Lauradele I. (Hutcheson) Guthrie

Born: Tue., Jan. 5, 1937
Died: Tue., Mar. 24, 2015

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Lauradele Irene Hutcheson  Guthrie

January 5, 1937 – March 24, 2015


Lauradele was welcomed by Frank and Florence Young Hutcheson on January 5, 1937 in Portland, Oregon.  Later her brother Richard joined the family.

She grew up in Portland attending Kennedy School, which later became a McMenamins.  Lauradele enjoyed an evening there, going into her old classroom and “stomping” on the courtyard grass, an area of the school that was off limits to the students.  She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1954.  While in Portland she worked at Janzen Beach.  She met Donald Clifford Guthrie also of Portland; they were married for fifty-eight years.  After moving around the country, in 1964 Don and Lauradele settled making Pendleton their permanent home.   While raising their family, she assisted with Bluebirds, Campfire Girls, and Jobs Daughters as well as attending soccer and baseball games.

Lauradele always welcomed you in for a visit, or was ready for a party or a dance.  She enjoyed doing crafts, especially cross-stitch which she gifted to her family and many friends.  She also enjoyed watching old classic movies with her family and could adeptly point out any discrepancies in the plot or scenery.  On Christmas Day or birthdays, her tradition was to play all the new gift games with Don, the children and friends.  A very special joy for her was to sit with a young baby on her lap.   Lauradele’s house was complete only when there were three cats as members of her family.  She loved their company, watching their personalities and the interactions between the cats and with their people.  Camping was a family activity and after retirement Lauradele and Don were able to enjoy camping for long periods at Wallowa Lake and the Oregon Coast.

In Pendleton she worked for Equifax and then later as the office manager at Express Services for 26 years.  She was a member of Altrusa serving as the President from 1996 to 1997.  In Altrusa she worked on various projects, but was known as the “sandwich queen” for the food counter at the annual Christmas Bazaar.

Lauradele passed away on March 24, 2015 at home with her family by her side.  Lauradele will be greatly missed and is survived by:  her brother Richard and Sharon Hutcheson of Gresham, Oregon; daughters Jill and Ted Harju live in Phoenix, Oregon, Julie and Robin Wicklander reside in Troutdale, Oregon; living in West Linn, Oregon is her son Jay and Kim Guthrie.  She was also blessed with four granddaughters, four grandsons, and one great-grandson as well as various nieces and nephews.  Preceding her in death were her parents and infant son Brian Curtis Guthrie.

Disposition was by cremation, with a private interment.  At Lauradele’s request there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers and cards for the family, they are requesting that memorial donations in Lauradele’s name may be made to the Altrusa Scholarship Fund in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, 336 SW Dorion Ave, Pendleton, Oregon 97801.  Friends and relatives are invited to sign the online guestbook at

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John Fallgren
   Posted Thu March 26, 2015
So many fond memories of visiting the Guthrie household as a child growing up. Lauradele, such a warm, gracious and loving hostess.

Don, Jill, Julie, Jay and family, my deepest condolences. Your wonderful matriarch will be missed dearly by all who made her acquaintance.

God bless you all, John

Debbie Merrill
   Posted Thu March 26, 2015
I was saddened to hear of the passing of your mother. I remember meeting her at your house in Pendleton and her smile was so endearing.
I am thankful she had a wonderful daughter, who became my friend.
Thoughts and prayers and with you and your family,

Mike and Marsha Stipe
   Posted Thu March 26, 2015
We were deeply saddened to hear of Lauradele's passing. She was a loyal and dedicated employee of our business, Express Employment Professionals, for 26 years before retiring. Prior to working for us, she was one of the first customers we had after founding Pendleton Book Company in 1977. She was responsible for so much of our business success and played a huge part in helping so many people find meaningful work, as well as helping employers find quality staff. She was extremely dedicated as well as always encouraging us through the years. She loved Altrusa, The Roundup, and the Downtown Merchant group.

We'll miss her.

Mike and Marsha Stipe

linda horn
   Posted Thu March 26, 2015
Jay, I would like to express my sympathy to you and your family, in your loss. Jay, your mom was such a sweet lady. She never came through my line at the grocery store that she didn't have a smile on her face. It was always a pleasure to see her. Again please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of your loved one.

Pat McClintock
   Posted Fri March 27, 2015
Don and Family, Gale and I send our condolences to you all. Lauradele was my friend from way back in the 70s; I loved her positive attitude and the twinkle in her eye. She was so brave through all of her illnesses over the past few years - I'm sure that positive attitude kept her going for a long time.

Altrusa and the Birthday Group will all miss her dearly - sandwiches at the bazaar just won't be the same.

Lori Rosenberg Davis
   Posted Fri March 27, 2015
Guthrie family. We are so very sad to hear about Lauradele. We had lots of fun growing up together. we shared many exciting adventures. It was always fun hanging out with you guys. I remember swimming and laughing a lot. Lauradele had a great giggle. She was a terrific lady.
Best wishes always, Lori Rosenberg Davis, Tera Rosenberg Longhorn, Lisa Rosenberg Whitsett.

June Rosenberg
   Posted Fri March 27, 2015
Don, Jill, Julie, and Jay..
we met you guys in 1967, I believe.
I have so many good memories of Lauradele.....many wonderful times together as we were living the life as neighbors and instantly became fast friends in our little neighborhood on Kirk Srteet. After we moved to Umatilla/Hermiston...You guys were there to help us move and we were in on a lot of adventures together....Bowling, Halloween parties, Camping, Portland, the Beach, swimming.
she was truly a "gamer" we played "pig in the Garden" I think more often then you kids; and her wonderful giggle, I loved to make her laugh....and a Cowboy fan "for sure".... We watched many Super-bowls together...I lost track of how many we watched in a row but we started with #1. She kept me up to date on how you were all doing throughout the years and as you know she was a very proud mom and grandma. She was a keeper and I will forever keep my love and memories for her. Sorry I didn't get to see her this past year..... did visit a time or two via phone or text; she always seemed positive. Sorry to lose her... please keep in touch ...Love You.
June Rosenberg

Keith & Mary Harris
   Posted Sun March 29, 2015
Deepest sympathy to the Guthrie Family. Tim & Mike Harris made many visits to the Guthrie household and Lauradele was always up for company and the busy teenagers lifestyle. We enjoyed many Round-Up parties with Don & Lauradele's complete family in attendance. Lauradele was always a kind, generous and patient person. God bless her and the family.

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Wed April 01, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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