OBITUARY: Jean Ellen Whitbread


PENDLETON - Jean Ellen Whitbread, 84, of Pendleton died Monday, June 22, 2009, at her home after an extended illness. Viewing will be held from 8-10 a.m. Friday, June 26 at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, 201 S.W. Dorion Ave., with a reception immediately following in the church's Rogers Fellowship Room. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in Olney Cemetery.

Mrs. Whitbread was born April 26, 1925, in Grand Forks, N.D., to Manville and Viola Hattie Berg. She was raised and attended schools in Grand Forks and Portland, and graduated from high school in Bellingham, Wash.

She met her future husband, Hugh Whitbread, in 1942 while working for Montgomery Ward in Portland as a window dresser. She then attended nursing school at Good Samaritan Hospital for two years. She and Hugh were married in 1947 in Portland after a long courtship.

In 1948 the Whitbreads moved to Baker City and started their family. Hugh was stationed in Kodiak, Alaska, with the Navy in 1951 during the Korean Conflict, and the family joined him there until his honorable discharge. They then returned to Baker City, where their seven children were raised.

The Whitbreads bought Riverside Nursery in Pendleton in 1972, and she raised flowers while also dedicating herself to her family as a homemaker and mother. She later worked in the cafeteria at Blue Mountain Community College.

Mrs. Whitbread is survived by her husband, Hugh Whitbread, at the home in Pendleton; daughters Gail Hogge and Julie Imsland, both of Pendleton, and Carol Singleton and Mary De La Cruz, both of Walla Walla; sons Derek Whitbread of Hermiston and David Whitbread of Pendleton; brother Roger Berg of Aloha; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a niece and two nephews.

She was preceded in death by daughter Joyce Westersund, and granddaughter Kiana De La Cruz.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Kitchen Fund, 201 S.W. Dorion Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801.

Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.


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