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Judy Pell



August 25, 1923, Judy was born in Mabton, Washington to William "Bolin" Fletcher and Marcelle Louet Fletcher.  Judy's parents met and married in Pontlevoy, France, in World War I. The Fletchers returned to the United States and settled on Fletcher family farm in Mabton.  There Judy and her brother Cy were born. Her family eventually moved to Yakima and settled near her Gram Fletcher, the widow of the late Dr. Cyrus Fletcher.

Judy's early formative years were mentored by Gram and her mother Marcelle in various creations of sewing, knitting, needle work, quilting and Indian bead work.

She was an intelligent and talented woman and humble about her many accomplishments. During Judy's Yakima high school years she worked part-time at one of Yakima's finest theaters as an usherette. Her parents had divorced and it was necessary to help Marcelle keep their family home. After graduation Judy worked at a lady's clothing store.  World War II brought servicemen to Yakima Army Airfield for pilot training.  There she met a handsome young flight instructor named Willard Pell, from Pendleton, Oregon.  Willard warded off other suitors and gave Judy his Sigma Nu fraternity pin from Oregon Ag College - OSU.  Later a diamond replaced it. They wed November 13, 1943 in Visalia, California where Willard was instructing cadets for overseas missions.

When the war ended the Pells settled on the Pell family farm in South Cold Springs, 17 miles NW of Pendleton - "Pell's Acres."  They had three ranches and raised wheat, barley and cattle. Judy fed many a harvest crew.  Willard and Judy built two dream homes in Pendleton; they enjoyed landscaping with colorful flowers, trees, a gazebo, etc.  Family and friends were always welcome at The Pell House.

Willard and Judy enjoyed their love for square dancing with their best friends Marshal and Peg McCormmach; traveled to France and Finland visiting relatives and exploring their ancestry.  The travels took them to many other countries around the world and the USA and Canada.

Due to dementia, Judy recently moved to a wonderful Flagstone Retirement Community in The Dalles, Oregon. Her room looked out onto the mighty Columbia River and The Dalles Dam.  Judy's remaining days were filled with joy and making new friends, young and old.

Judy passed away peacefully May 16, 2012, surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by Willard on May 18, 2011.  Survivors include Suzanne and Marvin Norris, Goldendale, Sandy Pell and Ted, of Bonney Lake, Scott Pell, Beaverton, Ore, Stacy and Richard Livermore, Beaver Creek, Ore .; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, including two sets of twins.


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