Veva “Orion” Wattenburg, 100, passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, surrounded by her caregivers at her home in Hood River, Ore. Orion was born July 9, 1913, in Fossil, Ore., to Bert and Nellie Wattenburg.
Services are planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Idlewilde Cemetery, 980 Tucker Road, Hood River, OR 97031.
Orion went to grade school in The Dalles and graduated from high school in Wasco, Ore. After graduation Orion went to telegraph operators school in Spokane, Wash. After completing school she was sent to Klamath Falls to work for Western Union Telegraph Company. She then transferred to Hood River in 1952 with Western Union until she retired.
Orion and her sister, Alma, started a small daycare and loved spending time with the kids.
Orion enjoyed crafts, crocheting, and reading.
Orion is survived and will be dearly missed by her cousin, Laineyan Dillinger, of The Dalles; her guardians, Phil Mason and his wife, Sue; and caregivers Vicky of The Dalles and Linda, Terry, Shirley and Marie of Hood River.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Nellie; her brother, Alvia, and sister, Alma Watson.
Memorials are encouraged to be made in Orion’s name to the charity of your choice.
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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