Charlene E. (Parham) Davis

Born: Thu., Apr. 15, 1943
Died: Tue., Feb. 2, 2016

Celebration of Life Gathering

11:00 AM Sat., Jun. 11, 2016
Location: Emigrant Springs Park - Community Building

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Charlene E. Davis

April 15, 1943 – February 2, 2016


Charlene E. Davis – a resident of Meacham passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton.  She was 72 years old.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, June 11th, 2016, at 11:00 AM at the Emigrant Springs Community Building at Emigrant Springs State Park near Meacham, Oregon, with a potluck luncheon to follow.  Sign the online condolence book at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton handled arrangements.

Charlene was born April 15, 1943, to Ed and Joyce E. (Bonnell) Parham in Tacoma, Washington.  She was raised and attended schools in Bethel, WA, and graduated from Bethel High School. 

She married Earl Papineau in Sumner, WA, in November of 1962, they made their home in Lexington, OR.  The couple had two sons, Dale and Dennis Papineau.  Dale preceded her in death at the age of three.  She and Earl later divorced.  She later married Walter Davis on April 1, 1995.  They made their home in Meacham, Oregon. 

Charlene had worked a multitude of jobs, from ranching to construction to secretarial, she also worked as a professional race horse trainer.  She also worked for the Pendleton Underground Tours as a tour guide, and for KUMA Radio in advertising. 

She was a member of the Lexington Grange, and later the Meacham Mountain Ladies Club.  She was a member of the Spout Springs Repeater Association, and was very active in Ham Radio and Emergency Communication.  Her call sign was KC7RQF, “Real Quiet Female”.  She enjoyed hunting and fishing as well as photography.  She loved nature and being in the mountains.  She really enjoyed the deer and turkeys that visited her yard year round. 

Charlene is survived by her husband Walt Davis of Meacham, OR, her son Dennis Papineau & wife Tanya of Athena, OR, grandchildren: Kari Papineau of Pilot Rock, OR, and Gregory, Levi, Curtis and Calvin Papineau of Athena, OR, step-children Sam Westover of Pendleton, OR, Jack & Cheryl Davis of Pendleton, OR, Dale Davis of Elgin, OR, Susan Langley of Springfield, OR, and Patty Whitteker of Lakeside, OR, step-grandchildren: Kyra & Keenan Davis of Pendleton, OR, Jennifer Westover of Las Vegas, NV, Wyatt & Jennifer Davis of Pilot Rock, OR, Sonny Vickroy, Adrian Cooley, Bobby Sue Stecht and Tracy Heinz, many nieces and nephews as well as several aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ed and Joyce Parham, her sisters Bethina Delmas of Roy, WA, and Nancy Whisnant of Oroville, WA, and her son, Dale Papineau.  

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denton sprague
   Posted Wed February 03, 2016
my wife, Vivian, and I are so sorry to see that Charlene has passed on...we will miss her a lot.
Her endeavors in amateur radio has brought insight and good contacts to all of her ham friends.
Rest in Peace, Charlene Davis, KC7RF, now a silent key.

edith earl papineau
   Posted Thu February 04, 2016
Truly sorry for your lost just want to thank her for giving us a wonderful son and sweet daughter inlaw and five really nice grandkids hugs from Earl Edith Papineau

Mark Tharp
   Posted Thu February 04, 2016
Very sad to hear the news. Charlene was a big supporter of Amateur Radio in the northwest, and I am glad to have called her a friend.

Ron S
   Posted Thu February 04, 2016
We will miss hearing Charlene "Grandma" on the air. We always enjoyed talking with her and the world was blessed with her kindness. I still have the bracelet she made me about 20 years ago.


Dana Simsen KC7IEC
   Posted Thu February 04, 2016
She was the biggest name in ham radio in the Northwest. She will be sorely missed.

Tim Dove
   Posted Thu February 04, 2016
A very warm lady with a great sense of humor.

Tim Dove, W3LWG

Ed Zeiser
   Posted Thu February 04, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the "Really Quiet Female."


William Riley
   Posted Thu February 04, 2016
Charlene brought a breath of fresh air to Ham Radio. Always smiling and making new friends, she will be missed, but leaves many pleasant memories. 73s & 88s Charlene from W0BWW

   Posted Thu February 04, 2016
I remember she was a friend to new and old hams and an inspiration to YL's and XYL's.

Kay Wetherbee
   Posted Fri February 05, 2016
Charlene has been my friend for 65+ years, a friendship that began in grade school. I will miss her so very much.

Kay in Tacoma

Vicki Davis Fjeldsted
   Posted Sat February 06, 2016
So sorry for your loss, Uncle Walt. I really enjoyed all the pictures of the animals and the pictures of you on the mountain that Charlene took and posted. Loved reading her emails and getting updates on you. She was a sweet lady and I know you will miss her greatly.
Love ya, your niece, Vicki and all her family, Larry, Keith, Josie, Dena, Molly, Annette, and Hilary, and their families.

bob & anita wies
   Posted Sun February 07, 2016
well walt and family: sure sorry to hear of the loss that you have had. may the good lord have a place for her at his ham shack, she will be the greatest for all. love you guys, kd7jrf [bob]

Mike & Carol Tesky
   Posted Tue February 09, 2016
Charlene, Grandma Chipmunk. you will be missed by all. You were a mother, and grand mother to many. Even many who were not related. Your kindness to humans and birds and animals alike. Thank you for being a part of our lives and our sons life. May God Bless and be with you and your family. Until we meet again.

Mike & Carol Tesky KC7CCK KE7AUP

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

Barry Burnett KC7MPM
   Posted Sat February 13, 2016
I knew Charlene since 1997 and we e-mailed back and forth regularly.
Visited the Davis family several times. She will be greatly missed.

Rest in peace my friend.

Jamie and Darci Calhoun KD7PIB KE7JEZ
   Posted Wed February 17, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Walt and Charlene's family. We will miss listening to you on the NET, will miss your giggle every time you gave your call sign and the "Really Quiet Female" to phonetically announce your sign. May you always look over us crazy hams and smile when we do you proud!

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Thu February 18, 2016
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Marcy Willingham
   Posted Wed February 24, 2016
I will always have fond memories of Charlene. We have had many conversations over the years - I will always remember her as the Feisty Mountain Woman of Mecham who loved to laugh and had a big heart. Rest in Peace Charlene and pray for healing for Walt and family during this time of loss.

Sandy Lee
   Posted Sun February 28, 2016
She married my Uncle Walt at the perfect time in their lives. I'm so happy that she brought Walt such joy. She will be missed.

Greg & Lois Phillips
   Posted Tue March 01, 2016
Friends in Meacham for 25 years. We'll miss you Charlene. 73's to our silent key.

Roxanne Jenkins
   Posted Tue June 07, 2016
Walt I am truly sorry for your loss of Charlene, I din't know she had passed, we have been thinking about you guys for a while, if there is anything we can do for you please let us know. I loved Charlene she was one of the happiest people I have ever known, met her while I was shopping at Bi-Mart at Pendleton when I first moved there in 1991 I think, she asked me a question and we started a wonderful friendship then she married you and we had some great times in your old cabin. I am going to miss her sending you our love,
Roxanne and Don Jenkins

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