Aug. 9, 1921-July 22, 2007

HERMISTON - Gladys "Virginia" Wells Moore Pearce, who lived in the Hermiston/Echo area since 1921, died on July 22, 2007. She was 85.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Hermiston with burial to follow at Hermiston Cemetery.

Mrs. Pearce was born Aug. 9, 1921, in Echo. She attended school in Echo until 1935, at which time she moved to Hermiston. She attended Hermiston schools where she was active in tennis.

She worked at the Oasis Theatre as an usher and at the Hermiston Creamery and Experiment Station. She served as Queen of the Hermiston Fair in 1937 and graduated from Hermiston High School in 1939.

She married Elbert Moore in Dec. 1940. They lived in California and Nevada while Mr. Moore was in Army Air Corps. She served as President of The Wives Club.

They returned to Hermiston where Virginia worked as a secretary and participated in the Hermiston Swim Club. She was actively involved in the starting of the first 4-H Horse Club, the Umatilla Sage Riders and bridge club. She also enjoyed water and snow skiing, hunting, fishing, and trap shooting.

After husband's death in 1963, she worked for the Army Ordinance Depot, retiring in 1983.

After retirement, she met and married William Pearce.

She is survived by her husband Bill; daughter Barbara Campbell; son Guy Moore of Portland; six grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.

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