Martha Helen (Ward) Magoon

Born: Wed., Oct. 23, 1929
Died: Wed., Nov. 2, 2016

Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sun., Nov. 20, 2016
Location: Oregon Trail Manor

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Martha Helen Magoon


October 23, 1929 – November 2, 2016

Martha Helen Magoon died Tuesday, November 2, 2016, in Pendleton, Oregon after a long illness.  She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 23, 1929 to Doris and Larry Ward.  She was the third of five children.  Her father Larry was disabled in WWI.  Martha spoke often of the hardships of her childhood and of her mother, who worked tirelessly to provide for and keep the family together. 

When Martha was a teen, her family moved to Oregon, where she graduated from high school at St. Helens, Oregon. She met and married Frank Porter while she and her family worked on his family’s hop farm in Keiser, OR, near Salem. They moved to Umatilla County where they both worked at Ordnance, Martha worked as a switchboard operator.  She and Frank later joined his parents, working and living on a small farm on the Loop Road near Stanfield.  It was there that they had their four children.  In 1960, the family left the farm and moved to Echo.  Martha worked for a short time at the (then) State Hospital in Pendleton. 

After she divorced, Martha met and married Elton L. Fraser. They moved to Stanfield, and had another child.  During this time she worked various jobs, mostly in food service.  In 1970, she married Bill L. Magoon, and they resided in Umatilla Co. and Jackson Co. They traveled extensively, and were able to visit many places in the states.  Bill died in October 2001.

Martha is survived by 5 children, Linda Mills, Rita Porter, Kellie (Jeff) Williams, Fritz Alan (Sharyn) Porter, and Lee (Marie) Fraser, 20 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Carl (Lydia Ann) Ward, Betty Jo (Chuck) Jaehne, Jerry (Kathleen) Ward, and Eva (Bill) Kasch.  The family is extremely appreciative to her caregivers, Penny Wicklander, Bobbie Ables, and Lucy Argueta. They also are very grateful of the care that Martha and the family received at the end of her life from the dedicated and sensitive staff at St. Anthony Hospital.  A celebration of her life will be held at 1:00pm, on November 20, 2016 at the Oregon Trail Manor in Pendleton. You may send condolences at

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Ruth Kinnison
   Posted Fri November 04, 2016
I was sad to see in the paper about Martha's passing. My sympathy for you loss. I knew Martha about ten years and she always had a happy greeting for me. I had moved away a few months ago so didn't know she was ailing.

Ruth Kinnison

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