Connie Scranton, 88, passed away Oct. 30, 2013, surrounded by those she loved. She was born Constance Carol Linley in 1924, the youngest of five children to Leland and Stella Linley in Mazomanie, Wis. The family moved to Oregon in 1937.
Connie graduated from Parkdale High School in 1942. Described as a tall, dark beauty, she often played the piano and sang for school dances. She met Lee Scranton at a school dance, and after traveling by train to Kansas at 17 years of age to marry, they continued a 71-year love affair that was an inspiration to all those who knew them.
After the war, they settled in Parkdale, Ore. and raised four children: Tom, Carole, Linda and Vicki. Connie loved gardening and always took great joy in tending her flowers and vegetables. She had a good eye for home interior design, as well. Many times Lee would return from a hunting trip to find the living room repainted and rearranged.
Connie was active in the community and served as an elections volunteer, chauffer for ball games, cheerleader practice, and choir concerts to name a few. Lee and Connie participated in a square dance club and bowled on leagues for many years, with Lee readily admitting that Connie would outscore him on most occasions.
She loved the outdoors and spent many family vacations camping and fishing in the Northwest.
Connie is survived by her sister, Kathleen Hanel; her husband, Lee; her four children: Tom Scranton, of Gresham, Carole Bast, of Boise, Idaho, Linda Hughes, of Portland, and Vicki Poppen, of Sherwood, Ore. She and Lee have nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was loved by so many. Her wisdom, sense of humor and love for her family will be forever missed and never forgotten.
Memorial contributions may be made in Connie’s name to Alzheimer’s research.
Services are planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Anderson’s Tribute Center led by celebrant speaker Bob Huskey. A reception will follow and then a private family inurnment at Idlewilde Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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