OBITUARY: Thelma Eileen Marcum


Thelma Eileen Marcum, 82, of Stanfield died Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, at the Regency Hermiston Nursing Home in Hermiston. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7 at the New Hope Community Church, 1350 S. Highway 395, in Hermiston. Burial will follow in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Stanfield.

Mrs. Marcum was born May 12, 1927, in Gering, Neb., to John Girvin and Jane Dickinson Girvin. She married Chester Harold Marcum in 1948 in Vale, and the family moved to Stanfield in 1955.

Over the years she worked primarily as a homemaker, but had jobs outside the home as well. She ironed clothes at five and ten cents an item, worked as a custodian for the Presbyterian Church, sold Lunds Lites candles and Rubbermaid, was a fill-in cook for the school district, and retired as a contractual mail carrier for the Echo post office.

Mrs. Marcum is survived by brothers Russell and Robert Girvin; sisters Margaret Ross, Erma Tschida and Bonnie Magnuson; children Dennis Marcum, Donna Kennedy, Eldon Marcum, Judy Fezatte, Kathy Findley, Mike Marcum, Gary Marcum, Kirk Marcum, Maxine Marcum, John Marcum, Dean Marcum, Jennie Clymer, Lloyd Marcum, Norma Kightlinger, Wes Marcum and Phillip Marcum; numerous sons and daughters-in-law; 34 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Chester Harold Marcum; and brother Blaine Girvin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation, American Red Cross, or to the charity of your choice.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.


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