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Willett, Catherine Isabelle – Obituary

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Summerville, Oregon

Catherine Isabelle Willett, 96, of La Grande and formerly of Summerville, died June 9 at Evergreen Heath and Rehabilitation Center.

Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements.

La Grande Observer – June 11, 2008
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Catherine Willett, 96, of La Grande, died June 9 at Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande.

Catherine was born April 2, 1912, to Frank and Anna (McKenzie) McKinnison on a ranch between Imbler and Summerville. After graduating from high school, she married M.G. “Bud” Willett on Oct. 14, 1931, in Walla Walla. The couple lived in the Imbler/Summerville area until 1934 when they moved to Tracy, Calif. She worked in hospital food service while they lived there.

They returned to the Summerville area in 1971 and later, in 1988, they moved to La Grande.

Bud preceded her in death on May 1, 2004.

Catherine was a member of the Rebecca Lodge in Summerville.

Survivors include her son and his wife, Gary and Linda Willett of Boise; two grandsons; three great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Ralph, Vina, Cecil, John, Frances and Keith.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Summerville Rebecca Lodge or the Summerville Cemetery Chapel Fund.

La Grande Observer – June 18, 2008

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