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Rose M. Groshong

January 24, 1942 ~ March 13, 2021 (age 79)


Rose Marie Champagne May Groshong January 24, 1942-March 13, 2021 Marie passed away at her home surrounded by her husband or 60 years, Dean, her sister, Bonnie, her daughters, Kathryn and Rebecca, son-laws David and Jim and her grandchildren, Katie, Chris and Becky, in the morning of March 13, 2021. Marie, 79, was born in a wood shed in Gold Bar, Washington, to parents, Bernice and Norman Champagne, during WW II. She grew up in Gold Bar, Everett, and Snohomish, Washington, close to her beloved grandparents, Harley and Mazie Mores. She started high school in 1955 at Triangle Lake, Oregon, where she met her future husband, Dean Groshong. They married on August 6, 1960. They welcomed Kathryn in 1964 and Rebecca in 1968. Marie started her education at the Eugene Business College learning shorthand when she was 17 and ended at Western Oregon University with a Masters in Education and Computers. Her career included working for Parole and Probation, teaching many years of Red Cross swimming lessons, managing several aquatic centers, Director of The Oregon Parks and Recreations Department and her career ended as a 5th grade teacher at Sunset Elementary School for more than 20 years! She enjoyed traveling with her daughters and grandchildren to Mexico, Spain and the East Coast. She was an accomplished seamstress, artist, a cake decorator for numerous weddings. She was an excellent pitcher on the women’s softball team in Bend and rode her bike from Bend to Redmond often. She once rode her bike from the top of Santiam Pass to the Oregon Coast. Marie and Dean spent many summers camping, water skiing, and visiting friends and family. She was a life long member of the First Christian Church, a youth director in Bend and as an Elder and Chair of the Board in Pendleton. She was a Campfire leader, taught Anger Management classes at EOCI, and a member of the National Education Association Marie was preceded in death by her grandparents Harley and Mazie Mores, mother Bernice May, father Norman Champagne, step-father James May, Brother Paul May, and step-mother Lillian Champagne. She is survived by her husband Dean Groshong, her daughters Kathryn Youngman (Jim Youngman), Rebecca Barlow (David Barlow), grandchildren Katie Groshong, Becky and Chris Youngman, and her sister Bonnie Burnett and, numerous nieces. A celebration of life will take place at a later date at the Pendleton First Christian Church. A special thank you to Dr. Libby and her staff. In lieu of flowers, donation made to the First Christian Church, 215. Main Street, Pendleton or

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