After a long, hard-fought but wonderful life, our mother passed away on Saturday, January 28th. She was 92.
Mom was born to G. Glenn and Olive Follett in Walla Walla, Wash., where she lived the early part of her life. She married John Scott and had a son, Jay. They later divorced. She then married Fred Remillard and had another son, Jack. They later divorced. She then married Al Lammey, and had a daughter JoDean “Jody” and a son James “Jim.” They later divorced.
This left Mom to raise four kids on her own. To do this, she worked full-time as a telephone operator for Pacific Northwest Bell for 38 years. To make ends meet, she worked for the East Oregonian part-time for 29 years. She held other jobs as time would permit, often taking vacation time to work in the cannery in Weston. Yup, she was a hard worker! Asked why she just didn’t take welfare to help pay for raising her family she stated, “Welfare is for people who can’t work, not for people who won’t. I can work!”
She moved her family to Pendleton in the fall of 1959 to be closer to her brother, Dean Forth, and the Pendleton Round-Up, which she loved taking part in. She rode sidesaddle in the Westward Ho! Parade with Beryl Grilley for many years, riding one of Dean’s horses, Madam. She loved riding for Dean, helping gather cattle, going on cattle drives, and helping out at the mountain cabin before Indian Lake covered it in the early ’70s.
Mom was a little bit of a rabble rouser, always having a good time after work, “going out,” she called it, where she would meet with her telephone operator buddies for a few drinks, some laughs, and lots of dancing.
Mom was a giver. There are countless “kids” around Pendleton who have been a large part of her life. Her home was always open to anyone needing a place to stay, whether it be a night or a lifetime.
Mom had nine siblings, Mildred, Naomi, Gladys, Inez, Dean, Bill, Ion, Ila and Glora.
She is survived by her children Jay, Jack, Jody and Jim, and numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Viewing at Burns Mortuary February 3rd, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Remembrance gathering at the VFW Hall February 3rd, 11:00 a.m.