Mollie B. Newton, was a resident of The Dalles since 1953 and passed away on November 13, 2015.
She was born January 30, 1931, in Clear Lake, Iowa, the youngest child of Walter and Verna Buffington. She attended school in Iowa and graduated from Iowa State Teacher’s College (now the University of Northern Iowa). She later earned a master’s degree in education from Eastern Oregon College.
Mollie’s first year of teaching was at Whittier Junior High School and she then moved to what became the new junior high (now The Dalles Middle School) in 1954. She taught in La Grande for one year, District 12 for eleven years, and at Wahtonka High School for twenty years as an English teacher. She retired in 1989.
She attended the United Church of Christ Congregational during her entire residence in The Dalles. She was a member and past president of Pi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma; Chapter Q, the P.E.O. Sisterhood; and The Women’s Golf Association of the The Dalles Country Club. Mollie enjoyed reading and playing bridge and was a member of the Oregon Trail Duplicate Bridge Unit. She was involved in the Wasco County Historical Society and was a patron of local artists through The Dalles Art Association and attended the annual art auction for more than 45 years.
Mollie was dedicated to giving back to the community and volunteered at the Discovery Center, the Rorick House, St. Peter’s Landmark, and in many other areas of the community.
Survivors include her son, Matthew Newton of Beaverton, Ore.; her daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Noah Brockman, of Portland, Ore.; step-son, David Newton of Juneau, Alaska; step-daughter, Marcia Rogers, of Lake Oswego, Ore.; grandchildren Galen Newton of Seattle, Wash., and Alex Newton, of Juneau, Alaska; nephews Max Kirk of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Mike Kirk, of Chapin, S.C.; and niece Jan Chauncey of Thomasville, N.C. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jack Newton, and brother Kenneth Buffington, and sisters Lucille Jones and Marlys Kirk.
We will all miss Mollie’s thoughtfulness, wit, and caring.
Her family would like offer their gratitude to the staff at Flagstone Senior Living and the Mid Columbia Medical Center for taking such great care of Mollie. We are deeply appreciative.
A Celebration of Life for Mollie Newton will be held Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the United Church of Christ Congregational Church; 111 E. 5th St., The Dalles, Oregon.
Memorials may be made to the local scholarship funds of Chapter Q., P.E.O.; Pi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma; A.A.U.W. or another favorite scholarship fund. For scholarship address information please email email@example.com.
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