Elma Mae (Campbell) Straughan

Born: Mon., Dec. 5, 1927
Died: Sun., Jan. 31, 2016

Lunch Following Service

Graveside Service

1:00 PM Fri., Feb. 05, 2016
Location: Olney Cemetery

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Elma Mae Campbell Straughan


December 5, 1927-January 31, 2016

Elma Mae Campbell Straughan, a longtime resident of Pendleton died with her family at her side on the morning of January 31, 2016. She was 88 years old. Graveside Services will be held at Olney Cemetery on Friday, February 5 at 1:00 PM.  Following the service, all are welcome to a gathering at St. Mary’s Church.  Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements.

Elma was born December 5, 1927 to Russell and Alvina Reiber Campbell in Huntington, Oregon. Later the family moved to Pendleton. She graduated from Pendleton High School and Saint Anthony’s School of Nursing.  

Elma married John E. Straughan on February 9, 1948, and together they began a life together on their family farm.  Along with helping on the farm and raising four children, she was involved with multiple clubs and organizations.  She volunteered for many years at Red Cross blood drives, St. Anthony’s gift shop, events at St. Andrews Mission and Roundup Republican Women.  She was also involved with the St. Anthony School of Nursing Alumni, St. Anthony Auxiliary, Catholic Daughters, Umatilla County Historical Society, Oregon Nurses Association and American Nurses Association.

 John and Elma enjoyed making annual trips to the Oregon coast.  They also made a trip to Scotland to research John’s ancestry.  Additionally, Elma made trips to Egypt, Middle East, Rome and Australia.

Elma is survived by her husband John E. Straughan; sisters, Alvina Vaughan of Renton, Wa. and Daphna Beldon of Colorado; sons John R. Straughan (Joey), and Patrick C. Straughan (Kim); daughters, Christine Straughan of Pendleton; and  Rosemary Eye (Bill) of Rancho Cordova, CA; along with five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Elma was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Ella Campbell of St. Louis, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that contribution be made to the Umatilla County Historical Society.

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Jane Shattuck Simpson
   Posted Tue February 09, 2016
Chris and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I only briefly met your mother back in college, I have found memories of the time I spent with your family. Jane

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Wed February 10, 2016
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Cynthia (Bloom) Wetzel
   Posted Wed February 10, 2016
Chris and family, I am saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. She was such an important member of the community and will be remembered and missed by so many. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Judy Bruce
   Posted Wed February 10, 2016
Chris and family, sending my thoughts, prayers and hope that you find peace. Take care and I am thinking about you.

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