Marion Elizabeth Jeffers, 87, was born June 24, 1930, the only child of Fred and Ada Vaughn of Petaluma, California.
She attended Petaluma High School, graduating in 1948. She attended Western Baptist Bible College in Oakland, California in 1949 where she met Lyle Jeffers. While at Western, Marion was involved with a trio that sang for radio programs on at least one Christian radio station in the bay area and was also involved in a sextet singing group.
Also as a student at the college, she met Lyle Jeffers. They were married Oct. 7, 1950. They had four daughters, Sandra, Cheryl, Ronna and Leeann. Cheryl died at the age of 18 months from a heart defect and Ronna died in 1980.
Marion and Lyle moved quite often prior to about 1980, living in California, Iowa, South Dakota, Nevada and Oregon. Lyle served primarily as a cowboy preacher.
Marion herself worked in housekeeping in a hospital in Ames, Iowa. Later worked as a hospital unit secretary in John Day, Oregon in 1974. She also served as a hospital unit secretary when she and Lyle lived in Lodi, California and later in North Bend, Oregon from where she retired.
In 1994, Marion and Lyle became charter members of the Oregon Gospel Music Association, and as The Jeffers, performed in several churches in the area. Also in the group were Lyle’s brother, Elmer and sister Betty, nephew Chris Nielsen and son-in-law Lanny.
After Lyle Jeffers died in 2005, she later married her longtime brother-in-law, Elmer Jeffers, Oct. 21, 2006. They first lived in North Bend, Oregon, then moved to Pilot Rock, Oregon, in 2010.
She passed away in Pendleton Oct. 13, 2017, and was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Lyle, two daughters, and is survived by her second husband, Elmer, one other brother-in-law, two sisters-in-law, two daughters, one son-in-law, three grandsons and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at the Pilot Rock Baptist Church with a reception to follow.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.pioneerchapel.com