April 20, 1910 - May 29, 2012
Alma Weed went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Alma was a resident of Bend, Oregon for the past 40 years. She was 102 years old.
Alma was born on April 20, 1910 in Rainier, Oregon, the daughter of Clyde and Ethel J. Wonderly Urie. The family moved in 1912 from Rainier to a homestead in Apery for a few years before operating a dairy farm in Corvallis. In 1917, they relocated to St. Helens where Alma lived for 55 years. She attended McBride Grade School and graduated from St. Helens High School.
On June 7, 1931 she married Elza Weed. They lived in St. Helens until her husband retired in March of 1972 from Boise Cascade. Shortly after, they moved to Bend. The couple celebrated 58 years of marriage until his death, July 9, 1989.
During her working years, Alma served as cashier and bookkeeper for JC Penney Company and was bookkeeper at St. Helens Pulp and Paper Company during World War II.
Alma was a member of First United Methodist Church; P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter #1, a woman's educational philanthropic organization; Charter Member of Rainbow for Girls (in St. Helens); Life Member of Mizpah Chapter #30; Order of Easter Star and Member of Grand Temple of Oregon Pythian Sisters; and played an active role in St. Helens Community Affairs including beautification, landscaping of highway strip and parks.
Alma celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends on April 17, 2010 in Bend. She received a letter from President Obama congratulating her 100th birthday.
Sewing and creative crafts was a special interest of hers. In 1958-59 she was chosen state winner in General Federation Woman's Club- Fashion Sewing Contest sponsored by Vogue Pattern Service. She enjoyed making dolls, cloth books, and crafts for bazaars and for family until she was 99 years old and had a stroke. Other hobbies included gardening, cooking, hiking, hunting, and fishing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elza Weed; daughter, Nancy Ritter; three sisters, Hazel McKee, Eva Steves, and Ruth Weed; and two brothers, Roy Urie and Gilbert Urie.
Survivors include her son, Dennis L. Weed (Gloria) of Enumclaw, WA; sister, Dorothy Jacobson of Cathlamet, WA; brother, Edward Urie (Meta) of Camas, WA; five grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.
Alma will be greatly missed by family and friends. She was a wonderful mom, sister, aunt, grandma, and friend to many. She enjoyed social activities, being involved in her church, and spending time with family.
A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church, 680 NW Bond, Bend, OR at 11:00 am on Monday, June 11, 2012. A graveside service will be held at Hudson Park – Woodbine Cemetery in Rainier, OR on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
Memorial donations in honor of Alma may be made to First United Methodist Church; 680 NW Bond; Bend, OR 97701.
Alma Ellender Urie Weed