Marie Ellen Heard was born May 24, 1915, to Harry and Mabel Grace (Dunn) Westercamp on their rural homestead in the Elkhorn area, east of Livingston, Mont.
She married Victor LeRoy (Roy) Hall on June 8, 1940. They were married for 30 years. The couple enjoyed backpacking on horses high up into the mountains. She said, “I can still smell the bacon cooking over the open campfire.”
Marie was employed as a licensed practical nurse in the Livingston hospital for several years and loved it very much. She lived most of her life in Livingston, but moved to Portland, Ore., in the late 1960s to be close to her daughter and grandchildren.
In 1970 Marie married William Heard. They were married for 10 years. She resided in Portland until she moved to Hawks Ridge Assisted Living in Hood River, Ore., in 2003 at the age of 88.
Marie was a “feisty” person. She liked a heated discussion more than anything else. You could say she leapt into life with great enthusiasm. She passed away in White Salmon, Wash., Feb. 21, 2010, at the age of 94.
Marie is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Jean Neal, and four granddaughters: Kim E. Altig, M. Annette Hegar, Bernadette Marie Williams and Linda Grace Pimley; 10 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Muriel, and her brother, James. Cremation arrangements were handled by Gardner Funeral Home.
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