Margaret Leah Church
Hermiston September 13, 1921 - May 10, 2018


Margaret Leah Church of Hermiston was born September 13, 1921, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Joseph and Ellen (Moore) Pence. She died on May 10, 2018, at the age of 96.

Margaret graduated high school in Kansas City, Mo., in 1939. She married Claude E. Church Jr. in Kansas City, Mo., on January 23, 1941. The couple moved to the West Coast because Claude had a job at the Bremerton Navy Yard. After World War II they returned to the West Coast. In 1956, the family moved to Hermiston, Oregon.

Margaret was a member of the Faith Presbyterian Church and a charter member of Bloomer Girls Garden Club. She worked in the cafeteria at the old West Park Grade School. Later she was the kitchen supervisor in the old Good Shepherd Hospital cafeteria, where she worked until retiring.

She is survived by her daughters Margaret Leah Barr of Hermiston and Linda Marie (Reuben Richard) Gettmann of Sandy, Ore.; grandson Richard Gettmann of Milwaukie; grandaughters Sara Amy Gettmann of Port Orchard, Wash., and Leah Cathleen Barr of Peoria, Ill.; three great-grandsons; and two sisters in Kansas City, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Claude, her parents, and four brothers.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2018, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 1005 S.E. Ninth St., Hermiston, Ore. A private interment was in the Hermiston Cemetery.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of final arrangements. To leave an online condolence for the family go to

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