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Claudine Davis Word

Claudine Davis Word was born to William Leslie and Myrtle Straughn Davis on January 20, 1904, in Lone Wolf, Okla. She grew up and went to school in Oklahoma, mostly Roger Mills County, then moved to Arnett and Shattuck to teach school. It was here she met and married Edgar L. "Stub" Word. Together they had three sons, Millard Leslie, Jimmie Dick and Edgar Steve Word.

In 1940 they moved to Oregon where they lived the rest of their lives, after working in the shipyards during the war, they then built houses, and sold real estate, until 1952 when Edgar L. died, Claudine then went back to school and renewed her teaching certificate and began teaching in Hillsboro’s elementary school, where she stayed until she retired 10 years later. Her interest was always in building houses, and even when she taught school, she managed to have the foundations of a new house poured by the time the school year ended, and she then spent the summer building a new house, which she sold in the fall.

Upon retirement from teaching she married Robert Donaldson until Mr. Donaldson’s death in 1978.

Her interest in buildings and property continued until she suffered a stroke in 1985, and partially lost her ability to speak. She also maintained an active interest in gardening, particularly flowers. Early in 1987 she moved into Edgewood Place Retirement Home in Beaverton, Ore., where she died December 28, 1987, peacefully in her sleep.

A simple graveside ceremony was conducted by her son Millard on January 2, 1988, consisting of reading the above details of her life and asking those assembled to fill in the spaces with their own unique and favorite memories of her, some chose to share those memories. Finally Thomas Mendoza sang, " The Lord’s Prayer" and we told her goodbye. She was survived by her three sons, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Obits from old newspapers submitted by: John A. Rider

Transcribed by: Linda Fox - Ellis County Historical Society


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