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Stephanie Eubanks (McDougal)
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Stephanie Eubanks McDougal

 

Oct. 28, 1941 —  Aug. 29, 2016

Stephanie Eubanks McDougal, 74, took her final bow on Aug. 29, 2016, in Portland. She arrived on this Earth destined to play the cello, and made her original debut on Oct. 28, 1941, as the first of four daughters born to Richard Winston and Anne Casler Eubanks in Walla Walla. She was named for her maternal grandfather, Stephen Casler. Her parents felt that Stephanie was too much of a burden for their new, tiny baby, so she was forever known thereafter as “Stevie.”

At the age of three or four, she was able to identify the cello upon hearing a recording of Pablo Casals playing Saint-Saens’ “Le Cygne” (The Swan), and knew then that she, too, would pursue that instrument as her life’s work--which she did.

 

Stevie attended Sharpstein Elementary, Garrison Junior High School, and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1959. She was proud of the fact that she was part of the first 9th grade class that attended the new Garrison, and helped choose the school colors and the Troopers mascot name. Growing up, Stevie played in her school orchestras and in the Walla Walla Symphony, the oldest continuous U.S. orchestra west of the Mississippi.

Stevie received her bachelor of fine arts in music performance from Stephens College (Columbia, Mo.) in 1962. Stevie’s favorite cello professor at Stephens, Eula Simmons, described Stevie’s playing in a letter to her parents this way: “She is the most gifted student that I have had the pleasure of knowing in more than ten years at Stephens College. Besides a natural feeling for musical phrasing, Stevie has a lovely sound on her instrument which has charmed all of us.” For graduation, Stevie’s parents purchased a Thomas Dodd cello that was made in 1790 in England, which she played for the rest of her life. She went on to pursue advanced studies at the Indiana University School of Music (Bloomington, Ind.) and to study with Janos Starker.

In 1965, Stevie moved to Portland, where she auditioned for the Portland Symphony, which was then a part-time position. This orchestra became the Oregon Symphony and Stevie worked at various times over the years as a union representative for her fellow musicians. At some point, the Oregon Symphony was able to provide a full-time living to its members. Stevie played her cello in the Oregon Symphony for 38 years. In addition, she played in the West Coast Chamber Orchestra, and in retirement, she was delighted to play for the Newport (Oregon) Symphony. During her years in Oregon, Stevie taught dozens, if not hundreds, of cello students, both in her homes in Portland and Gleneden Beach, and at the Community Music Center in Portland for more than 30 years.

 

Stevie was married in 1967 to Ernest McDougal. They divorced in 1981. She was never without a dog and always adopted them from the Oregon Humane Society. Her last dog, Clio, was found abandoned on Highway 101. Stevie loved to travel (especially by cruise ship), was a voracious reader, and of course, was devoted to her music. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Walla Walla), Trinity Episcopal Church (Portland), and St. James Santiago Episcopal Church (Lincoln City), where she and her dear friend, violinist Kathy Follett, started a children’s orchestra, and where she played her cello every Sunday.

Stevie is survived by her three sisters, Christopher Eubanks of Honolulu, Meg Eubanks of Tacoma, and Kathryn Eubanks Zahl (Jerry) of Walla Walla. She also leaves two mutually loved nephews, Evan Bird (a fellow professional musician in Nashville, Tenn.), and Andrew Zahl (Walla Walla). She is also survived by a large group of friends and colleagues in both Portland and Gleneden Beach, whom she adored. Her infectious laugh will be missed by all who loved her.

The family held a private graveside service at Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla on Saturday, Sept. 10. A memorial celebration of life service will take place at St. James Santiago Episcopal Church, Lincoln City, on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Music Center or the Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital, both in Portland; or to St. James Santiago Episcopal Church in Lincoln City, or to the donor’s charity of choice through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla WA 99362





After Wa-Hi I attended Stephens College and was in the first graduating class of the BFA program.  There I studied with Eula Simmons.  I then went to Indiana U. for graduate studies with Leopold Teraspulsky.  I attended the Aspen Music Festival the summers of 1963 &1964.  I joined the Oregon Symphony (then the Portland Symphony) in 1965 where I stayed until my retirement in 2003.  I also played in the Portland Opera Orchestra, was a founding member and officer of the board of the West Coast Chamber Orchestra and played various ballet and musical comedy shows until the Oregon Symphony went full time.

I began teaching cello at the Community Music Center in 1971 where I still teach to this day.

I retired from the Oregon Symphony in 2003 and immediately joined the Newport (OR) Symphony. I was elected as the orchestra representative to the board in 2005.  I relinquished that position 3 yrs. later.  YAY!!!

I have discovered cruising the last few years and have cruised the East Coast, Alaska and the Mediterranean.  Will be going to the Panama Canal in Jan.

I spend most of my time at the Oregon Coast with my dog, Clio, and one day a week in Portland to teach.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.
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Elizabeth Evans (Koerner)
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Grace Ewing (Peek)
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Retired - Homemaker/Teacher Married 2
Spouse:  John
Children:  2 Sons
Grandchildren:  5 Grandsons and 1 Granddaughter
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Reading, gardening, needlework/sewing, genealogy.

Grace and John met while students at Washington State University in Pullman. After earning their degrees in Home Economics Education for Grace and Forestry and Land Management for John, they were married June 29, 1963 in Walla Walla. Along with his diploma, John received a draft notice so he joined the U.S. Air Force and completed Officers Training School. He served a twenty year career in aircraft maintenance and minuteman missile launch and codes divisions. Grace and John enjoyed their opportunity to travel and experience new places during eight transfer assignments.
 
Grace and John have two terrific sons who were both born overseas in Izmir, Turkey during John’s 1966-68 assignment there. Their older son Martin and his wife Julia live in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Marty is in the Army National Guard and is on his third deployment. Their six grandchildren – Matthew, David, Kyle, Keith, Only Ruth, and Zachary – ages 22 to 14 – are in college and high school. Their younger son Andrew and his wife Wendy live near Iowa City, Iowa. Andy has his PhD in genetics and works in research.
 
Grace has taught high school and Junior High in Georgia and North Dakota and also worked as office manager for a contractor in California. Following John’s military career he did a second career as an engineer for an aerospace company in California and Utah. After retirement John and Grace returned to Washington in 2003 settling in Walla Walla. They travel frequently in their motor home and enjoy the leisure of their country home. They are both actively involved in church activities. John and Grace have enjoyed a good life and the adventure continues.
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Ronald Farley
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Ronald Farley
Nov. 20, 1939 - April 3, 2011
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Ronald D. Farley, 71, of Sunnyside, Washington, and long-time Milton-Freewater resident passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 3, 2011, of an apparent heart attack.
 
Ron was born on Nov. 20, 1939, in Powell, Wyoming, the son of Harold Farley and Frances Farley-Cruthirds.  He worked for several years for Bailey/Farley Farms and later for P.G.G. in Milton-Freewater until retiring in 2008.  In 2010, Ron and Marlene moved to Sunnyside to be close to daughter, Kari Miller.
 
Ron is survived by his loving wife, Marlene of Sunnyside, Wash.; two daughters, Kari Miller and husband, Tyler of Sunnyside, Wash., and Stefanie Farley of Meridan, Idaho; one grandson, Matthew Miller of Sunnyside; two brothers, Lee Farley of Sun River, Oregon, and Dennis Farley of The Dalles, Oregon; one sister, Fran Rushing of Walla Walla.  He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Carolee Farley; and one brother, Wes Farley.
 
Viewing was held on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 in Sunnyside, Wash.  There was no formal funeral service and a memorial book was available at www.funeralhomesmith.com .
Patty Farmer (Mize)
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Children:  2 Sons
Activities/Hobbies:  Golf & Soccer

Attended the University of Washington and Juilliard, majoring in violin performance, one year as a sixth man on the Husky golf team.
 
Worked at Radio City in New York City Ballet Orchestra while in school.
 
US Army Band Strolling Strings, playing at White House state dinners.
 
Professor of Music at Eastern Washington University and Concertmaster of the Spokane Symphony for many years.
 
Currently playing regularly with Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera.
 
Married Else in Denmark in 1967; our two sons and two grandsons also now living in Seattle.
 
Still playing a little golf and soccer.
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Betty Faust (Gradwohl)
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teacher, mother, grandmother, semi-retired Married 4
I married my high school sweetheart and best friend, Richard Gradwohl while at WSU. We will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary next year. I taught school a few years, stayed home and raised 4 boys, substituted, and enjoyed 10 years as a parapro in special education at Blue Ridge elementary in Walla Walla.  Dick was in the Army and spent time in Alaska, Hawaii, VietNam and in Georgia. We felt blessed to have him safely home from VietNam. The Army gave us an opportunity to travel and prepare for the life in retirement. We are a loving family with 4 wonderful sons who chose 4 wonderful wives and have given us 7 beautiful, energetic grandchildren. We love to share with them. I enjoy doing a little bit of everything, and serving when needed with my family and my church. 
Judy Fenner (Drury)
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Myron Ferguson
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Myron S. Ferguson

Myron S. Ferguson passed away on May 10, 2017 following a courageous battle with mesothelioma, a rare lung cancer. He was surrounded by his loved ones as he went to his final resting place.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Mable and Philip Ferguson and is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margie; three children Michele (Gene) McCarl, Gina (Paul) Cilvik, Matthew (Jodi) Ferguson; and 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild on the way.

He started his welding career at Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock and Lockheed Shipyards welding on Navy ships during 1963-1965. He also worked at Reynard Manufacturing, and Washington Ironworks. He moved his family back to Walla Walla in 1970 and went to work for Cascade Natural Gas Company. In 1974 he started teaching welding at Walla Walla Community College and retired in 2000. He was loved and respected by his students who to this day still continued to visit and keep in touch.

He greeted everyone with a warm smile and a handshake and always gave everyone the benefit of the doubt. He took great pride in keeping the homestead well manicured and loved his happy place at the family cabin in the blue mountains. He will be missed by all who loved and knew him.

Viewing will be from 3-6 pm on Sunday, May 14th and services on Monday, May 15 at 2:00pm at Mountain View - Colonial DeWitt followed by graveside services at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center through the funeral home. Friends and family may share memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com

Marlene M Filan (Berg)
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