Madelyn “Lynn” Hinson Epler, 83, passed away Sunday, Dec. 3, in her own home, where she’d been lovingly cared for during her last years by her husband of almost 63 years.
She was born Jan. 14, 1934, in Old Hickory, Tennessee. Her family moved to Richland, Washington, in June 1944, when she was 10. She grew up in Richland where both she and her husband-to-be graduated from Columbia High School in 1952. Upon graduation, she went to work for General Electric, while her future husband entered the U.S. Air Force to participate in the Korean War.
Two years later, on Dec. 21, 1954, she married 2nd Lt. Richard J. “Dick” Epler to join him at his first duty station in Nashville, Tennessee.
Within eight years, they had four children. Over the next 24 years, she enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom. Her talent for homemaking was especially evident during the Christmas season with lights, decorations, the scent of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, candles and music. She could often be heard singing “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” while cooking breakfast.
In the following 35 years, she and her husband first built their dream home on 60 acres southeast of Mt. Vernon, then bought a motor home to journey all over the lower 48, and into Canada and Alaska.
She was loving and generous, and her priorities were her faith and her family. She will be missed.
She is survived by her husband; four children, Sherri Epler Fitzgerald, Jim (Susan) Epler, Mike (Dua) Epler and Rob (Jamie) Epler; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Epler’s memory can be made to Blue Mountain Hospice, through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.