Alice 'Billie' Marks

Alice 'Billie' Marks

Alice "Billie" Marks, 91, of Hermiston, the first president of the Wheeler County Cattlewomen, died Thursday, June 26, 2008, in Jesup, Ga.

Her memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 7, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 485 W. Locust St., in Hermiston.

Mrs. Marks was born June 14, 1917, in Pomeroy, Wash., to William D. and Ida M. Hamilton. She graduated from Oregon State University in 1941, one of the first four women to be accepted in the School of Agriculture.

She married Leslie Marks in 1942 in Corvallis. After his discharge from the U.S. Army, the couple moved to Wheeler County, living in Fossil for 22 years. She was a 4-H leader for 16 years. She was widely traveled, spending time in Africa, Hong Kong, China, Scotland, England, Argentina and Australia with family for work and leisure.

She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, the Order of Eastern Star, the Women's Society of Christian Service, the OSU Mom's Club, the Fossil Methodist Church, and was a local Republican Precinct committee woman. She enjoyed bridge and held a Bridge Master designation.

Survivors include son David H. Marks of Hermiston; daughter Margaret A. Morphet of Jesup, Ga.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ida Hamilton, and husband Leslie Marks.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Vange John Hospice in Hermiston, the Southeast Georgia Hospice in Jesup, Ga., or the Pioneer Human Society, Box 361, Hermiston, OR 97838.

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