May 19, 1910-March 25, 2003
WESTON - A memorial service for Iola R. Hepworth will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Athena Baptist Church. A time of remembering for family and friends will be held at the church from 1-3 p.m. before the service. Private inurnment will be in the Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, Calif.
Mrs. Hepworth, 92, of Weston, died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at her home.
She was born May 19, 1910 in Bonner, Mont., to Guy and Elsie M. Moser Hunter. As a child she lived with her family at Klamath Falls, where they operated a farm. During their time in Klamath Falls, they were involved in a range war over water.
The family later moved to Northern California, settling on a farm in the Shasta area. Mrs. Hepworth had lived in many areas throughout the western states. She attended schools in the various areas, graduating from high school in Colorado. She then returned to California where she was in training for the 1928 Olympics in distance swimming and was placed on the backup team.
Mrs. Hepworth worked in boarding houses and restaurants during the Depression. She later worked as a traveling bookkeeper and buyer for a produce and coffee company.
During World War II, she was employed by the civil service in electrical engineering and received certification in that field. She worked on guidance systems for naval aircraft and blimps and was responsible for putting radar boxes on and off the aircraft and blimps.
On Jan, 2, 1945, she married Harvey Hepworth at Palo Alto, Calif. After her marriage, she continued working for the Navy until she started her family. After her husband's discharge the couple owned and operated a television repair shop in San Leandro, Calif., for 15 years.
Mr. Hepworth died Sept. 6, 1960. After his death she moved to Weston Mountain, where she lived for 40 years. Mrs. Hepworth had been employed at Tollgate Mountain Chalet, sold real estate and sold Caribou ATVs, retiring when she was 72. She then helped a friend operate a motel in Westport.
Mrs. Hepworth was a member of the Athena Baptist Church.
She enjoyed snowmobiling, crocheting, knitting and reading.
Survivors include a daughter, Donna Reitz of Weston; brothers, Wayne Hunter of Redding, Calif., and L.D. Hunter of Milton-Freewater; sister, Wilma Moore of La Grande; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister and three brothers.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pendleton Pregnancy Care Services, 17 S.W. Frazier No. 228, Pendleton, OR 97801 or through Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862. Those wishing to bring flowers are encouraged to bring a single rose.