Mary Jane Stangier, 90, passed away in Hermiston January 25, 2017. She was a devoted wife and mother of four. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Robert Stangier, her sister Barbara McLendon, and her four children Hans Stangier, Dirk Stangier, Megan Watson and Gretchen Stangier and their families.
Mary Jane was born in Pendleton, Ore., on April 26, 1926, to Harry and Lorena Guderian, where she lived a full and accomplished life. During WWII from 1942-1944 she worked on the family ranch driving a wheat truck while the men were at war. Years later in 1948 she graduated with a BS in home economics from Oregon State College, now Oregon State University. During her tenure at Oregon State she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.
On May 22, 1949, she married Robert Stangier and together they owned and operated ABC Kiddie Shop and MJ’s Hallmark store in downtown Pendleton. Both stores were open for 18 years each and provided lots of great memories and social interaction.
Mary Jane was civic-minded as evidenced by the many organizations she served and the causes she supported. She was president of the CM PEO chapter, president of Delphian Society, co-president of the Dinner Dance, co-president of Kill Kare, deacon at First Presbyterian Church, member of the board of directors for Friends of Olney Cemetery, Campfire Girls leader, Boy Scouts den mother, member of the Girls Club and Altrusa. She was also a regular volunteer for the annual Pendleton Round-Up and a member of the Umatilla Historical Society. In 2011, she received the distinguished Presbyterian Honorary Life Membership Award for her faithful service to the Presbyterian Women and to the church.
The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church on Southwest Dorion in Pendleton, Ore.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Umatilla Historical Society or an agency of your choosing.
Online condolences may be sent to www.pioneerchapel.com