HERMISTON - Longtime Umatilla resident Noda McNabb, 84, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, in Hermiston. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19 at the Burns Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow in the Hermiston Cemetery.

Mrs. McNabb was born June 26, 1924, in Aplin, Ark., to John and Lillian Moore. She began life with her identical twin sister, Oda. She graduated with the class of 1942 from Aplin High School, and soon thereafter she and Oda headed west. She worked at the Umatilla Army Depot loading ammunition until the end of the war. In 1965, she went to college and became a nurse. She worked at the Eastern Oregon State Hospital for many years.

She met and married Lloyd Ensell Scharf in 1946; he was killed in a car accident in 1954. She then met and married George McNabb, and they made their home in Umatilla; he died in 1983. Finally, she rekindled a friendship with old family friend, Slim Pearson, and they married in 2002.

An avid reader, she had a keen mind for history and politics.

Mrs. McNabb is survived by her son, John Scharf of Salem; stepsons Fred Pearson of Hermiston, Mike Pearson of Boardman and Jim Pearson of Emmett, Idaho; stepdaughter Francine Pearson of Portland; sisters Golda Reinkens of Pasco, Wash., and Hyla Kensler of Kentucky; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and great-nieces and -nephews.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.

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