Elizabeth “Liz” Moles passed away April 27 at home, surrounded by loved ones. A memorial service was held Saturday, May 12, at the John Day Senior Center with Pastor Jack Retherford officiating the service.
Moles was born in Fairfax, Oklahoma, on Aug. 6, 1937, to Mabel and Homer Miller. Her brother Billie was 10 years old and excited to finally have a sibling. She lived in Oklahoma until her parents moved in 1939 to Canby and bought a farm.
Moles attended school in Molalla. During her high school years, she met and married her high school sweetheart David R. Moles. The two of them eloped and on Aug. 8, 1952, they were married, when she was 15 years old. They had four children together, Carol, David, Donald and Connie. They lived in Scotts Mills, Mulino, Silverton, Oregon City and Salem.
In the summer of 1964, they moved to John Day. He worked at John Day Motor Company, and she worked at Marion’s Cafe. They divorced a few years later.
On Dec. 31, 1967, she married the love of her life, Raymond L. Moles. This union created an even bigger family as his children, Terri, Renee, Laura, Shawn and Ray, joined the already full house. They enjoyed many hunting and fishing adventures together.
She was a master seamstress. She shared her sewing abilities with the youth of Grant County by volunteering as a 4-H leader. She also made beautiful matching dresses for granddaughters and taught her children how to sew as well. She was a great cook. Later in her life, she learned how to paint. It took some coaxing by her best friend of 54 years, Dorothy Palmer, but in this venture she created some beautiful portraits of her children and multiple country landscapes.
Moles will be remembered for her fierce love of her family. She was deeply loved and will be deeply missed by those who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her brother Billie; husband, Raymond; and grandson Joseph.
She is survived by her children Terri Stevens (Larry) of Silverton, Carol Thompson (Darwin) of John Day, Renee Marks (Cory) of Prairie City, David Moles and Donald Moles of John Day, Laura Moles of Umatilla, Connie Karns (Jim) of Chehalis, Washington, Ray Moles (Vicki) of Silverton and Shawn Moles of John Day; 30 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blue Mountain Hospice, 422 W. Main St., John Day, OR 97845. To leave condolences, visit driskillmemorialchapel.com.