La Grande, Oregon
Audrey Maldonado, 89, of La Grande, died Feb. 28 at her home. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. March 16 at the La Grande Country Club, 10605 S. McAlister.
Audrey was born Jan. 15, 1918, to L. W. and Adrian (House) Copeland in Pendleton. She was raised in Pendleton and graduated from Pendleton High School in 1935. After graduation she moved to the San Francisco Bay area to further her education and worked for several companies and at the 1938-1939 World’s Fair on Treasure Island.
While in California she met Jim Maldonado. They were married Aug. 30, 1940. During World War II, Jim served in the military, and they were stationed in Fort Riley, Kan., until he was sent overseas in 1944.
After the war they returned to Pendleton, where Jim worked for Audrey’s father in the electrical contracting business. During their time in Pendleton, their first child, Jadon “Herk,” was born in 1947.
Soon after his birth the family moved to La Grande, where they operated La Grande Electric. Two more sons were born to Audrey and Jim, Jeffrey in 1950 and James in 1955. Audrey and Jim divorced in 1970.
Audrey was employed in the business offices of Grande Ronde Hospital for 16 years, retiring in 1984. In her retirement she enjoyed volunteering for the Chamber of Commerce. She thoroughly enjoyed her friends, playing golf and bridge and cooking.
Survivors include her sons, Herk Maldonado of Mesa, Ariz., and Jeffrey Maldonado of Tigard; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; a nephew, Richard Wright; and other relatives. Her son James preceded her in death.
Memorials may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.
The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Mar. 10, 2007 Published: March 10, 2007
March 16 — Audrey Maldonado memorial service, 11 a.m., La Grande Country Club, 10605 S. McAlister
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