Obituaries for week of June 13, 2012
- Madras Pioneer - Sports
> Leona M. Gridley
March 31, 1937 - June 3, 2012
Former Madras resident Leona M. Gridley, of Redmond, passed away peacefully in her home on June 3, 2012.
Leona was born to Delmar and Eleanora Pepperling on March 31, 1937. She grew up in Sisters, and graduated from Sisters High School, where she met the love of her life and future husband, David Gridley. She was Sisters' May Day Queen, and participated in cheerleading, majorettes, choir, theater and dance.
Leona and David were married on Dec. 18, 1954. They raised four children in Madras, moving them to Redmond in 1972.
Leona was an avid sports fan, following all of her children and grandchildren in football, baseball, cheerleading, gymnastics and basketball. She enjoyed participating in bowling leagues with David. Leona also had a special place in her heart for her cats, Miss and Sophie.
Family members describe Leona as the "thread that tied the family together," as her warm spirit and home always brought relatives and friends together from far and wide. She was affectionately known as "Mother Tums" to all. She will be greatly missed by family, friends and the Redmond community.
Survivors include her four children, Mickey Gridley of Seattle, Wash., his wife, Michelle and children Madison and Mac; Victoria Grensky of Jacksonville, Ore., her husband Ron, and children Lexi, Jillian and Christian; Bob Gridley of The Dalles, his wife Jan and son Bo; and Steven Gridley of Tasmania, Australia, his wife Jacqui and children Sarah Kate and Jason. Also, great-granddaughter Emma Grace; sisters, Chris Dickens, Crystal Burton and Lydia Pepperling; and brother, Bruce Pepperling.
Leona was preceded in death by her husband, as well as both of her parents, and her brother Gary.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 9, at 10 a.m., at Autumn Funerals, 485 N.W. Larch Ave., Redmond, with a graveside service to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to your local Humane Society.
November 23, 1948 - February 11, 2012
Former Madras resident David Ludwig of Noti, Ore., passed away Feb. 11, 2012 at the age of 63. Memorial services were held May 27, in Noti.
Louise H. Oliver
May 23, 1922 - May 21, 2012
Former Madras resident Louise H. Oliver, passed away May 21, 2012, at NHC Healthcare in St. Louis, Mo., at the age of 89.
Louise was born May 23, 1922, to Isabelle Ellen Greig and Lindsay Lewellyn Hale, the second of eight children. She grew up in Phelps County, Mo., and graduated from high school in Sullivan, Mo., in 1939.
Following high school, Louise moved to St. Louis, living with a friend's family and worked for the federal government until she married Bill Long in 1942.
in 1945, following Bill's return from service in the Pacific, Louise and Bill started their family, having son William Gary Long. Three years later, they had twin sons, Donald Thomas Long and Robert Michael Long, and seven years later, their daughter Carol Louise Long.
In 1965, Bill Long died suddenly at the age of 48, and Louise was faced with supporting the family. She returned to civil service work at the Records Center in St. Louis, where she met Robert Oliver. They were married in 1969.
In 1972, after Robert's retirement, Robert, Louise and Carol moved to Dana Point, Calif, where Louise worked for the Social Security Department until her retirement in 1986.
Louise held a membership in the Methodist Church in Capistrano Beach, where she attended Bible studies and many women's groups.
In retirement, she and Bob enjoyed traveling around the country visiting family and friends. Embroidery, crocheting, and making many beautiful quilts and blankets were favorite pastimes. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed having family meals often. She also had a green thumb and loved to garden in hr backyard. Robert and Louise were members of their local Shriners group and volunteered for Shriners events that benefited children's hospitals.
In 1998, Robert passed away from a long illness, and in 2000, Louise moved to Madras to be near her son Donald Long and his wife Margie. She lived independently in her own home on Lorraine Street, Madras, and had many friends here.
In 2005, she moved to St. Louis, living in west St. Louis County near Bob and Susan Long. She lived independently at a residential care center, the Fountains of West County, until her health failed in November 2011.
Survivors include three sons and their wives; one daughter and her husband; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers and their wives; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service was held May 29, at the Schrader Chapel in Ballwin, Mo., followed by a graveside service and interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.