Phyllis Joan McDermid, 88, longtime resident of Sherman County, more recently of The Dalles, died March 29, 2013.
She was born April 17, 1924, in The Dalles to Ethel (Childs) Thornton and Joseph J. Thornton. Her early years were spent in Oregon City and Portland, Ore., and Kirkland, Wash. The family returned to The Dalles in the early 1930s and she attended St. Mary’s Academy, transferring to The Dalles High School where she graduated in 1942. During high school, she worked at the Granada Theater and continued there after high school until she began working in the Wasco County Assessor’s office.
On May 7, 1950, she married Malcolm J. McDermid of Wasco, Ore.
They operated a wheat and cattle ranch west of Wasco. She was active in American Legion Auxiliary, especially Junior Auxiliary. She was a Cub Scout Leader and active in the Sherman High School Booster Club, serving as president in the 1960’s. She volunteered at the Sherman County Museum and Maryhill Museum. She was a longtime member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in The Dalles.
After her husband’s death in 2001 she moved to The Dalles. She was residing at the Oregon Veterans’ Home at the time of her death.
She is survived by three children, Cal T. McDermid, The Dalles; Ronald M. and Jenine McDermid, Wasco; Meredith J. and John Sayre, Guam; four grandchildren: Malcolm “Jake” and Ian Sayre, Dan and Daryn McDermid, and a niece Wendy McDermid Parker.
Private committal will be at Wasco Sunrise Cemetery Friday, April 12, followed that day by a memorial service 2 p.m. at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in The Dalles. Memorials may be sent to Sherman County Museum, PO Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 or Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620
Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home has care of arrangements.
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