Dagmar G. (Mueller) West

Born: Thu., Mar. 25, 1954
Died: Fri., Mar. 8, 2019

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Dagmar Gabriele West, Maiden name of Muller, lived in Pendleton, Oregon. She passed on March 8, 2019, at her home in Pendleton, Oregon. She was born on March 25, 1954, in Altenburg, Germany to Heinz Muller (deceased) and Ruth (Rose) Krekel (deceased). She lived in Frankfurt, Germany; Anchorage, Alaska; Fort Lewis, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Long Creek, Oregon; and Pendleton, Oregon. Dagmar was married to Edward West on August 7, 1970; it was “love at first sight”. Edward told his Army buddy when she walked through the door of the discotheque in Germany, “that’s the girl I’m going to marry”. They hadn’t even met yet. Dagmar worked at the Pendleton Woolen Mills in Pendleton, Oregon, for about eight years. While living in Long Creek, Oregon, she worked at the Mt. Inn Restaurant and then years later as the cemetery secretary. When her family moved back to Pendleton she worked for Wal-Mart prior to their Grand Opening and then as a cashier upon the opening of the store. She also was a Tupperware saleswoman, and was a natural born salesperson since she was so sociable. One of Dagmar’s proudest moments, was gaining her United States citizenship. She and her family attended the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service ceremony in 1998. Her road to citizenship started when she was three years old and escaped from East Germany with her mother and sister. She held onto her German Citizenship in hopes of seeing her father who remained in East Germany. She was able to see her father in Germany 1991, after the Berlin Wall had come down. Dagmar started having a tremendous amount of medical issues in 2001 unfortunately. She went to the emergency room April 2001 for gallstones and left the hospital September 2001 without a hip joint making her left leg 2 inches shorter. She endured a multitude of medical issues that year going from hospitals to rehab centers, then finally home. During that time, she was in a coma for about a week and her family didn’t know if she would survive. Her children called her their “miracle mom” after that. Later, routine dialysis treatments three days a week became part of her life starting in 2009, but it didn’t rule it. Dagmar and her husband still enjoyed camping, four wheeling, crocheting, playing bingo, and visiting friends and family. She loved to crochet scarves, potholders, and other items as gifts for friends and family. Over the years, she earned many Blue Ribbons, including a “Best of Show” at the Grant County Fair for her handmade crafts. She would donate just about anything to help others (time, money, food, clothing, pet food to the animal shelter, smiles and cheer). She gave a homeless man odd jobs to help him earn money; another time she gave a stranger a ride. She was never afraid to speak her mind or trust a stranger. Dagmar wasn’t just a sister-in-law to her husband’s family; they treated her like one of their own. She opened her home to multiple family members over the years when they needed help. The West family always enjoyed themselves, playing jokes on each other, playing card games, dice, bingo, and many more. Her mother-in-law taught her to drive, cook, play pinochle and bingo; they became very good friends. Her husband and children were her pride and joy and also her two cats. She is survived by her: husband, Edward West of Pendleton, Oregon; daughter, Christina West of Lake Oswego, Oregon; daughter, Tammy Gordon and her husband, Garold Gordon of La Grande, Oregon. Sister, Beate Ellis of Germany; sister, Gabriele Bannert of Germany; and brother, Holger Krekel of Germany. She was preceded in death by her father, Heinz Muller of Germany; mother, Ruth (Rose) Krekel of Germany; and brother, Reiner Muller of Germany. The Celebration of Life will be sometime this Spring, in Pendleton and will be announced at a later date. Donations can be made in memory of Dagmar to either the National Kidney Foundation at https://www.kidney.org/ or the American Diabetes Association at https://donations.diabetes.org/site/Donation2?df_id=18806&18806.donation=form1 .

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   Posted Mon March 11, 2019
Dagmar fought so hard for so many years, I know it is so tough on the family and friends, but her fight is over and she can rest now.
The family is in my thoughts and prayers, cherish all the wonderful memories. Lana

   Posted Wed March 13, 2019
I will miss you so much … you will always be my cherished friend/and part of my family in my heart

Melissa Cree
   Posted Wed March 13, 2019
I will miss our summer fun get togethers and I will miss Dagmar's amazing laugh and sense of humor.

Roger & Deb Montee
   Posted Wed March 13, 2019
Sorry to hear about your loss. May your wife rest in peace.
Our prayers are with you and your Family.

Danny and Sherri West
   Posted Wed March 13, 2019
Dagmar is a funny, generous soul that is a wonderful and welcome addition to heaven. Most will go unaware of her kindness and generosity to those less fortunate over the years. She is surely missed.

Clancy Kilburn
   Posted Fri March 15, 2019
My sincere condolences to all of her family. I can only imagine the deep sense of loss each must be feeling. She was a fierce fighter and inspiration to all who knew her. She showed us how to battle debilitating illness with grace and dignity, all the while maintaining her unwavering faith. Our loss is most certainly Heven's gain.

Monica (Marie) Bryant
   Posted Fri March 15, 2019
Such a wonderful lady! She will be missed by so many people! Dagmar gave me my first "away from home" babysitting job! Christy and Tammy were just babies and she trusted ME to take care of them! I will never forget how good she made me feel ❤ As a special treat that summer, she took me to see my first Billy Jack movie.... just me and her.... Such a special time in my life! Dagmar will forever hold a special place in my heart.... my beautiful Aunt Dagmar, I love you ❤

Shelby manderscheid
   Posted Fri March 15, 2019
So sorry to here of dagmars passing. Now she is flying with the angles watching down ln you all pain free. Sending prayers to you all.

Lisa Ann
   Posted Fri March 15, 2019
I’m going to miss Aunt Dagmar’s laugh, so much! She always found humor in a situation. She made me feel happy to be in her presence. Although, there was one time that she was quite upset with Tammy and I for “car dancing “ when Footloose came on the radio! She was one of the strongest women that I’ve known. I’m so thankful for having had the honor of having her in our family.

Stephanie Jensen
   Posted Sat March 16, 2019
There are no words ease the grief, but grief comes because there was great love. Aunt Dagmar always had a smile on her face and an infectious laugh I could listen to forever. I loved her accent and wanted to hang on her every word. She had a beautiful affect on everyone she met.

Sigurd Mueller
   Posted Sun March 24, 2019
Dear Edward,
it`s been a long time that we have met Dagmar and you in Altenburg. It was nice to have you here. We would like to express our sympathy to you and your daughters and wish you to find the fortitude to get trough the next time.
Our thoughts are with you.
Warm regards from Altenburg / Germany: Sigurd with his wife Brita and daughters Isa-Marie & Helene, Randolf with daughters Saskia & Anja

Glenda & Jake Nash
   Posted Mon March 25, 2019
Dagmar you will be missed , she was a great Beautiful lady & friend will never forget the last visit we had with you & Ed at the Bazaar & u were shoping for your beautiful daughters Christy & Tammy .you will be forever remembered. Tell my beautiful daughter Tricia Hi with our love ...you are in a better place & pain is gone for you Beautiful Angel ..RIP💟🙏

Glenda & Jake Nash
   Posted Mon March 25, 2019
Dagmar you will be missed , she was a great Beautiful lady & friend will never forget the last visit we had with you & Ed at the Bazaar & u were shoping for your beautiful daughters Christy & Tammy .you will be forever remembered. Tell my beautiful daughter Tricia Hi with our love ...you are in a better place & pain is gone for you Beautiful Angel ..RIP💟🙏

Sherry (Balsiger) Gilstad
   Posted Mon March 25, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss! May your memories help get you through the days and nights. I never knew Dagmars story, what a lot she went through. Wish I could have met her. Hugs and prayers to all of you 💞

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