Our beloved mother and grandmother left her earthly home short of her 100th birthday. Living independently in her own home until her last months gave her pride and satisfaction. She was born in Condon, Ore., to Walter and Lela (Burres) Farrar and grew up a hard-working farm girl. This path she continued most of her life.
After meeting Kenneth Sather at a community dance, they married October 2, 1937. The couple first resided in Moro, Ore., where their two girls were born. After taking over the family farm in Kent, Ore., two boys joined the family.
During her early years at Kent, Thelma joined the Kent Baptist Church, attended Home Extension and led 4-H Clubs. Doing hand work and growing a big vegetable garden gave her pleasure.
After years of farming, she and Ken moved to The Dalles to the house with a panorama of the Columbia River. They both enjoyed retirement and the view. However, now there was an orchard and a vegetable garden to tend.
Sewing once again fulfilled her as she joined the Quilting Club. She found it heartwarming to make quilts with matching pillows for Wahtonka Head Start children. Her other passion was playing cards with whoever had a moment. And she liked to win.
Thelma is survived by her sister, Alta Jones; sister-in-law, Anne Franklin; children, Shirley (Art) Decker, Paul (Carol) Sather, grandchildren Steve (Marilyn) Decker, Linnea (Ron) Holmes, Stan (Tonya) Decker, Nicole (Scott) Castle, Scott (Lindsay) Decker, Mark Sather, Michelle (Doug) Milner, Susan (Adrian) Frink; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Thelma was preceded in death by husband Kenneth; children Helene and Roy Sather; sisters Bonnie Wallowine and Bessie Allen.
Pastor Chris Jordan will officiate the service at Spencer, Libby and Powell on Saturday, August 26 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Gorge, Sherman County Museum or any charity of choice.
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