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Edna M. Morford

The Othello Outlook of Othello, Washington

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1922 - 2013

Edna Margaret Morford was born March 11, 1922, in Miles City, Mont. As a child, Edna and her family moved to Portland, Ore., where she completed the 11th grade.

As WWII started, she was working at "Plylock" plywood mill in Portland with her future sister-in-law Rose Morford Yeager. Rose introduced her to her brother Arthur Morford, of Brownstown, Wash. They were married in 1944. Their son John was born in September 1945.

Edna and Arthur lived and farmed in the Brownstown-White Swan area until 1959. Later, Arthur worked for Bud Balch and they moved to Othello in 1965. Edna started working at Carnation, which was owned by Clyde Andrews at that time. Arthur started working there shortly after. They worked at the Carnation plant for more than 20 years. They bought land at Summerset West and lived there until 2007.

Arthur passed away in 1997. After 2007, Edna moved into senior apartment living until 2010. Then, to be closer to her son, she moved to Des Moines, Wash., where she lived at Normandy Park Assisted Living until October of this year. Her final days were spent at Judson Park Health Center in Des Moines.

Edna passed away peacefully Dec. 19, 2013, at 6:45 a.m. She never lost her sense of humor and love of reading.

She is survived by her son John Morford and his wife Joanne, grandson Dale (Mindy) Morford, granddaughter Jennifer Morford, grandson Alan Morford (Abby Mathews) and her great-grandchildren Drake, Tatumn and Layla.

She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur and brothers Bill and Bob Knau-er, both of Portland.

Edna was buried Friday, Dec. 27, in Zillah.

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Original Publication Date: January 2, 2014

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