Mary R. Ford

Born: Wed., Nov. 29, 1922
Died: Thu., Aug. 20, 2020


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Mary Rachel “Eva” Shelly Ford of Pendleton, age 97 passed away on August 20, 2020 in Pendleton, Oregon. Eva Ford, the youngest of thirteen children, was born November 29, 1922 in Springfield, MO to Thomas and Rosie (Skaggs) Shelly. Eva met William “Bill” Ford when she was 15 and they were married October 1, 1938 in Bendavis, Missouri. Their only child Jack was born in Jefferson City, Missouri where they lived and worked on a dairy farm. They tired of the long working days and felt trapped to the cows and decided to head out west where there were new opportunities. They first headed to Okanogan, Washington where an aunt lived and had promised “plenty of work in the fruit orchards” but about starved to death. In 1945 they came to Pendleton, Oregon where Bill found several jobs and soon went to work for the city of Pendleton as a Police Officer. Later he transferred to City Maintenance Department. Eva was a stay at home mother and when Jack got older, she cleaned homes for others many years until her retirement. Eva took great pride in her cleaning skills and her clients said “you could eat off the floors she cleaned”. She probably had the cleanest house in Pendleton as she would get up by 4:00 am every day and clean house from top to bottom and then go to clean her clients’ homes. Eva and Bill loved to go camping in their travel trailer about every weekend when the weather was good. They met and made many friends on these campouts often at Plymouth Park in Washington where they served as camp hosts. Eva loved to laugh and is remembered by her great sense of humor along with the pranks she loved to play on friends. She loved to tell stories recounting her escapades. She leaves to mourn her passing her d4ear friend and companion, Gene Cassens with whom she enjoyed taking walks and go out to eat. Eva was preceded in death by her husband Bill Ford and son Jack, parents and siblings and many friends. At Eva’s request there will be no funeral service. A private interment will be held in Olney Cemetery.

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