OBITUARY: Bonnie M. Pittenger


LINCOLN CITY - Former Pendleton resident Bonnie M. Pittenger, 87, of Lincoln City died Friday, March 13, 2009, at Lakeview Senior Living in Lincoln City. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 19 at Unity by the Sea in Gleneden Beach, with a reception following. Private vaulted interment will follow at Taft Pioneer Cemetery.

Mrs. Pittenger was born April 30, 1921, in Capefair, Mo., to Wes and Rose Hammonds. She was raised in Stone County, Mo., and married Joe Haynes of Crane, Mo., shortly after graduating from high school in 1941. They had two sons. Mr. Haynes died when the boys were young, and then in 1955 her son J.C. was killed by a drunk driver at the age of nine. She and son Willis moved to Moses Lake, Wash., to live with relatives, where she met and married Lee Pittenger in 1956; they had one daughter.

She started selling Avon, and soon was promoted and transferred to The Dalles. She was promoted to district manager and moved to Pendleton in 1964. In the late 1960s she began managing the Tapadera Motel, and Lee joined her after his retirement from the school district in 1978.

The Pittengers moved around and traveled until settling on the Oregon coast. Mr. Pittenger died in 1999. She most recently moved to Lakeview (Lincolnshire) Senior Living, where she spent her final years.

Mrs. Pittenger is survived by children Willis Haynes and Idel Ramsey; sister Evelyn of Kansas City, Mo.; and brothers Roy Hammonds of Olympia, Wash., and Bill Hammonds of Florida.

She was preceded in death by husband Lee Pittenger.

Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospice, 3100 N.E. 28th St., Lincoln City, OR 97367.

Services entrusted into the care of Affordable Burial & Cremation of Lincoln City.


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