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Mary Ellen Warner

Jan. 19, 1930 - Dec. 4, 2011

Mary Ellen Warner, 81, of Lebanon passed away Sunday.

She was born in Canon City, Colo., to Edward A. and Nellie F. Wood.

Mary grew up in the Canon City, Colo., area and then in about 1945 left Colorado with her family when her father went to work in the recently discovered oil fields of the Texas panhandle.

In 1948 she met and married B.C. "Bud" Warner, and they lived in the panhandle area until 1959 at which time the family relocated to central California. In 1964, the family again moved, this time to Lebanon, and then later that same year to Sweet Home. In 1968, after the two oldest children graduated they moved to Albany where they lived until 1990. In 1990, with Bud nearing retirement age, they moved to Sodaville. After Bud passed away in 1993, Mary stayed in Sodaville until 1997 when she moved to Lebanon where she lived until she passed away.

Mary dedicated her life to her family. She always put her children and grandchildren's wants and needs ahead of her own and loved each and every one of them without reservation. In addition to raising four children she was dedicated to her husband and supported him in every adventure in life, except she stopped short when Bud wanted to move to Alaska and homestead in 1956. With three children ranging in age from 1 to 7 (the fourth had not yet arrived) that was not an adventure she was willing to undertake at that point in life. Many years later they did go to Alaska after the two oldest children moved there and Bud went there to work on seasonal basis. She visited Alaska several times afterwards to be with her children and grandchildren there, but Oregon was her home where she would always return after her visits.

Mary loved flowers and always tried to have nice flowers and plants around and in the house. Yellow roses were her favorite flower. In later years you could always find hummingbird feeders in her yard because she loved to watch as they darted about and around the feeders.

Mary was always a good cook and loved to bake. She loved to make German chocolate cakes. She made them from "scratch" and they never lasted long because Bud and the kids and grandkids were always eager to enjoy them. Her greatest baking accomplishment however was her coconut cream pie; it was loved by everyone who had the opportunity to sample it.

Mary is survived by three siblings, Betty Jo Orr, Charlene Wood and Don Wood of Tampa, Texas; children Ed and wife Stephanie Warner of Anchorage, Alaska, Dorothy and husband Odean Hall of Fairbanks, Alaska, Brad Warner of Soldotna, Alaska, and Suzanne and husband Walker Barmore of Lebanon; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was loved and will be missed by all of her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud in 1993.

A viewing will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, and 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 8, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Mary asked that in lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to SafeHaven Humane Society or the Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. Mary's family requests that donations to the hospital be directed specifically to the critical care unit in appreciation for all the wonderful attention and compassion shown by the staff to Mary in her final days.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements (www.sweethomefuneral.com).

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