Julia Scherf

Julia G. Scherf

November 12, 1917 - May 8, 2015

Julia G. Stearns Scherf died Friday, May 8, 2015, at 12 a.m. She was born Nov. 12, 1917, in Homedale, Idaho, the second child of six girls of Charles A. Stief and Hazel E. Sample.
Julia traveled to Longview, Wash., in 1922-23 in a covered wagon from Idaho. She later traveled the U.S.A. from coast to coast, also visiting Alaska and Hawaii.
She loved traveling, gardening, sewing, deep-sea fishing from Alaska to Mexico, and moose hunting and fishing in Canada. Above all she loved family gatherings. Some of her most memorable outings were spent camping out Labor Day weekends with her church family.
Julia was always busy, working at various times packing fruit; as owner and cook at restaurant in Neal Creek; as owner (with husband Roy) of Stearns Logging Company, Hood River; as waitress at the Y-Inn in Hood River; as owner (with sister Hazel) of Crown Photo Studio in Longview, Wash.; as filbert orchard owner (with husband Lynn) in Oregon City; and in an apple orchard in Hood River to name a few.
She always came back to Hood River, her favorite place.
Julia was preceded in death by her parents; all her sisters; her first husband, Roy Stearns; second husband, Lynn Scherf; stepson, Jim Stearns; and stepdaughter, Margaret Dye. Within 16 days her sister Gladys (90) passed, followed by Hazel (92). Julia (97), was the last living sibling by two days.
Julia is survived by her son Richard A. Stearns and his wife Roberta; stepson Ed Stearns; stepdaughter Dorothy Brown; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Services for Julia are planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Hood River Church of the Nazarene, 2168 Belmont Ave., with her entombment to follow at Idlewilde Mausoleum, 980 Tucker Road, Hood River.
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 to leave a note of condolence for family.

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