Violet Lucille Thissell died Feb. 19, 2006, at her residence in John Day. She was 83.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25 at the New Life Center (Assembly of God Church) 896 E. Main, John Day. Pastor Duane Cheadle, of the First Christian Church, will officiate. A reception will follow at the senior center. Interment was held at the Canyon City Cemetery.

Mrs. Thissell was born Feb. 20, 1922, in Long Creek to Oscar and Annie Allen. She was their only child. Her paternal grandparents, John and Alonia Allen, crossed the plains from Little Rock, Ark. in the 1880s.

She spent her early years in Long Creek and started school in Fox Valley. The family moved to John Day in 1930, settling on the Walter Warren Ranch on Pine Creek. She attended and graduated from the eighth grade at the Indian Creek Grade School. She then went to Grant Union High School for four years.

At this point in her life, she met a young man named Walter Thissell. They were married March 8, 1941, in Payette, Idaho. They had three children, Klista Ann, Lois Joy and Ronald Eugene. The family moved to Burns in 1958 and returned to John Day in 1980.

Mrs. Thissell is survived by her two daughters, Klista McRae and her husband, Lloyd, of Yakima, Wash. and Joy May and her husband, Jim, of Darrington, Wash.; one daughter-in-law, Sharon Thissell, of Seneca; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Annie, her husband, Walter, and son, Ronald.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

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