Sarah Mehala Pemberton

Sept. 12, 1909-Dec. 20, 2001

STANFIELD — Sarah Mehala Pemberton died Thursday, Dec. 20, at her home in Stanfield at the age of 92.

She was born Sept. 12, 1909, in Chilliwack, B.C., Canada, to Daniel J. and Jeanie E. Forbes Stirewalt. She was raised on a homestead on Sourdough Ridge outside of Winlock until moving to Orland, Calif., where she attended high school. She then attended and graduated from business school in Portland.

During World War II, she worked as a secretary for a colonel at Ft. Meyers Military Base in Washington, D.C. She later worked as a secretary for various businesses until she went into banking.

She moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where she worked as a loan officer at First National Bank of Alaska, and then to Tok, Alaska, working for Alaska National Bank as the branch manager.

Sarah retired and moved back to Spray and then to Redmond in 1980. She moved to Stanfield in 1999 to live with her niece and husband, Judy and Robert C. Bertsch.

She was a member of the Prineville Eagles and VFW Auxiliary.

She is survived by her sister, Ruby McCracken, and many nieces and nephews.

Sarah was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Pemberton; her parents and three brothers, David Jim and Ray Stirewalt.

At her request, no service will be held. Disposition was by cremation.

Those who wish may make contributions in Sarah’s memory to Vange John Memorial Hospice at 645 W. Orchard Ave., Hermiston, 97838. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston was in charge of the arrangements.

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