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Edna Mae Wilson Keffer

May 13, 1910 — July 25, 2010

Edna Mae Wilson Keffer, 100, of La Grande, died July 25 at a local nursing center. Her funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in La Grande. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery.

Edna Mae was born May 13, 1910, to William and Myra Hatfield Wilson in Amarillo, Texas. Her family came to La Grande when she was 18 months old, and their first home is where Serendipity Bridal and Formal Wear is now located.

Edna Mae attended school in La Grande, graduating from La Grande High School in 1928. She met and married Leslie L. Keffer in La Grande in 1932. Les and Edna Mae had two sons, Alan H. and Michael L. "Larry" Keffer.

While Les was in the military, Edna Mae lived in Umatilla for a short time and was employed by US Bank. Les and Edna Mae co-owned Trotters Men's Store with John and Milodene Groupe until Les retired in 1975. They loved to travel. Her favorite place to go was the family cabin at Wallowa Lake.

Edna Mae was known to all of her grandkids as "Gangy."

Edna Mae was a member of the PEO Chapter DK, and served as a Pink Lady for the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of the La Grande Country Club and an active member of the First Presbyterian Church where she served as a deacon and in many other capacities.

She is survived by her two sons, Alan and his wife, Janis, of La Grande and Larry of La Grande; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leslie, who died in 1982; and her sister, Bernice Bay.

Memorial contributions may be made to the PEO Chapter DK memorial fund or First Presbyterian Church of La Grande.


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