Magdalene (Midge) Wales
Magdalene (Midge) Wales passed away on
April 18th, 2018 at Kelly Creek Adult Care Home
in Gresham, Oregon at the age of 98. She was born
on March 26, 1920 in Portland, Oregon to Joseph
and Mary Canich and joined her brother, Michael,
and sister, Mary. Her brother John completed the
family. She attended Holy Rosary Catholic School
and spent two years in high school before leaving
due to family matters. When World War II started,
Midge began working at the shipyards in General
Stores and even did plane spotting. After the war,
she started working at Eastman Kodak where she
met future husband, Robert Wales. They were
married on February 2, 1947 and welcomed their
only child, daughter Joan, on December 15, 1949
(her sister Mary's birthday). She then became a
full-time homemaker and devoted mother.
Her fondest memories were of the many
camping trips she and Bob took in their Conestoga
camper to many different areas in the Northwest.
In 1977, they moved to East County to be nearer
to Joan and her husband, Bill. But Bob died in
1980 and Midge never remarried. So in 1985, she,
Joanie and Bill built on to their house in Gresham
and Midge moved in. Until 2001, she walked five
days a week from the house to downtown Gresham
and knew almost everyone in between. She never
learned to drive and said everyone should be
grateful for that!
Midge had many interests: gardening, reading,
music, rock collecting, golf (even though she
never played a day in her life) and the news. As
she admitted, she had an addiction to the news
(especially CNN). But one of things she loved
most was feeding the squirrel population in Bella
Vista Park. There was only one name for every
squirrel and that was "George".
An incredibly healthy woman for most of her
life, she started to have age related problems in the
early 2000's. Hip replacement and colon surgery
basically put an end to her walking, except to
the park. In December of 2017 she fell at home
and stayed in the hospital and skilled nursing for
almost a month. In January of 2018 she went to
live at Kelly Creek where she passed away in April.
They family would like to offer their heartfelt
thanks and gratitude to Elisabeth, Daniel, and
Zena at Kelly Creek for their gentle and loving
care. It would be difficult to find a better place
for a person to be at that stage of life. And many
thanks to the wonderful staff from Providence
Hospice: nurses Carrie and Michelle, Social
Services Lynette, and Rev. Wilfred. Their visits
provided excellent physical and spiritual assistance
that she appreciated so much.
Midge passed away on Wednesday, April 18th,
with her daughter by her side. She is survived by her
daughter, Joan Wales Humbert, and beloved niece
and nephew, Marida M. Torrey and Michael Torrey
(Marlene) and all her wonderful neighborhood and
family friends she made through the years.
Midge joined her husband at Willamette
National Cemetery in a private family ceremony
held on May 2nd.