November 30, 2004 11:00 pm

Marelda Stringham

Formerly of Elgin


Marelda Sturgill Stringham, 101, of Orem, Utah, and formerly of Elgin, died Nov. 19 in Utah.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home in Orem. Friends may call from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Burial will be in the Orem City Cemetery.

Mrs. Stringham was born June 14, 1903, to John Isaac and Mary Stevenson Sturgill in Baker City. She married Walter J. Stringham on June 29, 1927. They were later sealed in the Manti LDS Temple.

Mrs. Stringham was a homemaker, cook, gardener, musician,and teacher. She was very active in the community of Elgin, where she and Walter owned and operated the City Drug Store until 1965 when they moved to Orem.

She was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge affiliate, Order of the Eastern Star.

After joining the LDS Church in 1950, she held many leadership positions and contributed greatly with her teaching and musical abilities, and she and Walter served a stake mission. He preceded her in death in 1970. During that time she traveled the world, worked in the Provo Temple and continued to serve in the Orem 29th Ward.

Mrs. Stringham is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Marica and Ted Wight of Provo, and Barbara and Russ Peterson of Fruit Heights, Utah; 10 grandchildren; and 40 great-grandchildren.

The Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, Orem, is in charge of all arrangements.

Condolences for the family may be sent through the funeral home's Web site,


Dena Bennett

Formerly of La Grande


Dena M. Bennett, 94, formerly of La Grande, died Nov. 21 at her home in Vancouver, Wash.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Summerville Cemetery Chapel with Roy Hills officiating. Committal and interment will follow at the Summerville Cemetery. Arrangements are with Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mrs. Bennett was born on April 25, 1910, the daughter of Darius E. and Stella Bechtel Witty in Elgin. She attended school in Elgin, where she graduated with the Class of 1928.

In June 1931 she married M. Dale Bennett in La Grande. Together the couple moved to Wallowa, where they lived from 1931 until 1947.

In 1947 they moved to Sutherlin and then to Roseburg in 1959 before finally settling back in Wallowa in 1976.

Mr. Bennett died Sept. 30, 1991, and shortly thereafter Mrs. Bennett moved to

La Grande.

She loved quilting, playing cards and took a few boat cruises in her later years.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Alona "Skipper" and Bill Weaver of Vancouver, Wash.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

Besides her husband, dying earlier were sisters and brothers Leona Bingaman, Audrey Hug, Luella Miller, Laurel Witty and Bessie Blumenstein, Charles Witty and Ervin Witty.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Summerville Cemetery in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


Julia Farrow

La Grande


Julia Catherine Loomis Farrow, 105, died Nov. 24 in La Grande. Arrangements are with Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

At her request there will be no public service, only a vault interment beside her beloved husband Eugene at Acacia Memorial Park in Seattle.

Born on July 3, 1899, in Bucoda, Wash., she was the fifth of nine children and the youngest of three daughters. Julia's mother died in 1904, and her father never remarried though he kept the family together.

They lived at Copalis Beach as well as Coupeville, Wash. Through the years the girls took over the family chores and in turn left for marriage. Julia remained to care for her father and brothers until she was 19.

On April 12, 1919, she married Eugene Duane Farrow after a courtship of six years. They settled in the Rainier Valley District of Seattle, where they occupied the same home for 69 years.

During much of her residence in Seattle, she was involved with Goodwill Industries, the Findlay Street Christian Church and later with the Southeast Seattle Senior Center.

Her true passion throughout the years was gardening, and she was known widely as "The Flower Lady."

Julia was born at the close of the pioneer period in the West, and her early years involved living in difficult if not primitive conditions.

She had a unique story to tell and with some urging, she completed a book titled "Julia's Story" in 1998. That book now resides in the Washington State Library as well as the Thurston County Library, the Grays Harbor County Library and the Island County Library.

Her husband died in 1988, and Julia moved to La Grande in 1993 to be with her youngest son, Vern, and daughter-in-law, Ruth Farrow.

Other survivors include five grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren from California and Mississippi.

She lived a long, caring, productive, inspirational life, family members said.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Grande Ronde Hospital Houspice.


Shirley Gunston

Formerly of Elgin

Shirley Gunston, 86, formerly of Elgin, died Thursday in Portland. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.