HERMISTON — Thelma E. Ware, 79, of Hermiston, a longtime Umatilla resident, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at Good Samaritan Center in Hermiston. A memorial graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Irrigon. Mrs. Ware was born Sept. 13, 1924, at Rutledge, Tenn., to John and Elizabeth “Betty” Carr McGinnis. She grew up and attended schools in Tennessee. When she was 19 years old, she worked at a Heavy Water Project where they built the Atomic Bomb. In 1945, she married Stanley Riley. They lived in Cheyenne, Wyo., until 1947 when they moved to Butteville, Ore., where they divorced. In 1962, she married Verlin Ray Foster. They lived in the Willamette Valley until 1966, when they moved to Arkansas. In 1968, they returned to Oregon, settling at Lebanon. They divorced. She later met Charles “Chuck” Ware. The couple were together from 1974 until his death in January 1997. They were residents of Umatilla for many years. After Mr. Ware’s death, Mrs. Ware moved to Hermiston. She enjoyed church, yard sales, cooking, canning, music and game shows. Survivors include her son, Eugene Riley of Hermiston; daughters, Glenna Morford of Hermiston, Martha Edgell of Keizer, and Roxann Turner of Pendleton; a sister, Mary Smith of Knoxville, Tenn., seven grandchildren and 17 great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck Ware, by a son, Verlin “Dennis” Ray Foster Jr., and by her parents. Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Center, 980 W. Juniper Ave., Hermiston, OR 97838. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.
Source: East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) – Thursday, September 25, 2003