Marjorie Gross, 97, a long time Pine Valley, Ore., resident went to meet her Heavenly Father on Oct 16, 2007.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Marjorie’s life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, 11 a.m. at the Pine Baptist Church in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception to be held following the service at the VFW Hall in Halfway.

Marjorie was born on Sept.26, 1910, to John (Jack) Allstead and Grace Forman Makinson Allstead in Copperfield, Ore., (known now as Oxbow). She attended schools in Cornucopia and Halfway. In the fall of 1930 she began Nurse’s training in Eugene, Ore. After two years of training she had to quit, because of poor health.

On Aug. 8, 1933, she married Clifford Gross, at the Christian Church in Halfway. They spent their honeymoon at the McBride Guard Station. The next day they walked to the top of Cornucopia Peak where Clifford’s brother, Ellis, was manning the lookout. The next year she and Clifford manned the lookout on Cornucopia Peak. She and Clifford also manned, one summer, the lookout at Trinity.

In 1939 and 1940 they built their home on five acres, in Halfway, given to them by Clifford’s folks. They moved into the house in 1941 and she lived there until she died.

In 1954 Clifford and Marjorie bought the Western Auto store on Main Street in Halfway and ran the store for 18 years. After retiring from the store they did a lot of traveling. When Clifford became sick, Marjorie was very devoted and took care of him until he died.

Marjorie enjoyed picking up her lady friends and taking them to Church, the store and other places they would need to go. She loved to go and read to people that couldn’t read any more.

She had a full and great life and she would always say we shouldn’t complain because we are truly blessed by God.

Marjorie is survived by her daughter, Carol Moseley of Portland; son, Keldon Gross of Halfway; 9 grand children; 12 great grand children; 4 great great grand children; a sister in Boise, Idaho; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford on Aug. 16, 1992, her parents, 5 sisters and 3 brothers.

Those who would like to make a memorial donation in the memory of Marjorie may do so to the Pine Baptist Building Fund through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O.Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.

Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, November 1, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor