967. For the next two years Varene did bookkeeping out of her home.  In 1969 she went to work for Robert W Collins, Attorney at Law.  She continued with the firm of Collins and Collins as a Legal Assistant specializing in Probate work until her retirement in 2005.

On November 3rd, 1950 Varene married Joe McLaughlin in Pendleton. Although family and work were her priorities, Varene’s whole hearted support of Joe allowed him to be involved in multiple government and civic activities. Joe and Varene enjoyed entertaining friends and family, always with a fun and inviting atmosphere. She had an amazing gift through her words, deeds, and the way she truly listened. She made family, friends, and even casual acquaintances feel important and special.

Varene was an avid sports fan and supported the activities and athletic endeavors of her children and grandchildren.  She loved watching all kinds of sports and later in life took up golf.  Varene was a season ticket holder for the Portland Power and later the Portland Trailblazers.  She loved playing cards, reading, traveling and going to all kinds of live theatre. 

Survivors include her children Greg and Julia McLaughlin, Patricia and Steve Malcom, all of Pendleton, Doug and Becky McLaughlin of Snoqualmie, WA and Tara and Dan Fleshman of Little Rock, AR.  Grandchildren include Alyssa and Jean Luke Alexander, Casey McLaughlin, Shannon and Chris Peters, Kim Malcom, Kevin McLaughlin, Kylie McLaughlin and Meghan McLaughlin.  Great grandchildren Murray and Keaton Alexander and Brody Peters.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, her parents, R.L. and Lucille (Burnside) Colvard,  and her brother Bill Colvard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Oregon Public Broadcasting or the Pendleton Foundation Trust through Burns Mortuary, PO Box 489,    Pendleton, OR.

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eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Mon December 30, 2013
So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Brigit Farley
   Posted Mon December 30, 2013
Dear McLaughlins, I am sorry for your loss. Varene was an amazing woman, one of those greatest generation members who accomplished a lot during her time here. She had a productive and meaningful life--I hope we are all able to say the same when we reach the age of 87. She will be missed. Godspeed.

Edna Burgerson
   Posted Thu January 02, 2014
Tara, I'm so sorry for the loss of your mom. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Othelene Colvard
   Posted Thu January 02, 2014
Dear McLaughlins,

You are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope the days will be peaceful for all of you, even though I know, how hard it will be. Will send arrow prayers tomorrow.....with love and



Jean Saimo
   Posted Thu January 02, 2014

TROPICAL DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent by The bunco gals in Snoqualmie, WA.

Dear McLaughlin's- You are in our heart and prayers. With Love, Becky McLaughlin's Bunco Babes and Beaches from Snoqualmie WA.

Rony and Barry Hill
   Posted Fri January 03, 2014
Tara and family...we are so sorry for the loss of your mother. Even though we never met her, Tara is obvious a wonderful reflection of an outstanding mom she was! Sending prayers and hugs to the family....Rony and Barry Hill

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