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*  ANNIE M. WOMACK nee MITCHELL,   Jan. 30, 1914 – Mar. 26, 2011

Womack, Ann M. 97 01/30/1914 03/26/2011 A memorial service for Ann M. Womack will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2011, in St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 11229 N.E. Prescott St., Portland, OR 97230. Born Annie Mitchell in Swansea, Wales, Ann emigrated with her family to the U.S. in 1921. She was raised in Vancouver and graduated in 1932 from Vancouver High School. Ann married Frank M. Womack in 1938 and they were together until his death Feb. 10, 2001. She was a librarian at Mt. Tabor Elementary School and a member of Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Ann is survived by her sister, Edith Mitchell Scott; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Lynn Womack; daughter, Judy Womack Schoeffler; daughter and son-in-law, Pete and Joyce Womack Peterson; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Remembrances may be made to the Japanese Disaster Relief Fund, Mercy Corps from Oregon with Love Fund, P.O. Box 2669, Portland, OR 97208. Arrangements by Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes

*   BERTHA NONA WOMACK PRINCE nee WINTERS,    Sep. 1, 1915 – Feb. 11, 2009

Bertha Nona Winters Womack Prince, 93, of Cove, died peacefully in her sleep Feb. 11 at Cove Cottages in Cove. Services will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. A viewing will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Lovelands. Burial will be at Wallowa Cemetery.

Bertha was born Sept. 1, 1915, to Anna May Beeman and James Ross Winters in Paradise. She was one of 15 children. She married Marley Womack of Wallowa April 21, 1936. They had three children, Janice Kay, Joyce Lee and Vernon Leroy. Marley died suddenly Oct. 29, 1957.

Bertha married Arthur Prince July 25, 1959, in Elgin. He died May 21, 1991. She continued living in Union, working at the Union Preschool, totaling over 20 years. She belonged to the Nazarene Church.

She is survived by daughters, Janice and her husband, Churchel Smith, of Battle Ground, Wash., and Joyce and her husband, Lowell Beeman, of Island City; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; step-sons, Ashley Prince and Marion Prince; step-daughter, Arthene Martin; sisters-in-law, Wanda Bruner and Eva Dern; and brother-in-law Lester Prince. She was preceded in death by nine sisters and four brothers, one son and one granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grande Ronde Hospital, Home Health Hospice, P.O. Box 3290, La Grande 97850.

CLAUDE F.  WOMACK, JR. *  April 1, 1943 - Nov. 8, 2005.

The funeral service for Claude Francis Womack Jr. will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the Memory Gardens Mortuary Chapel. Inurnment will be in the Eagle Point National Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Memory Gardens.

Mr. Womack, 62. of Medford, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005.

He was born on April 1, 1943 in Oregon City, OR. On Dec. 18, 1979 in Medford, he married Roxanne L. Nemec, who survives. They have lived in the Rogue Valley for the past 26 years, moving here from Lincoln City, OR.

Mr. Womack had been a chef at Cafe Dejeuner in Medford.

He enjoyed motorcycles, his grandson and was a big football fan. Mr. Womack served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam.

Survivors in addition to his wife Roxanne, include: two daughters, Heather N. and Monique M. Womack, both Medford; a son, Kristen Womack of Georgia; a grandson, Derek K. Rogers; four brothers, Dave of Christmas Valley, OR; Larry of Portland; Jody of Idaho, and Rick; three sisters, Fran Elliott of Wisconsin, Marty Chandler of Salem, and Jane Womack of Remond.

*  ELBERT WILLIAM WOMACK,   May 29, 1919 – Feb. 2, 2011

Elbert Womack A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. today, Feb. 6, at Santa Clara Church of Christ in Eugene for Elbert William Womack of Eugene, who died Feb. 2 of age-related causes. He was 91. He was born May 29, 1919, in Oklahoma to William and Grace Parker Womack. He married Helen Hayre on March 20, 1938, in Gravette, Ark. She died July 8, 2002. He attended San Jose Bible College and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was retired from Southern Pacific Railroad. Survivors include three sons, Steven of Missouri, Walt of California and Don of California; and 10 grandchildren. A daughter, Sharon Rogers, died previously. Inurnment will be in Arkansas. Arrangements by West Lawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene. Remembrances to Santa Clara Church of Christ missions.

*  FRANKLIN NEAL WOMACK,   Feb. 6, 1933 - Feb. 19, 2009

Troutdale resident Franklin Womack, 76, died Thursday, Feb. 19, at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

A service was held Saturday, Feb. 21, at Cherry Park Presbyterian Church in Troutdale.

Franklin was born Feb. 6, 1933, with his twin sister, Frances, in Klamath Falls to  O. and Lucille (Swan) Womack. He grew up in Langell Valley and graduated from Bonanza High School. He attended the Oregon Institute of Technology. He served in the Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged.

On July 3, 1955, he married Irene Morris and they made their home in the Klamath Basin.

Franklin worked in the logging industry with Weyerhaeuser Company for 37 years. After his retirement, he and his wife moved to the Portland area.

Franklin was an active member of his church, participating in many activities and teaching Sunday school. He enjoyed square dancing and was part of the only group to have danced on Crater Lake’s Wizard Island. He loved spending time with his family on various activities in the Basin.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Gwen Rogers of Kalispell, Mont.; son, Frank Womack of Portland and Ken Womack of Troutdale; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

JENNIFER ANNE “JEN” RAY nee WOMACK,   May 31, 1973 – Aug. 15, 2011 

Jennifer Anne “Jen” Womack, 38, of Astoria, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in Astoria, of breast cancer.

She was born May 31, 1973, in Oregon City, to Thomas and Katherine (Krout) Ray. Her parents survive, residing in Clatskanie. On March 20, 1993, she married Chris Paul Womack in Hammond. He survives, residing in Astoria.

Mrs. Womack was an involved member of the Coastline Christian Fellowship Church.

Family members said she enjoyed traveling around the world with family and friends, and experiencing and learning about different cultures and people.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by two daughters, Patience Kristine and Hope Brianna Womack of Astoria; a son, Christian Carter Womack of Astoria; two grandparents, Henry Wayne and Anna Mae Krout of Portland; a sister, Lisa Marie Ray of Portland; and three brothers, Christopher Knorr Ray of North Vernon, Ind., Andrew Thomas Ray of Portland and Jonathan Edward Ray of Clatskanie.

A memorial will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at the Liberty Theater.

Ocean View Cremation & Burial Service in Astoria is in charge of the arrangements.

Note;  Chris, our prayers are with you and family. RGW

*  JOHN WILLIAM WOMACK,    Jul. 16, 1849 - Oct. 19, 1921

John Womack, one of the first settlers in Wallowa Co., Oregon, died last Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1921 at Wallowa.  The Funeral Services were held at the Lostine Cemetery on Saturday and the pioneer was laid to rest beside his wife who passed away 14 years ago.   Born in Illinois, Mr. Womack was 72 years of age July 16th. He came West in 1875 and stopped first at The Dalles. In 1876, he moved to the new Wallowa Valley, and a year later homesteade on land a mile southwest of the present city of Wallowa. This land still in the family, having been bought two years ago by a son of the pioneer, William Womack.
Mr. Womack was married to Martha J. Thompson after he located in this county. The parents are survived by these children: Mrs. Pearl Richards of Cove, Mrs. Fannie Gillaspey of Minam, Mrs. Bertha Mink of Joseph, William, Osborn, and Marion Womack of Wallowa, Henry Womack of Ferdinand, Idaho and John Womack, address unknown. John was in the Marines during the war and has not settled down yet.

Source: "Womack Genealogy" by Maxine Hulse Tinkham.

*  LEE ROY WOMACK,      Feb. 4, 1918 - Aug. 20, 2006

Lee Roy Womack died on Aug. 20, at Jonathan M. Wainwright VA Medical Center, in Walla Walla, Washington, at the age of 88.

LILLIE MARIE WOMACK nee LOUGH,   Nov. 26, 1922 – Nov. 17, 2007 

HERMISTON — Lillie M. Womack died on Nov. 17, 2007 at home in Hermiston at the age of 84.

She was born on Nov. 26, 1922 in Salem, Mo., to Sterling and Oma Jones Lough.

She was raised and attended schools in Missouri. Lillie married Lee Roy Womack on July 13, 1940 in Texas. They lived in California, Arizona, and Nevada before moving to Boise, Idaho. Lillie worked as a bookkeeper for the dental office of Atkins & Fulwiler for several years until she retired. She moved to Hermiston in May of 2006 and has lived here since. Lillie was a rockhound, enjoyed traveling, rv-ing, reading, and loved her family and her dogs.

She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Huntington, Hermiston, and Carolynne Clark, Boise, Idaho; brother, Bobby Lough, Boise; eight grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandsons.

Lillie was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Roy Womack in 2006; and infant sister, Doris Lough.

A private family service and burial will take place at the Hermiston Cemetery.

Those who wish may make contributions in Lillie's memory to American Diabetes Association at 380 SE Spokane #110, Portland, 97202.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.

*  MORRIS LEE WOMACK,     Jan. 25, 1926 – Oct. 5, 2006 

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2006, in Mountain View Cemetery for Morris Lee Womack, who died Oct. 5 at age 80.

Mr. Womack was born Jan. 25, 1926, in Aline, Okla., and lived in the Portland area most of his life. He served in the Navy during World War II and was a real estate contractor. In 1948, he married Patricia Cooper.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Sandra Lee and Pamela Shaw; sons, Jeffery and John; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Holman, Hankins, Bowker & Waud.

* ROBERT LEE WOMACK,  Nov. 22, 1921 -  June 18, 1999

    Robert Lee Womack, 77, of Kingston died June 18, 1999, at Harrison Hospital.
    He was born Nov. 22, 1921, in Stanfield, Ore., to Lawrence and Mary Womack. He grew up in Lordsberg, N.M.
    Mr. Womack served in the Army from Oct. 9, 1940, to Oct. 9, 1945. He was a corporal, serving in central Europe, Normandy, France, and the African Theater as an airplane armorer.
    His military honors include the European, African and Middle Eastern campaign medals, as well as the American Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
    He married Louise I. Plasmyer on Sept. 27, 1968.
    Mr. Womack owned and operated Bob's Garage in Kingston for five years, retiring in 1983.
    Survivors include his wife; two sons, Robert Womack of Bremerton and Richard Keenan of Spring, Texas; two daughters, Susan Totherow of Arlington, Texas, and Peggie Petteys of Poulsbo; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
    A private family service took place Thursday at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent. Inurnment also was at Tahoma National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Poulsbo Mortuary, The Stone Chapel.

*  ROBERT FRANK WOMACK,    Sep. 28, 1926 – Feb. 4, 2002     

Robert F. Womack, 75, of Wallowa died Feb. 4 at his home. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wallowa Cemetery with Mel Byers officiating.

Mr. Womack was born Sept. 28, 1926, to William and Nellie Pac Womack in Wallowa. He served in the Navy during World War II and married Bethel Larkin on May 27, 1948, in Baker City. He worked as a saw filer.

Survivors include his wife and daughter, Kathy Willett, both of Wallowa, daughters, Sandy LeTourneux of Sheridan and Susie Borgerding of Joseph, six grandchildren and two sisters, Wanda Bruner of Longview, Wash., and Wilma Hawkins of Wallowa. A son, Steven Womack, died earlier.

*  VIRGINIA DE LOIS RIPPY nee BURDEN,    Oct. 16, 1922 - June 16, 2011

Virginia De Lois Rippy, 88, of Albany passed away Thursday at her home.

Virginia was born in Weleetka, Okla., to John and Consada (Womack) Burden. She lived in Oklahoma until she was 19 years old. She met Luther Rippy and the two were married on Sept. 22, 1940, in Texas. After their marriage the couple moved to Richmond, Calif.

Luther and Virginia raised two daughters in Richmond. After Luther passed away on March 19, 1988, Virginia moved to Oregon to be near family.

Virginia enjoyed playing bingo and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Virginia is survived by her daughters, Susan McNair, and Mary Ann Hall and husband Robert McCarty all of Albany; grandson Shannon McNair of Beaverton; granddaughter Kassetra and husband Greg VanNessi of Australia; grandson Ian Hall of Albany; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Luther.

A crypt side service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 20, at Willamette Memorial Park in Albany.

AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home is handling arrangements

Note:  1st cousin 1 X removed of compiler, Roger Womack

*   VIRGINIA JESSE BEEBE nee WOMACK,     Mar. 4, 1918 – May 8, 2008

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary in Whittier, Calif., for Virginia Beebe of Eugene. Visitation will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Rose Hills Memorial Park & Funeral Home. Beebe died May 8 of age-related causes at age 90.

She was born March 4, 1918, in Phoenix, Ariz., to John and Beulah Hix Womack. She married Joe Beebe on May 17, 1943, in Paris, Texas.

She graduated from Phoenix Union High School. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Giles of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Tricia Deutsch of Susanville, Calif.; a son, Stephen of Eugene; a sister, Lucile Taylor of Salem; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Her husband died March 26, 2000.

Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene.

WILLIAM WOMACK,    Mar. 9, 1884 – Jun. 25, 1959 

Memorial Services conducted by the Bollman Funeral Home were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Christian Church in Wallowa for William Womack, a farmer of Wallowa who according to Lenthal A. Bollman, County Coroner, apparently passed away from a heart attack Thursday morning,  June 25th, 1959,  while irrigating.

The Reverand Earl Moore officiated and Mrs. Willis Ludlow was pianist.   Mrs. Don Scott sang,  "No Night There"  and "Nearer My God To Thee".  Casket bearers were Guidas Bechtel,  Earl Schaeffer,  Glen Hawkins, Jake Silver,  Roland McCrae and Sam Armon and internment was in the Wallowa Cemetery.

Mr. Womack,  who lived alone on his farm in the Bear Creek area, had been irrigating and was last seen alive on Wednesday evening,  June 24th.   His body was found lying in an irrigation ditch by his Son-in-law,  Alvin Hawkins,  on Saturday afternoon.

He was the son of John and Martha Womack and was born in Wallowa March 9th, 1884.   He had lived in the county all his life.   On January 1, 1912,  he was married in Idaho to Nellie Pack who preceded him in death in 1934.

Survivors include a son Robert and a daughter,  Mrs. Alvin  (Wilma) Hawkins of Wallowa;  a daughter,  Mrs. Roy  (Wanda)  Ecker of Longview, Washington;  a brother,  Osborne Womack of Klamath Falls; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Mink of Enterprise and Mrs. Fannie Gillaspey of Medford; eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Source:  "Womack Genealogy"  by Maxine Hulse Tinkham.

*   WILMA LUCILLE HAWKINS nee WOMACK,    Jun. 18, 1914 – Apr. 7, 2007

Wilma Lucille Womack Hawkins, 92, a longtime Wallowa County resident and pioneer, died April 7 at St. Elizabeth Care Center in Baker City. Graveside services were conducted April 14 at Bramlett Cemetery in Wallowa.

Mrs. Hawkins was born June 18, 1914, to William Womack and Nellie May (Pack) Womack in Parma, Idaho. The family moved to Wallowa in 1919, and she graduated from Wallowa High School in 1932.

She married Alvin Hawkins Nov. 18, 1935, and they spent the rest of their lives in Wallowa County.

After marrying, the Hawkins spent five summers on the Stanley Lookout Tower while Alvin logged with horses during the winter, and they spent springs shearing sheep and living in a tent with Wilma cooking for the shearers. She was a favorite with the working crews, making homemade bread, cakes and pies.

Mrs. Hawkins was a fine seamstress and made all her own and her girls' clothes until they were in high school. She also repaired and dressed dolls, often collecting them from other countries. She gave many of the dolls away to girls who didn't have any. She crocheted doilies and afghans, made quilts and knitted sweaters. She taught her daughters and many others to knit.

She enjoyed painting in oils and watercolors, loved old barns and painting them. When she was 86, a family story goes, she drew a chicken for her great-granddaughter that ended up with four legs. The picture had a place of honor on the refrigerator for many years.

Mrs. Hawkins was 52 when she bought a hot pink Schwinn bicycle and learned to ride it. She and her sister, Wanda, caused many laughs as they peddled around Wallowa.

Other favorite activities were going to TOPS meetings and exercise classes into her 70s, bottle digging at the Wallowa and La Grande dumps, attending yard sales and visiting secondhand stores.

Mrs. Hawkins enjoyed picnics, visiting with family and playing pinochle. She grew beautiful African violets and petunias. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was active in the Relief Society and home visits.

Survivors include her daughters and their spouses, Judy Hauser of Wallowa and Carolyn and Don Thrams of Montana; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a sister, Wanda and her husband, Al, of Longview, Wash.; two sisters-in-law, Bertha of Cove and Bethel of Wallowa; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband and brothers, Marley, Bill and Bob.

Memorials may be made to Friends of the Wallowa Public Library or to the Wallowa Historical Society.

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Gene W. Hall, passed away at his home in Lostine, Oregon, Tuesday evening, November 30, 1926, at 6 o'clock, after a lingering illness of several months.

He was born in Bellevue, Ohio, December 19, 1872, and lacked but 18 days of being 54 years old.

In 1897, he was married to Belle Alexander, of Rockford, Ohio, to which union was born one child. This home life was early broken into by the death of his wife, and with his little daughter he came to Oregon, where his parents and sisters resided. Here he lived the remainder of his life: 21 years being spent in the public schools of Oregon. Five years previous he taught in Ohio schools.

In 1910 he married Sarie B. Womack, of Lostine, Oregon, who, with one daughter, survives him. A little daughter, Neola Fern, brightened the home for one short year.

Mr. Hall was a man of strong character, never seeking publicity, but ready to assist where he felt he was needed. His influence was deep and far reaching, as was proved through the last weeks of his illness, by many letters and flowers from former pupils teachers and friends.

His great fortitude was apparent from the time he learned of his incurable condition, and the maximum length of his life. He immediately began to make his arrangements so as to relieve his loved ones of as much anxiety as possible. The courage with which he met his suffering was most pathetic but he emphasized to the last that his strength came from above. His trust was in his Savior, and as the end drew near, he longed to be released from the little thread of life that was keeping him here.

At the age of nine years he confessed his Savior, and joined the Methodist church, later in life transferring to the Presbyterian church of which faith he remained a member to the last. he will be missed and only in the great Day will we understand why in the prime of life he must be stricken. He was a member of the Masonic lodge, ho9lding his membership in Veasey Lodge No. 82 of Enterprise.

He leaves behind a faithful wife, two daughters, Irine Pederson of Salem, Oregon, and Freda E. of Lostine; one granddaughter, Beaula, and four sisters, Eva Gardner of Richland; Car(?) Van Kirk of Forest Grove; Sadie Cummings of Berkley, Calif., and Julia (?) of Yamhill, Oregon and a large number of friends.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Shields, at the Presbyterian church, in Lostine, Thursday, at 2 p.m.

North Powder News, Saturday, December 11, 1926

PAMELA ANN WOMACK WALRATH nee JOHNSON,  Aug. 9. 1940 - Nov. 1, 1999

Pamela Ann Johnson, 59, of Medford, died Monday (Nov. 1, 1999) at her son's home in White City. No service is planned.

She was born Aug. 9, 1940, in Owatonna, Minn., a daughter of Anita and Lucius Johnson. She graduated from Thomas Downey High School in Modesto, Calif., in 1958. She and her family moved to Medford in 1968.

Survivors include her companion, Ken Walrath, Talent; two sons, Toby Womack, White City, and Michael Womack, La Grande; a daughter, Jacqui Walrath, Keizer; a sister, Nita Scharmann-Fallein, Gresham; and nine grandchildren.

Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Crematory & Funeral Home, Ashland.

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