July 19, 1920-March 4, 2003
PILOT ROCK - A memorial service for Florence M. Rasmussen will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Pilot Rock on Saturday at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Skyview Memorial Park, Highway 395, south of Pendleton.
Mrs. Rasmussen, 82, of Pilot Rock, died Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash.
She was born July 19, 1920, at Albee, to Edgar F. and Helen M. Enright Dick.
She graduated from high school at Ukiah and moved to Pendleton where she was employed until she met and on Aug. 9, 1941 married Russell B. Rasmussen at Lewiston, Idaho. The couple made their home in Pilot Rock in a house completely built by Mr. Rasmussen, resulting in the couple never having to make a house payment.
Mrs. Rasmussen was employed for one year during World War II at the Pilot Rock Lumber Mill during a time when her husband was extremely ill.
She was also employed at Pilot Rock Grocery for many years and at the Pilot Rock Pharmacy.
She was talented musically and began playing the piano for dances when she was 8 years old. She continued playing for dances until the early 1960s. She was also the pianist for the Pilot Rock Chapter of Eastern Star for several years.
Mrs. Rasmussen lived at Pilot Rock until Mr. Rasmussen died in 1985, then she moved to Pendleton where she enjoyed many card playing socials and volunteered at the Umatilla County Sheriff's Department and the Bargain Counter on Main street. In 1998, she moved back to Pilot Rock to live with her daughter and son-in-law.
Survivors include sons, Russell Lynn Rasmussen of Pilot Rock, and Richard Thomas Rasmussen of Milton-Freewater; daughters, Nicki Joyce Warren of Phoenix, Ariz., and Jackie Irene Carey of Pilot Rock; sister, Lettie Martin of Medford; grandchildren, Tim S. Rasmussen, Thad S. Rasmussen, Teri Holliday, Rick Rasmussen, Matthew Warren, Piper Foreseth, Kimberly Widner, Dustin Davie, Michael Rasmussen, Ryan Rasmussen and Mindy Rasmussen, and eight great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, Russell, she was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Helen Dick, brothers, Edgar Dick of Echo, and Melvin Dick of Nolan, and a sister, Nellie M. Welch of Prairie City.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pilot Rock Presbyterian Church directly or through Bishop funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 325, Pendleton, OR 97801.