The people of Alvadore lost a kind and gently friend Sunday, with the passing of Millissa Lemmon.She was released from her bed of pain at a nursing home where she had been a patient for several months.
Millissa Jane Stapleton was born June 22, 1890, to Mrs. and Mrs. J. W. Stapleton, in Brown County, Kansas.Her early years were filled with many movings as her parents went from Kansas to Montana to Colorado, to Kansas and to Montana again.Their last stay in Montana was a short duration, however, having relatives in Oregon, the family came to Alvadore in January, 1920, and lived at the Hotel, which stood near the train station in the north part of town.One day a Mr. Xury Lemmons, whose family were early-day settlers here, came to the Hotel, saw Millissa, and decided she was the one for him.They were married October 6, 1920.Except for five years when they were away working for the railroad, they lived all their married life in a big old house north of Alvadore.They had two children, Barbara (Mrs. Emil Hansen) and Vearl.
In 1930, Millissa was elected President of Thursday Club, for the first time, in 1934, when the women of the Church and community organized the Friendly Helpers Council (Now Alvadore Christian Council ) Millissa was elected its first President.The Lemmons were foster parents to many children who had no other real home.
Millissa was a member of Alvadore Christian Church since 1920, and served as secretary, deaconess, and member of the Board of Trustees for several terms.Her work with an embroidery needle and crochet hook was delightful to see; her hand made pillowcases, dishtowels, quilts were treasures to receive.As an amateur actress, she was tremendous.Ever the lighthearted, gay comedienne, she gained the leading role in neighborhood productions.Children loved to go visit her at Christmas time, the carolers always stopped at her home because they knew she would have hot cocoa, cookies and other goodies waiting for them.
She was “no bigger than a minute” in stature, but in love, generosity, kindness, charity, thoughtfulness, she was ten feet tall!After her husband’s death in 1959, she stayed on in the big house until failing health forced a move.For a while she lived in a mobile home in her son’s yard and from the windows she still could see the house where she had spent more than 45 years.
Always a Lady.That’s the way one of her neighbors described her.She was a fiend to all, and everyone loved her.Her passing has left a hole in the circle, but whoever believes in God must believe that someday we will again hear her sweet soprano voice, and see her dear smiling face.West Lane News Jan. 22, 1970, Veneta, Oregon
When we moved into our house across the road from the Lemmons in 1973, I bought peaches from them.
This obit came from a book project I’m working on, I don’t know anything else about this person, or other obits in this area.