Cecilia Cushing passed away peacefully Friday July 24, 2015 with a niece on each side holding her hands. She was pleased to have spent her last days surrounded by many nieces and nephews from The Dalles and from out of town. Wednesday, July 29, at 7 p.m. will be a viewing and a Rosary at Spencer, Libby and Powell funeral home in The Dalles. Her service will begin with a Mass at 11 a.m. Thursday July 30, 2015 at Saint Peters in The Dalles. Following the service she will be interred at Saint Peters Pioneer Cemetery. There will be a reception lunch in the church hall afterwards catered by Ladies of the Altar Society.
Cecilia was born February 24, 1927 in The Dalles, Ore. She was raised on wheat ranch near Dufur. She attended a one room grade school. After high school graduation she attended Marylhurst College and University of Oregon receiving a BA and Masters in education. Her exciting teaching career included years of teaching children of army officers at military bases in England, Turkey, Thailand, Germany. On her vacations she visited neighboring countries around the world. She taught special education for many years in Portland's Parkrose School District. She taught in Wasco County and was a Principal at Tygh Valley schools. She was an associate of the Sisters of the Holy Names. Early on her nieces and nephews named her Aunt T, often shortened to just T.
After retirement she remodeled her home adding bedrooms and took in tenants. Soon she was providing foster care to those in need. She treated those under her care like family, cooking meals and providing a homey environment.
She was the youngest of seven children born to William Frank and Ruby Allen Cushing. She was preceded in death her parents and her siblings Frank, Glenn, Elaine, Esther, Lillian, and Lawrence as well as son-in-law Jim Darneille (Leah) and nephews Kenneth Dethman, Michael Dethman, John Dethman and Keith Cushing. Her large family includes an uncle Ralph Allen from Dufur, sister-in-law Deloris Cushing (Lawrence) from Grants Pass, and nieces and nephews: Jerry Somerville, Tom Somerville, Bill Somerville, Janet Somerville, Kathy Pothoff (Somerville), Ricky Somerville, Susie Hartwell (Somerville), Leah E. Darnielle (Dethman), Kelly Cushing, Kim Cushing, Sharon Cushing, Kerry Cushing, Kris Cushing, Kenneth Cushing, Cecilia Burgess (Cushing), and Kirk Cushing. Cecilia was blessed with many great nieces and great nephews as well as many cousins. She will be missed.
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