OBITUARY: Noma Wallace


COLLEGE PLACE - Former Milton-Freewater resident Noma B. Wallace, 93, of College Place died Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at the Regency At The Park. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27 in the chapel of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater. Private inurnment will be held in the Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Wallace was born July 29, 1915, in Argonia, Kan., to Ovle and Edna Henry Oldridge. The family moved to Walla Walla when she was a young girl. She was raised in Walla Walla and attended school there. She met her husband, Jack R. Wallace, while they were in high school and they married in 1935 in Walla Walla.

The Wallaces moved to Montana for a time, back to Walla Walla and then settled in Milton-Freewater. She worked for Sherwood and Roberts as a secretary for several years and retired in the early 1960s.

After their retirement they enjoyed traveling, and spent many winters in Arizona. She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church.

Mrs. Wallace is survived by son Jack Wallace of Milton-Freewater; twin sister Mona Maestretti of Portland; brother Dr. Ovle "Buff" Oldridge of West Vancouver, B. C., Canada; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Her sister, Gwen Gonzalez, died Dec. 20, 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Wallace, in 1999; daughter Carol Workman; sister Ruth Royse; and brother Lamar Oldridge.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Walla Walla Community Hospice or a charity of choice through the funeral home.


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