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Edna Pearl (Eckhardt) Wilhelm

July 22, 1929 July 31, 2019
Edna Pearl (Eckhardt) Wilhelm
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Edna Pearl Wilhelm, age 90, passed away in Springfield, Oregon on July 31, 2019, after a long struggle with dementia. Edna was born July 22, 1929 in Windsor, Colorado, to William and Pauline Eckhardt (both deceased). In 1944 her family moved to Portland, Oregon where she and her sister became the first teenagers to work in the downtown Meier and Frank Tea Room, due to a shortage of available workers during the war. She graduated from the Bookkeeping Course of Study at the High School of Commerce, in 1947, with a certificate in bookkeeping and went on to work at a meat market and a hotel supply. On July 2, 1950 she married her sweetheart, Frederick Wilhelm, with whom she celebrated 65 anniversaries. Since Fred’s truck driving took him away from the family, for weeks at a time, in 1958 they purchased a farm in Yamhill and moved their family there. During the following years, along with raising a family, Edna helped maintain the farm and took over 13 classes (i.e. cake decorating, calligraphy). In addition, she worked as a church janitor for 25 years and as the bookkeeper for their mushroom compost business. Edna was a member of Yamhill Christian Church and Bethel Baptist Church and a faithful Christian. Edna is survived by her children, Marlene (Rich) Hockema of Springfield, Douglas (Ruthy) Wilhelm of Yamhill, Lynette (Gary) Nelson of McMinnville, and Terry Wilhelm of McMinnville, as well as nine grandchildren, (Brandon, Ryan, Chad, Darci, TJ, Cody, Holly, Tracy, and Cory), and eight great grandchildren (with one on the way), (Rowan, Arik, Ana, Brandon, Addilyn, Savanna, Eli, and Zeke…Emma’s ETA 9/10/19), sister Verna (Al) Kuhn of Portland, sister-in-law Barbara Smith of Portland, brother-in-law Tom (Pat) Wilhelm of Prineville. Edna was predeceased by her husband, Fred, sister Dorothy Schreiner and brother Robert Eckhardt. A memorial service and reception will be held August 31, 2019, at 1:00 PM, at Northwest (formerly Newberg) Christian Church, 2315 Villa Road, Newberg, Oregon. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Karen (Williams) Jones Scholarship Fund, c/o Yamhill-Carlton High School.

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1:00 PM 8/31/2019 1:00:00 PM
Norhtwest Christian Church - Newberg Campus

2318 Villa Rd
Newberg, OR 97132

Norhtwest Christian Church - Newberg Campus
2318 Villa Rd Newberg 97132 OR
United States

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