Marylou Alta Edgerton was born July 14, 1924, in Hood River, Ore., the only child of Bruce M. and Edna Billings. Her first years were spent living on the family homestead in Parkdale before moving to Hood River. Marylou attended kindergarten through her senior year in high school in Hood River, graduating from Hood River High School in 1942.
After high school Marylou moved to Seattle, Wash., where her best friend and future husband, Robert (Bob), was already working for the Boeing airplane company. Marylou also went to work at Boeing in the summer of 1942 where she became one of the original “Rosie the Riveters,” and part of the “We Can Do It” generation. She worked on both the B-17 and B-29 air frames.
After Bob entered the Army and was stationed in Philadelphia, she followed him there, obtaining employment with the Ration Board. Marylou and Bob were married in Philadelphia on May 19, 1944. From Philadelphia, Marylou moved to New Orleans, again following Bob to his next station. When Bob was sent to the Philippines, Marylou came back to Oregon, living in Portland, where they settled after Bob was discharged from the Army at the end of World War II.
In 1948 Marylou and Bob moved to Silverton, Ore., to help her parents establish their flower and nursery business. Marylou and Bob had two children, first welcoming Carol Joy in 1950 and then Robert Bruce in 1953.
Marylou was very active in numerous local organizations, including Jaycettes, VFW Auxiliary, Ramona Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, and The Oregon Garden. She finished her career working as a teacher’s aide at Evergreen School in Silverton. Marylou passed away April 8, 2015.
She is survived by her son, Robert (Rob), and daughter-in-law Janene of Yamhill, and two grandchildren, Lisa Chau (Jimmy), of Portland, and Andrea Edgerton, of Bend.
Marylou was preceded in death by her daughter, Carol Edgerton, in 1988, and her husband, Robert, in 2007.
Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. May 12 at the Silverton United Methodist Church. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, remembrances be made to the Silverton United Methodist Church, or The Oregon Garden.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the Jennings-McCall Care Center and Care Partners of Hillsboro for their tremendous help during Marylou’s final transition. Arrangements are under the direction of Unger Funeral Chapel, 229 Mill St., Silverton, OR 97381; 503-873-5141. Please visit ungerfuneralchapel.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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