Virginia LaVelle Sether

January 3, 1930 - July 12, 2014 -

Virgina La Velle SetherBorn January 3, 1930, daughter of Nina and James Hanhart, passed away on July 12, 2014 at age 84. Virginia was born in Oregon City and spent her youth in Beavercreek, Dickie Prairie, Cottage Grove and finally Molalla. Virginia La Velle SetherShe graduated from Molalla High School in 1948. In 1949 she married Merle ­Raymond Sether at Zoar Lutheran Church in Canby, ­Oregon.

Throughout their 63 years of marriage, they farmed ­hundreds of acres of crops, raised turkeys, hatching eggs, sheep and cattle in the Yoder area. Virginia worked long hours cleaning turkey eggs, helping maintain the farm and organizing the household. She enjoyed being around ­animals. She appreciated camping trips, especially the ones to the beach. Virginia also went on many adventures throughout the back-roads and paths of Oregon with her family. Digging clams, fishing, and finding gems and rocks were her and Raymond’s pastimes. She loved to cook and can fruits and vegetables. She also gained the title “The best baker around.” Her gardens consisted of beautiful flowers that she would sell to the market and raising healthy food for her family. She was a people ­person who was generous with her time, making genuine friends. Foremost, Virginia was a devoted Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. She would create fun ­educational activities with her family.

During her life, Virginia was active in the Zoar Lutheran Church, being one of the quilt ladies, school organizations and in the ladies auxiliaries of The Oregon Turkey ­Growers, Oregon Sheep Growers, the Cattleman’s ­Association and for years she was the friendly face at the local voting polls. She was also a member of the Oak ­Rebekah Lodge, a branch of the Independent Order of Odd ­Fellows, where she had served in many lodge officer ­positions, including Noble Grand.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Merle “Raymond” Sether in July of 2013. She is survived by son, James and wife Jonelle Sether of Salem; daughter, Dr. Diane Sether and husband Mark Houston of Kaneohe, Hawaii; granddaughter Tracy Steenerson and her husband Tom of Canby; grandson Scott Sether and his wife Torri of Molalla, and two wonderful great-grand children.

A private graveside service will be held on July 26, 2014 at 9:30 A.M. at Zion Memorial Park Cemetery in Canby, Oregon. All are welcome to a ­Celebration of Life at 11:00 A.M. ­followed by a luncheon at Zoar Lutheran Church in Canby. Memorial contributions can be made to Zoar Church Building Fund or the charity of your choice.