Norita Ruth Marquardt, 64, of Portland died Monday, August 18, 2014, at a Portland area hospital. Funeral service will be held Sunday, August 24, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Lexington Community Bible Church with interment to follow at the Lexington Cemetery.
She was born July 21, 1950, to Bill and Rena Messenger Marquardt at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Heppner, Oregon. Norita attended schools in Lexington and Heppner, where she graduated from high school. She also graduated from Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Eastern Oregon College of Education in La Grande, and Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland.
Norita joined the Portland Police Force in 1975 as a police record clerk, moving through various positions and assignments until her retirement in 2011. She developed a program to enable the police to keep track of the different gangs in the Portland area.
She sang the opening National Anthem for the Portland Winterhawks at their home games for many years. Norita was also active in various churches and bible study groups in the Portland area.
Her wit and wisdom were greatly appreciated and many people came to her for counsel, or to just unload. She was greatly loved by all who knew her.
She is survived by her mother Rena of Lexington; brothers Rick and his wife Charity of Connell, Washington, Doug of Pendleton, Philip and his wife Beth of Pendleton, and Bruce and his wife Delia of Lakewood, California; sisters Billee Owen and her husband Ira of Lexington and Charma Marquardt of Pendleton; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Bill and a sister, Choi (Penny) Marquardt.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lexington Community Bible Church, c/o Sweeney Mortuary, PO Box 97, Heppner, OR 97836
Sweeney Mortuary of Heppner is in care of arrangements.