Vonna May Anderson, 85, of The Dalles, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday March 28, 2015 at MCMC.
She was born in her grandparents’ home in Wamic, Ore., on March 14, 1930 to Harry Lloyd and Alda Irene (Norval) Morrow. Growing up on the ranch she loved the outdoors and all the farm animals, especially the Herford cattle. An exciting time for her was when the ranchers would go on the cattle drives to bring the cattle back from mountain summer pasture, watching each herd sort themselves out of the whole to turn and go down the lanes to their respective ranches. She enjoyed driving the tractor on the ranch and on the homestead where Pine Hollow Reservoir is now. She also participated in several 4-H clubs for sewing, forestry, sheep and steers.
She graduated from Wasco County Union High School in 1948. On October 18, 1948, she married Vernon Anderson in Goldendale, Wash. In 1950 she worked at the Wamic store for Glen and Cecile Warner. In the fall of 1951 they moved to The Dalles. She worked as a professional gift wrapper for Jack and Nora Milne at Milne’s Gift shop for 19 years.
She had a love for the Lord and served him wherever she could including preparation of the land and facilities for Camp Morrow and then serving as secretary of the Camp board for several years. She also served in several offices in The Nazarene Church including missions, church board, treasurer for 13 years, and Sunday School secretary for 54 years. In addition, she used her many artistic abilities in any way she could including at camp and VBS as craft director. Her great love of the outdoors was also evident in her picking wildflowers as a child and then continued with the annual family outings, gardening and her flower gardens especially her roses. She enjoyed photography, facebook, texting, knitting, sewing, crocheting, painting and all kinds of craft projects. For many years she was a 4-H leader for the Knit Wits. She always instilled in others to be compassionate to others, learn the best techniques and to do your best in whatever you undertake. An exciting time for her 4-H leadership came when her club won five class champions and the grand and reserve grand champion, at the 1969 Wasco County Fair.
Survivors include children and spouses: Jill and Phil Hayden of The Dalles, Ore.; Jerry and Sherri Anderson of La Grande, Ore.; siblings Norman and Barb Morrow of Portland, Ore.; Herbert Norval and Ann Morrow of Terrebonne, Ore.; and Bobi Magill of Vancouver, Wash. Grandchildren: Logan Anderson, Nathanial and Kimberly Clark, Kendall Hayden, Christina and Darrell Russell, and two great grandsons plus many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, her parents, and Wesley Magill, her eldest brother.
A Memorial Service will be held on April 25 at 11 am at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1313 Mount Hood Street in The Dalles. Memorials may be made to Camp Morrow and The Dalles Nazarene Church.
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