Lillian F. Iverson, 87, a resident of The Dalles, died surrounded by family on Friday, October 30, 2015.
She was born in McCook, Neb., on May 23, 1928, the fourth of five children, to Alpha and Opal (Gordanier) Ridpath. She grew up in McCook, Neb., until the age of sixteen, and then moved to The Dalles to be with her sister Penny when her husband Dale went into the armed forces during WWII.
While working at a small café on 2nd St. in The Dalles, she met the love of her life, Bernard Iverson. They married on August 6, 1946 in Goldendale, Wash., and moved to Wamic to join Bernard and his family where they lived until 2007 when they moved to The Dalles to live with their youngest daughter Joan.
Bernard and Lillian lived in the central office of Wamic, where Lillian was the switchboard operator, while they were building their house. Thereafter, Lillian was a hard-working farmer’s wife. In 1974 she obtained her CNA license where she worked at Columbia Basin Nursing Home. In 1980 she worked at Miss Piggy’s and Grandma Maggie’s in Tygh Valley. On Friday nights all of the locals gathered for her smorgasboard and fried bread. Wamic 4-H kids could always depend on Lillian to help with their cooking, canning and homemaking projects. Lillian was an avid animal lover, raising anywhere from 1 to 15 bummer calves. Lillian was great grandma to any child that was involved in her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bernard, her parents, sisters and brother and their spouses. She is survived by her daughters Winnie (Kurt) Hughes of Madras, OR, Joan Hillman of The Dalles, OR; grandchildren, Jolyn Hughes, Ryan Hughes, Michelle Cook and Travis (Tiffany) Hillman; three great grandchildren, Jason (Nikki) Hughes, Alexiss Grant, and Haylie Hillman; one great-great grandchild, Gavyn Hughes; numerous nieces, nephews and loved ones; and her dogs and her cat “Socks.”
Graveside service will be held on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Lone Pine Cemetery in Wamic, with arrangements by Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home. A potluck meal will follow the service at 2 p.m. at the Wamic School.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Lone Pine Cemetery maintenance or a charity of choice.
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