Lillis Mamie McCulley

Oct. 3, 1900-Feb. 18, 2003

PORTLAND — Lillis Mamie McCulley, a former longtime Hermiston resident, died Feb. 18, at the St. Judes Care Center in Portland at the age of 102.

Lillis was born on Oct. 3, 1900 in Lancaster, Mass., to Arthur and Rosella Hensley Hughes. She married H.G. "Hal" McCulley on Oct. 5, 1919, and they moved from Pendleton to the Hermiston Irrigation Project in 1927, and later to the Columbia District where they farmed.

She lived in Hermiston and was very active in the community and her church until moving to Portland in 1990 to be near her family. She has been a member of the Columbia Grange since 1938, where she found much satisfaction in chairing the committee that named the roads in the Columbia District in order to facilitate mail delivery and fire protection.

For many years, she built the Grange display booth at the fair and cooked for the 4-H members. She served on the Umatilla County Housing Authority Board when she lived at Golden Manor, served on the fire district board and the election board. She was a member of the American Legion and the Hermisotn First Methodist Church.

Lillis is survived by her daughters, Nina Rae Cleveland of Salem, Joyce Estvold of North Dakota and Ruth Powell of Portland; son, Otis McCulley of Pasco, Wash.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

A graveside service was held Friday, Feb. 21, at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton. Those who wish may make contributions in Lillis' memory to the Columbia Grange, Hermiston First Methodist Church or St. Judes Care Center in care of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston at P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, 97838.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston was in charge of the arrangements.

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