Eva Marie (Dodson) Gassner
Eva Gassner passed away from natural causes on May 13, 2020, in Madras, Oregon. She was born on October 28, 1925, to Lester and Elnora Dodson, on the family farm near Tumalo. Eva was a graduate of Bend High School and prior to graduation, she worked parttime in the Officer's Dining Room at Camp Abbott, where Sunriver Resort is now located. After high school graduation, she worked fulltime until the military closed the Camp Abbott operation.
Eva was working in the Trailways Bus Depot office in Bend prior to her marriage. On May 5, 1946, she married Lawrence William Gassner, at her parents' home in Bend. Larry had returned to Bend after his World War II service to the Army. Much of his active duty occurred in the South Pacific theater. They celebrated their 25th anniversary in 1971, with a Hawaiian vacation. Larry and Eva had three boys, Gail Lawrence, Gary Paul and Gregory Vincent. They supported the involvement of their sons in the 4-H program, where they raised various livestock. For many years she was involved in the OSU Home Extension program, where she made many lifelong friends.
Eva was crowned Queen of the Deschutes County Pioneer Association in 2006. She was also a member of Deschutes County Historical Society.
Eva is survived by her sons, Gary Gassner (Lynn) and Greg Gassner (Cherie); Glenda Gassner (Sprague Twedt); grandchildren, Dustin Gassner, Nicholas Gassner (Lucy), Brian Gassner (Paula), Rhonda Gassner (Aaron Curry) and Loren Gassner (Jen); great-grandchildren, McKenzie Gassner and Abigail Curry. She leaves her niece, Joyce Peters (Ron).
She was preceded in death by her son, Gail (Glenda); husband, Larry; her parents; and sister, Vadabell Williams Brumblay.
No funeral services are planned due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.