Mary Ada “Pat” (McCulloch, Hanks) Rose died of cancer on September 3, 2016 at Farmington Square Assisted Living Facility, Gresham, Ore. She was 86 years old. Born in Medford, Ore., to Wayne McCulloch and Glade (Guyton) McCulloch on March 17, 1930. She attended grade school in Shaniko, Ore., having her own mother as a teacher at times, then she went to school in Grass Valley, Ore., finally graduating from Wasco Union High School in Maupin, Ore. In 1948, she met and married William (Bill) David Hanks, Jr., (16 years her senior). In 1949, she had her son, Stephen Laurence Hanks, who preceded her in death in 2007. A daughter, Rena Glade (Hanks) Peterson was born to her in 1950. She and Bill with their children moved to California where they worked at Lockheed Mfg. When Bill’s health could not withstand the smog there, he and their children moved back to central Oregon, while Mary stayed behind, working to pay off their bills, then she too, followed Bill back to Shaniko.
In the mid 1950’s, she became Shaniko’s Postmistress, and later was also in partnership with Bill in a restaurant/service station/Post Office enterprise. After selling that enterprise, they ran just a service station/wrecker service and Post Office until 1966, when they sold the business and moved to the Fairview-Gresham area, where she went to work at the main Post Office in downtown Portland. She was very active in APWU (union), choosing to stay a union employee instead of being promoted to management. She felt that she would be more active and helpful in that position. She and Bill divorced in 1967, and she later married Don Rose, living in the Eagle Creek area in their bit of paradise. Don preceded her in death on August 5, 1982. Selling that home upon her retirement with the Post Office she moved to the N.E. Portland, area.
She was very active in her churches, first at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Madras, Ore., playing the organ for services. After moving to the Fairview/Gresham area, she started attending St. Aidan’s Episcopal church, singing in the choir for many years, as it was something she dearly loved to do. She had many friends there and loved to have lunch with “the girls.”
She led a 4-H group, taught piano to many youngsters, and was involved with the Home Extension of Wasco Co. learning cooking and sewing, becoming a wonderful seamstress. She was active in the APWU Aux.; The Organ Guild; and with The Pop’s Orchestra. She was a volunteer at H.B. Lee Middle School helping out librarian Mark Hardin and many students.
Mary is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Rena and Myron Peterson; her grandchildren, Troy Peterson, Trina Peterson Davis and grandson-in-law Matt Davis; and Stephen and Stephanie Wark; her great-grandchildren, Ashley, Nicole, and Cody Peterson; Olivia, Alana, Crystal, and Cody Davis; and one great-great grandson, Judah James Wark.
Her cancer diagnosis came in the latter part of 2015, but by the time they realized what it was, she was not able to fight the good fight and beat the cancer. Now she is with her Father in Heaven.
Funeral service will be on Friday, September, 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 17405 NE Glisan St. in Portland.
Visitation will be on Wednesday and Thursday, September 14-15 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. in Gresham.
Graveside service will be on Saturday, September 17 at 11 a.m. at Kent Cemetery in Kent, Ore.
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