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Memorial for Eunice B. Arthur

Born in Shedd, OR on Apr. 14, 1922
Departed on Feb. 14, 2018 and resided in Durham, Oregon.

Eunice, the daughter of Otto M. and Laura L. (Halverson) Thompson, was born in the family home three miles east of Shedd on April 14, 1922. She passed away in Tualatin on February 14, 2018.

Eunice spent her childhood playing in and around the Thompson Flouring Mill, swimming in the mill race and causing all kinds of problems for the men working in the mill. Such problems included spooking the horses that pulled the grain wagons, climbing to the top of the 70-foot grain storage tanks and jumping from one tank to another, and climbing up and getting stuck at the top of the water tower. Actually, it is amazing she survived childhood.

Eunice attended the Shedd grade school and high school. At 95 years of age, she was the last surviving member of her 1940 high school class where she was also the May Day Queen. She was also the 1940 Brownsville Rodeo Queen. After high school, Eunice attended the University of Oregon for three years.

On December 4, 1943, Eunice married Dr. Robert L. Arthur of Albany. They were married in the chapel at the Farragut Naval Station in Idaho. Their first home was converted garage in Hayden Lake, Idaho. Shortly after their marriage, they were transferred to Camp Shoemaker in California and remained there until the war ended.

After the war, Eunice and Bob returned to Albany where Dr. Arthur started his dental practice, and Eunice became a housewife and the mother of four children. Her home was always open to extended family including numerous nieces and nephews passing through town, her children’s friends, and Tiger the cat. She said the dogs had to stay outside.

Eunice enjoyed working in her flowers, preparing wonderful meals, and canning various fruits and vegetables. As Julie Tripp always said, “Eunnie Belle makes the best pickles.”

After Eunice and Bob divorced, she moved to Durham, Oregon where she lived an active, independent life for 33 years. Her yard was always ablaze with flowers, especially fuchsias, and Christmas was her favorite time of year.

Eunice was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Myrle and Orval, and her sisters, Sylva Townsend and Alice Schlegel.

She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Chase of Portland; her sons, Bob (Clodean) of Tigard and Don (Norma) of Albany; her daughters, Connie McBride of Spokane, Washington and Laurie (Pete) Miller of Portland; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Per Eunice’s request there will be no funeral service. A memorial will be planned for a later date. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Thompson’s Mills Preservation Society, PO Box 1, Shedd, OR 97377-0001.

Private interment will be in the Shedd cemetery.

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