Eleanor Mackan, longtime resident of The Dalles, Ore., passed away March 13, 2015.
She was the youngest child of Frederick and Elsie Boyer of Hereford, Ore. She married her high school sweetheart, Edgar, in 1942. They had two children: a son Edgar, and a daughter Eva.
Edgar worked in heavy construction, which required frequent relocation. Wherever they lived, Eleanor provided a secure and loving home for her family. Once the children were older and there was additional expense for college, Eleanor went to work briefly in the office of The Dalles Cherry Growers, then for Equitable Savings and Loan, first as a teller, then becoming the assistant manager. In 1980, she was honored as the Businesswoman of the Year.
In 2001, she and Ed were selected King Bing and Queen Royal Anne of the Northwest Cherry Festival. This was in honor of their longtime community volunteer work. She was active with Wasco County Extension, the Soroptimists and the Mid-Columbia Medical Center Auxiliary. She was also a very active member of the First Christian Church and delivered weekly for Meals on Wheels.
Eleanor was very proud of her deep family roots in Baker County and loved the many friendships she acquired while living in The Dalles. She is survived by her children and her brother Frederick Boyer of Milwaukie, Oregon.
Eleanor’s family would like to give their deep, sincere appreciation to Mary Alva and her staff. We are truly grateful for the loving care shown to Eleanor during her time spent there. We would also like to thank her neighbors on West 13th Street for their continued visits and kindness.
Graveside services will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City on Saturday March 21, at 3:30 p.m. A celebration of life will be held at the First Christian Church in The Dalles on Saturday, April 18, at 12:30 p.m.
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