Lillian E. Bishop
by:  Lillian E. Bishop

Most recently a Westmoreland Union Manor resident, Lillian E. Bishop died on September 22 at the age of 90. She was born Lillian Eliza Thurston on December 13, 1920, to William H. Thurston and Violet Beatrice Oglesbee Thurston in Salem, and grew up on a farm near the small Willamette Valley town of Suver; her father's family emigrated around 1900 from Eastern Canada to the Willamette Valley, and they were dairy farmers, and also had a fruit tree orchard, vegetable gardens, and other crops.

Lillian met her future husband, Richard L. Bishop, at a logging camp in the Cascades, where she was doing laundry at the age of 16. The couple was married on August 7, 1938, on the farm where she had grown up. They moved to Sellwood, in Portland, shortly afterward. After raising their children Gary and Evy and seeing them leave home, the couple moved from their Sellwood house to a smaller bungalow in Westmoreland. After the death of Richard in 2005, just a week shy of his 93rd birthday, Lilliam moved into Westmoreland Union Manor.

Lillian is survived by her son Gary Bishop (Joanne); daughter, Evy Bishop; grandsons Brian Bishop (Dawn) and Brent Bishop (Anna); four great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother William T. Thurston. A memorial service was held on October 7th at Wilhelm's Portland Memorial. The family requests that remembrances be directed to the Commerce-Cleveland High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 82898, Portland, 97282-0898, or a charity of your choice.