Poole, Fannie Brothers Molstrom – Obituary

A graveside funeral service for Fannie Molstrom Poole will be held at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton on Friday at 10 a.m. Mrs. Poole, 92, of Pendleton, died Tuesday, May 14, 1991, at Amber Valley Care Center in Pendleton.

She was born Oct. 10, 1898, at Paducah, KY, to Chris Henry and Rachael Valentine Lee. She married Roy Brothers in 1915; they were later divorced. On March 4, 1929, she married Henry Molstrom. The couple was engaged in farming north of Pendleton for over 60 years. Mr. Molstrom died in 1975. In 1982 she married Elwyn Poole. He died in 1986.

Mrs. Poole was very active in the Democratic Party and received three presidential invitations to the Inaugural Ball from presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Carter. She was president of the Ladies Democratic Club, was Congressman Al Ullman’s County Chairman for six years, Umatilla County Democratic Central Committee Woman for many years, served as chairman of fund-raising for Azalea House at Oregon State University, sponsored dances at Cold Spring Grange Hall; was a member of the Round-Up Hall of Fame committee when it was organized; appointed to the Umatilla County Welfare Commission by Gov. Robert Holmes and Gov. Mark Hatfield; and served with a Umatilla County group to encourage women to vote. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and Ladies of the Oriental Shrine.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Wiginton of Pendleton; a sister, Karee Kendall of Elgin, and two granddaughters. A son Norman R. Brothers, died earlier. [Interment at Olney Cemetery]

Contributed by: Shelli Steedman



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