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March 26, 1920 to April 18, 2018 - Magdalene (Midge) Wales passed away on April 18th, 2018.

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.

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