North Powder, Oregon

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Susie Cecilia Gorham, 85 of Wallowa and formerly of North Powder, died May 11, 2003, at Spokane, Wash.

Her funeral was Friday at the Wallowa Christian Church. Burial was at the Wallowa Cemetery.

Mrs. Gorham was born May 27, 1917, to Edward Alvin and Hattie Myers Davis at North Powder. She grew up at North Powder, where her grandparents homesteaded, attending public school and graduating from Powder Valley High School.

She married Clifford Owen Gorham on June 30, 1935, at North Powder. The family moved to Wallowa in 1942. She served in the Air Force Ground Observation Corps during World War II and was the first county manager for the Senior Nutrition program, a position she held for 17 years.

After she retired she continued as a volunteer with senior services and the food bank. She was a 50-year member of the Rebekah Lodge of Wallowa.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Larry and Cheryl Gorham of Colfax, Wash., Kenneth and Sarah Gorham of Kirkland, Wash., and Kay and Craig Braseth of La Grande; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Clayton Davis of Seattle, Wash., and Kenneth Davis and his wife, Mary of Wallowa; sisters, Joyce Tippett of Wallowa and Jackie April of La Grande.

Her husband died on Aug. 6, 1990. An infant daughter, Donna June Gorham, and Mrs. Gorham’s sons, Clifford Alvin Gorham, Roger Gorham and Richard Lee Gorham, also preceded her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wallowa Senior Center through the Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise, OR 97828.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 23, 2003
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor