July 11, 1919 - April 6, 2014-
VeLoris Fine was born July 11, 1919, in Owatonna, Minn., the fifth child of Fred and Mary (Staska) Herger. She went to
be with her Lord on April 6, 2014, in Milwaukie, OR. VeLoris was raised in Owatonna and received her teachers credits in Duluth. She taught a short time in Minnesota. There was a big write up in the paper about a blizzard as it was thought her
students along with VeLoris were lost in the storm. But soon they were found safe at one students home.
She met her husband-to-be, Eben (Dude) Fine at Lockheed in California. Dude was in the Army and was guarding the
facility. They married in Las Vegas, which was common during wartime. Later they moved to Minnesota where their daughter was born in 1943; then moved to an Army base in Temple, TX. When Frances was still a baby they moved to Shaniko, Moro and then Antelope, OR. In Antelope VeLoris taught grades 5-8 in a two room schoolhouse from 1947-1953. She had a great love of teaching and enjoyed each of her students – which
included nieces, nephews and her own daughter. She was
always willing to stay after school to help anyone who didnt fully understand something being taught. VeLoris was very
concerned the she did her best teaching so she could provide the best possible education to each student.
In 1951 Dude and VeLoris bought a small farm in Terrebonne. She was a wonderful mother and wife. On Dec. 15, 1970, her husband died. A short time later, she moved back to Minnesota to take care of her elderly mother. She cared for her for 13 years. During the earlier part of her stay she worked at the Johnson Co. where her brother Fred worked. After her mother passed away, she moved back to Oregon and later lived with her sister Bonnie and her husband Gus for a few years.
Both she and Bonnie attended the Episcopal Church, did acrylic painting and traveled together. She traveled to Norway and Germany with her sister-in-law Ardis Hager, whom she thought of as one of her sisters. She enjoyed seeing her nieces and nephews and their families, plus family from the Midwest, and her daughter and her family when they came to visit at her sisters. She knitted and crocheted for charity and volunteered at the Parkrose Salvation Army for many years. She enjoyed visiting her daughter and her family. She went camping with them at Mt. Hood, Central Oregon, and the beach. She had a great love for her grandchildren, Mark Urell, Carrie Figueroa and her husband Kevin, and her great-granddaughters Malea and Maya.
When her health wasnt so good she moved from her sisters to her daughters. While her daughter worked, a good friend, Karen Heisermann gave her wonderful loving care. After about a year, it was determined by her family and Karen that she needed trained care. VeLoris moved to Golden Heart Adult
Foster Care where she had wonderful loving care. Her family is so grateful to Karen, Nemia and Loleta.
VeLoris is survived by her daughter, Frances Murphy of
Milwaukie; grandson, Mark Urell of Portland; granddaughter, Carrie Figueroa (husband Kevin); darling great-granddaughters, Malea and Maya Figueroa of Vancouver; her sister, Bonnie
Grazier of Portland; and many nieces and nephews; her sister-in-law, Ardis Hager of Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her father and mother; her husband Eben; her grandson Lari Urell; son-in-law Ed Murphy; her brothers Fred and Bud Hager; her sisters Frances Sanders, Maxine Anderson and Mary Jones. VeLoris is greatly missed by her family and friends.
Contributions may be made in her memory to her favorite charities: the Veterans of America or the Alzheimers Association.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 1 P.M with the St. Matthews Angelican Church which meets at the Mt. Tabor Seventh Day Adventist Church, located at 1001 SE 60th Ave, Portland, Or 97215. Arrangements entrusted to Peake Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services, Milwaukie, OR.
At a later date she will be buried with her husband at
Mt. Jefferson Cemetery in Madras, OR.